Stained and Stamped Concrete
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THE STAMPED CONCRETE PROCESS
Before you begin your selection process, you must have a basic understanding of the stamped concrete process.
Assuming you have chosen a primary location for your stamped concrete, you can now focus on your final product vision.
Stamped concrete can be broken into five basic pattern types:
- Slate, Wood
These are just basic categories, but using these as a reference will help you determine which patterns to look at first.
One essential element to consider is complementing your hardscape rather than trying to “match” existing surfaces and the surroundings.
Now that you have chosen your pattern, we move on to color picking. Most stamped concrete has two colors: a base color and an accent color. There are two ways to create the base color for new concrete: integral color and color hardener. With either method, the end result of your stamped concrete will emphasize this color.
Integral Color: Integral color is mixed into the concrete in the truck. The color is added at the concrete plant or project site before pouring begins.
Integral color is the most common way to color concrete, and we offer a premium integral color system called Uni-Mix Integral Concrete Color.
The Uni-Mix Integral Color System is the preferred system of contractors, specifiers, and owners. Uni-Mix Integral Color Concrete Color has proprietary ingredients that make it unique.
Our competition will try to “match” our color, but it has been our experience and quite a few dissatisfied customers’ experiences that the color does not turn out the same.
A quick and straightforward way to ensure that is to request the lot of numbers of the color before they pour.
Color Hardener: An alternate way to color concrete is to use a shake-on color hardener.
Butterfield Color Perma-Cast Shake-on Color Hardener is broadcast on the concrete during the initial stages of the finishing process. It is worked into the surface to create the base color.
Not all contractors use color hardeners, so discuss this with your contractor before choosing colors
Color hardener will create a base color similar to the integral color but has additional coloring options and a hardened, denser surface.
When picking the release color, use a color that accents your base color. Usually, a darker release agent over a lighter base color works best.
The texture and pattern are created as the tool is pressed into the concrete. As the imprinting tool is pressed into the concrete surface, a portion of the colored release agent is embedded into the textured surface of the concrete.
Washing & Cutting
We typically discuss the saw cuts’ location with you before pouring the concrete so that you are prepared once we begin. Once the area is thoroughly cleaned, you will see the integral color with accents of the release color.
However, the final colors will only appear once the concrete is sealed and fully cured.
Knowing this, we use a non-slip additive when sealing, which is recommended for exterior applications. If you are looking for more of a matte finish, there is a flattening paste available.
Maintaining your newly stamped concrete is important.
- Periodically inspect cured and sealed surfaces for wear or damage.
- All concrete curing and sealing compounds will eventually exhibit the effects of weathering and traffic.
- Wipe up all chemical solvent or petroleum spills for maximum coating life and performance as soon as possible.
- Remove abrasive debris by sweeping or vacuuming.
- Do not drag, drop, or place sharp edges on sealed surfaces.
- Periodic washings with mild detergents will help maintain surface luster.
- Do not use solvent or acid-based cleaning materials for general cleaning.
- Hot car tires, or turning tires while the car is standing, may damage the sealer.
- Surfaces subjected to car traffic, de-icing salts, or chemical exposure may exhibit wear more quickly.
- In most cases, stamped concrete does not need to be sealed yearly.
- A build-up of sealer can cause delamination issues. A Polyurethane sealant will give you several years of use until it needs sealant again.
Stamped & Stained Concrete FAQs
Safety is a top priority around pools. Stamped concrete can be designed with slip-resistant textures to enhance safety while maintaining a beautiful appearance.
Yes, you have a high degree of customization. You can choose from an impressive variety of stamps, patterns, and colors to achieve the perfect look that complements your home.
It’s possible to integrate heating elements into stamped concrete surfaces, providing warmth and comfort for outdoor areas during chilly weather.
Yes, stamped concrete can be used indoors as well. It’s an excellent choice for transforming indoor spaces like basements or garages with a unique and durable flooring solution.
During the design phase, we work with you to choose from various stamps, patterns, and colors. Then, we apply a stamped overlay to your existing concrete, creating the desired look and texture.
Stamped concrete offers cost-effective versatility and design options that rival the appearance of more expensive materials like pavers or natural stone.
Stamped concrete is known for its durability and longevity. With proper maintenance, it can last for many years. Maintenance typically involves periodic resealing to protect the surface.
We are committed to delivering exceptional results that align with your vision. Your project’s success and satisfaction are paramount to us, and our team is dedicated to making your stamped concrete project a success. We work closely with you to ensure your project meets or exceeds your expectations.
Stamped concrete, also known as decorative concrete, offers versatility, durability, and a wide range of beautiful designs that mimic natural materials like wood, stone, and concrete. It’s an ideal choice for enhancing patios, pool decks, driveways, and more due to its low maintenance and affordability.
Stamped concrete is versatile and suitable for many projects, including pool decks, walkways, outdoor kitchens, and even garage floors.