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Stained and Stamped Concrete

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Decorative concrete or stamped concrete, has become the latest trend in construction due to its versatility, durability, and beautiful designs to reflect natural wood, stone, and concrete with custom patterns, texture, colors and score lines. It is also low-maintenance, and affordable – perfect for patios, pool decks, driveways, and more.

If you already have a concrete patio but are looking for a different style, let us know during the design phase what you are looking for so we can get your the design of your dreams.

Transform your boring concrete into a work of art with a stamped overlay! Choose from an impressive variety of stamps, patterns and colors to create the perfect look for your home.
We also do Garages! Choose from a variety of colors using metallic epoxy or flake epoxy flooring.

We are excited to help you achieve your vision and ensure it become reality and we hope to open your eyes to a world of unparalleled distinction and choices. Nothing quite compares to the versatility and reliability of colored and stamped concrete. We are happy to use the Butterfield Color product as they have spent decades developing and perfecting the coloring and tools used in stamped concrete, resulting in their exclusive line of decorative concrete products.

Every employee understands that this is a very important project for you and your family. Please understand that it is important to us as well. Our business is based on the success of every project and the happiness of each and every customer that chooses us.

THE STAMPED CONCRETE PROCESS

Before you begin your selection process it is important that you have a basic understanding of the stamped concrete process.

Pattern

We have over 75 patterns to choose from.  With each stamp, you can choose a unique color combination that fits your design ideas.

Assuming you have chosen a basic location for your stamped concrete, you can now focus on your vision of the final product.

Stamped concrete can be broken into five basic pattern types:

  • Brick
  • Stone
  • Slate, Wood
  • Texture

Obviously, these are just basic categories, but using these as a reference will help you narrow down which patterns to look at first.

One basic element to consider is to compliment your existing hardscape rather than trying to “match” existing surfaces and the surroundings.

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Base Color

Now that you have chosen your pattern, you need to pick your colors. 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 either added at the concrete plant or on the 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 dis-satisfied customers’ experience, that the color does not turn out the same.

A quick and simple way to ensure that is to request the lot numbers of the color before they pour.

Color Hardener: An alternate way to color concrete is to use 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 and is worked into the surface to create the base color.

Not all contractors use color hardener, so be sure to discuss this with your contractor prior to choosing colors.

Color hardener will create the base color similar to integral color, but also has additional coloring options and creates a hardened denser surface.

Release Color

Release agent is used to keep the stamp from sticking during the stamping process. The release agent will also offer an accent color to the concrete once washed and sealed.

When picking the release color, be sure to use a color that accents your base color. Usually a darker release agent over a lighter base color works best.

Stamping

Immediately following the application of the release agent we will begin the stamping process by tamping the stamping tools into the concrete surface.

The texture and/or pattern is 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

Your contractor will wash and cut the concrete slab once the concrete is ready, which is usually 12-24 hours after the concrete is poured. Although you may not want saw cuts and think they may take away from the natural look, they are necessary.

We typically discuss the location of the saw cuts with you prior to 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, final colors will not appear until the concrete is sealed and fully cured.

Sealing

Understand that sealed surfaces may be slippery during application, prior to drying, and when wet with water or liquids after drying.

Knowing this, we use of a non-slip additive when sealing which is recommended on exterior applications. If you are looking for more of a matte finish, there is a flattening paste available.

MAINTENANCE

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.
  • For maximum coating life and performance, wipe up all chemical solvent or petroleum spills 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 car is standing may damage the sealer.
  • Surfaces that will be 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 every year.
  • A build-up of sealer can cause delamination issues.  Using a Polyurethane sealant will give you several years of use until it needs sealant again.