Stamped concrete turns ordinary concrete into something beautiful. There are hundreds of patterns and designs to choose from. It is being used inside homes, for exterior patios, walkways, driveways, and pool decks.
If you're interested in stamped concrete, read on and learn about all the possibilities it has to offer.
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The popularity of concrete stamping or imprinted concrete keeps growning every year.
By stamping the concrete it can be made to look like fieldstone, cobblestone, wood, brick, tile and many other types of patterns. The choices are limitless.
Concrete stamping offers a number of advantages when compared to other materials like asphalt, natural stone, and precast pavers.
We usually color the concrete, pour the patio or driveway and wait until it is almost hard enough to walk on without sinking in more than a 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch.
Then we cover the surface with a powdered or liquid release agent this keeps the stamps from sticking to the surface. It also adds an antique effect to the final finish.
The next step is to press the rubber stamps into the surface of the concrete pull them up and the texture or pattern is left.
After it cures saw in the expansion joints and apply a good quality concrete sealer.
The end result can be a beautiful concrete slab that looks like slate, stone or even wood planks.
The versatility of concrete stamping is probably its biggest asset. With all the different integral concrete colors, concrete acid stains, textures, and patterns that are available there is something for everyone.
It can be combined with exposed aggregate finishes or add a border to enhance the look of a particular pattern.
The durability of concrete and the look of professionally stamped decorative concrete is making the choice an easier one for homeowners when comparing cost and maintenance.
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Q. Is it possible to use 3/4 plywood with a pattern embedded to stamp fresh concrete? A. I guess anything is possible, I've never tried that. My personal …