Stamped Concrete Patterns Overlays
Stamped concrete patterns provide all the aesthetic benefits of normally stamped concrete. The only difference is that they are applied over existing concrete. A stamped concrete overlay enables you to duplicate or replicate the texture and beauty of slate, brick, wood, natural stone or other materials.
The good news is that you don’t have to replace your concrete. Additionally, they don’t come with high overhead costs. If you want to keep things simple, you can use ready-made stamped concrete patterns, and apply on your surfaces. However, if you want to explore your creative side, you can make a customized artificial appearance, using stamped concrete.
Creating a Customized Concrete Stamping Tool
When creating a custom stamped concrete design, the most important thing is to be creative and innovative. If you are not sure where you should begin or even the decorative pattern or effect to apply, the color to use or the combination of patterns, just look around your home and you will be inspired.
You can come up with a unique design idea. Moreover, you can use readily available items like a pillow or a painting or a simple rug, to draw inspiration and establish a foundation for your theme.
As long as the chosen idea can make a lasting impression on cement, then you are good to go. There are not boundaries to your imagination.
All you need to do is to start somewhere and expand upon the idea. Stamp impressions can be built from any idea or inspiration in your home or immediate environment.
You can also use commercial stamping. There are various solid ideas out there, although they sometimes seem over-ambitious. The thing is, you don’t require large stamps to bring out the beauty in your concrete.
In fact, it is something that can be discreetly done, using concrete overlay effects. For example, something like a simple woodblock in your home can be incorporated into your stamped concrete.
However, you need to ensure that any material used does not stick to the surface finish, which might otherwise damage the product or results.
Additionally, any durable material can enhance your interior and exterior surfaces. You can also use commercial stamps to create corner designs or decorative borders for your counter tops.
Commercial stamps can also be used on a large scale, to decorate your concrete garden path or driveway. Creating stamped concrete patterns can make your redecoration project fun and interesting. The best thing about this procedure is that it is easy to carry out, both for professionals and homeowners.
You will also be learning some aspects of concrete while improving your DIY skills. For example, if you are redecorating your home because it was damaged by fire or you have just moved into the new property, then you can use a past emblem such as an auto transmission system, and use it as your customized concrete stamping tool.
As you can see, you don’t have to spend vast amounts of money investing in commercial stamps. There are ready materials around you, which you can utilize and come up with a unique design. After all, you want your home to stand out and not appear as if it is part of a local building or housing project.
You need to note that when using past or old items as concrete stamping tools, you should be aware of the associated risks. What does this mean?
In short, your precious item from the past, which was passed down to you by your grandparents, can end up damage, if it fails to pull out from the concrete. On the other hand, commercial stamps are generally engineered and designed to come out clean and leave a beautiful or artistic impression. They pull out smoothly, leaving consistent results. However, homemade or customized concrete tools don’t achieve the same effect.
Artificial Stamped Concrete Overlays
You can apply your artificial stamped concrete overlay, on existing or new concrete, on both exterior and interior surfaces. Patterned concrete overlays can be applied on different surfaces, including floors, walls and other vertical surfaces.
They are very effective when it comes to refreshing the appearance of an existing surface such as a patio, driveway, floors and pool decks. Before using stamped concrete overlays on your concrete surfaces, consult a building professional, who will determine whether your concrete can be successfully resurfaced.