Concrete has long been used for construction purposes but today, homeowners are employing it as an aesthetic enhancement for many types of structures in their homes, including floors, patios, driveways, decks, porches, walls, walkways, and more.
This embellishing use of concrete is a specialized project that involves an adept skill set, as well the proper inventory of concrete tools and materials, for long-lasting results.
Turning standard concrete into an artwork is achieved by altering the surface either during the pouring process or after the concrete is finished curing. Common methods and materials include staining, overlays, countertops, and of course, stamping.
Stamping has gained a huge popularity recently in both residential and commercial applications. It is simply the process of imprinting concrete with custom textures or colours. It is done to make regular concrete resemble a fancy pattern, style, shape, design, texture, or colour. Not only does stamped concrete deliver long-lasting lustre and durability, but it is also very cost-effective since it can be designed to look like a wide variety of higher-end materials, like the brick, wood, stone, slate, bedrock, and more. It can even be designed to resemble things in nature, like seashells, leaves, fossils, etc. The virtually endless options make it one of the most desirable and economical renovations and new construction additions in today’s homes.
Even though you can do it yourself, the results would be much more appealing and durable if you hire a professional contractor or company for stamped concrete services. This is because it is a highly complex project that calls upon hands-on experience, specialized concrete stamping supplies and extensive knowledge of cement pavement installation and finishing.
As for stamping concrete, the installation process generally involves the use of mats. Pre-made mats are pressed down into the concrete while the material is still pliable (in a plastic state). As soon as the patterns and textures are applied, the stamping project can be finished by adding colour and then sealer. Colour is added by using one or more of the following products: dry shakes, colour hardening agents, powder releases, liquid releases, acid stains and integral colours.
Stamped concrete offers a wide range of benefits in terms of cost, performance, appeal, and value. Therefore, you should definitely choose it for your next property upgrade or remodel.