Many picture Concrete as mundane and gray being a minimalist design. However, concrete is the one type of material that can create versatile designs and shapes making any project beautifully decorative. One of many designs can be accomplished by using stamped concrete. A pattern or texture that is created to resemble other building materials such as brick, tile, stone, wood, and slate. Stamped Concrete can be placed on any project desired, such as, driveways, sidewalks, patios, surface tops, any many more. Having stamped concrete as an option is ideal when wanting other building materials but wanting a longer lasting surface.
Stamping patterns can be any type of other building materials that can be resembled using concrete. Say you are looking for either brick, stone, wood, slate, or tile for your new walkway but don’t know if it is beneficial since it won’t last for years. Concrete is the best option when you can easily use specific coloring and an exact stamp that replicates a desired material. These patterns look identical to other materials but can last longer than the authentic materials. Of course, colors are usually neutral color to obtain an authentic building material. However, you can always add in multiple colors for a decorative border.
How to Stamp Concrete
If you ever made homemade cookies before and took the cookie cutters out to design a beautifully designed cookie, then you can picture how stamping concrete can be designed. Just like your cookies, a metal or plastic mold is made to resemble a desired building material. Once the mold is ready to go, the concrete is placed, and you must have perfect timing and skill since you only get one chance of perfection. When wanting stamped concrete on top of existing concrete, all you need to do is place a concrete overlay on top. Making sure all the coloring and hardeners/release agents are applied is important before placing the stamps. This may seem easy to do yourself, but it requires skill and detailed planning before proceeding.
Maintenance and After Care
Using concrete to resemble other building materials is best when wanting a long-lasting material that can also look exactly like other materials. Maintaining stamped concrete can be done easily by resealing the concrete every couple of years. Including cleaning it with high presser water and detergent. However, when anything falls on it that can stain you must wash it off right away before it sets into the concrete. It also depends on where the stamped concrete is placed and if it is assessable to drastic weather conditions.
What Can Be Stamped
When it comes to stamping concrete and what you want to be stamped, the possibilities are endless. Stamped concrete can be used for any exterior project wanted, such as, driveways, pathways, stairs, patios, pool decks, and even water features. Not only are they available for exterior, they are also available for interior project as well. Using stamped concrete indoors can be perfect for any countertops, interior flooring, even when building a new fireplace. Any of these exterior and interior projects can be designed to look exactly like other building materials while leaving you with a long-lasting product for any commercial or residential home.