Concrete isn’t just used for construction anymore. While providing a function, it can also serve as an aesthetic enhancement for many types of structures, including floors, patios, driveways, decks, porches, walls, walkways, and more. This artistic use of concrete is known as “decorative concrete”, and is a specialized project that requires an adept skill set, as well the proper inventory of tools and materials, for quality, long-lasting results.
Turning standard concrete into decorative pavement is achieved by altering the concrete either during the pouring process, or after the concrete is finished curing. Common methods and materials include concrete staining, concrete overlays, decorative overlays, concrete countertops, and of course, concrete stamping or “impressing.”
Concrete stamping has gained popularity over the past 50 years, and can be used in a wide variety of residential and commercial applications. And there are many more reasons to choose it for your next property upgrade or remodel! Continue reading to learn more about impressed concrete and how it can benefit your property.
Concrete stamping is simply the process of imprinting concrete with custom textures or colors. The intentions of concrete stamping is to make regular concrete resemble a decorative pattern, style, shape, design, texture, or color. In fact, this is one of the many benefits of stamped concrete.
Not only does stamped concrete deliver long-lasting luster and durability, it is also very cost-effective since it can be constructed to resemble a wide variety of higher-end materials, like brick, wood, stone, slate, bedrock, and more. It can even be designed to resemble things in nature, like sea shells, leaves, fossils, and more. The endless options makes it one of the most desirable and economical renovations and new construction additions of today’s property owner.
It is important to hire a professional home remodeling general contractor or company for impressed concrete services. This is because it is a highly complex and delicate project that requires hands-on experience and extensive knowledge of cement pavement installation and finishing. There are many variables involved in such work, including foundations, water drainage, ground leveling, reinforcement grids, concrete formulation mixtures, and much more.
As for stamping concrete, the installation process generally involves the use of molds. Pre-made molds and stencils are pressed into concrete while the material is still pliable (in plastic state). Once the patterns and textures are applied, the pavement can be finished by adding color and then sealer. Color is added by using one or more of the following products: dry shakes, color hardening agents, powder releases, liquid releases, acid stains, and integral colors.