Stamped Concrete Contractor
In certain applications, people use stamped concrete to create looks similar to other textured looks such as brick, stone, and even wood. Stamped concrete is primarily used in patio design, walkway designs, driveway designs, and even interior flooring designs. People tend to turn to stamped concrete as it is a low-cost solution that can “mimic” the look of higher-end materials without costing as much. Stamped concrete can be customized using coloring agents combined with texture and/or design molds.
Stamped concrete requires a base color, an accent color, and a pattern to look the best. The base color is used to create the primary color seen. To add the base color, it has to be added in the mixing phase (it’s a powered pigment that helps to modify the plain gray color of concrete). In general, it’s better to add the coloring agent during the mixing phase. There is another option where it can be applied to the top of the concrete, but this is not as effective and tends to be less durable.
Next, you’ll add the accent color. This is not done in the mixing phase. Instead, this is done in the stamping phase. This is the color that is used to create the added depth to truly “mimic” the higher-end material it’s standing in for. There are two types of applications for accent colors: powdered/cast-on and liquid/spray-on. Powered colors are spread out over the surface and helps to keep the stamp from sticking. Liquid accent colors are sprayed onto the bottom of the stamp to add the textures and/or patterns.
While it’s not the same, stamping can create a high-end look without all the associated costs of using higher-quality materials. In fact, stamping can even be used to create one-off, unique looks that can’t be duplicated by other materials.
To great a stamped pattern, the concrete has to be freshly poured. After that, a form and/or stamp that is made out of polyurethane has to be placed onto the concrete. Think of a form/stamp as a “cookie cutter”. After the stamp is pressed into the concrete, it leaves an impression that gives it a unique look that looks similar to other high-end materials such as stone and/or wood.
Stamping does take longer to finish as it requires more work, but the look of a stamped patio, walkway, and/or interior floor will last for a long time. Plus, a stamped floor will be easier to clean and maintain when compared to the other natural and/or higher-end materials such as stones and/or wood.