Stamped & Decorative Concrete
Many people misunderstand the capabilities of concrete, and think of it as a plain material that can’t provide the visual delight of other material choices – of course, this is a major misconception. Stamped concrete is a fantastic option for many situations, and dispels the notion that concrete can’t be decorative or visually pleasing. We’ve provided customers with stamped and decorative concrete provisions for driveways, patios, sidewalks, parking lots, and more – and they’re always thrilled with the outcome. Read on to find out more about stamped concrete, and how our services could benefit you and your project.
What is Stamped Concrete?
Essentially, stamped concrete is where concrete is patterned, textured, or embossed to resemble other materials and surfaces. This could be anything from brick and slate, to tile and wood. The variability in the look of stamped concrete makes it an adaptable option for so many different settings, and our certified contractors are experienced in providing authentic looks for all sorts of materials. The intricacy and attention to detail involved demonstrates the highest standard of workmanship, and you’ll be in disbelief that you’re looking at concrete rather than the material it’s imitating.
What’s the Process?
The process of creating stamped concrete largely falls into the following stages; pouring the cement, adding the primary color (this can be done either in the mixer or after the placement), applying the color release agent, laying texturizing mats, allowing the mixture to dry, washing the release agent off, and applying clear sealing. Not all companies undergo the same process, but the variation isn’t substantial. Once the process is complete, the surface should be usable for foot traffic around 48 hours in, and after about a week you’ll be able to drive your vehicles on it.
Choose Your Look
The standout benefit of stamped concrete is the variability of its styles and aesthetics. Stamped concrete can effectively mimic brick paving, flagstones, slate, tiling, cobblestone, wood, and so much more. As you’ll be adding a unique color to the mixture, you’ll have a lot of flexibility over the particular look of your intended material. This means that as much variation as there is amongst the materials, there’s even more possible permutations within those individual materials – for example, you could have lighter or darker shades of slate, or different brickwork patterns. The possibilities involved are nearly endless, and our team can run through the different choices with you until you find what you’re looking for.
The other side of stamped concrete is that you get all the advantages of regular concrete with the added visual flair. Concrete is extremely robust, standing up to heavy vehicle and foot traffic, intense weather conditions, precipitation, and more. It doesn’t allow weed growth – which would be a potential issue when choosing flagstones, and other individual paving materials. It’s very low maintenance, and just requires routine cleaning rather than intensive treatments – and this contributes to a very low life cycle cost, with an affordable installation cost too. The benefits are very wide-ranging, which make it an obvious choice for patios, driveways, parking lots, and so many other settings.