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A Brief Guide to Stamped Concrete Solutions
by Bonnie Phillips on May 30, 2020
Stamped concrete is a visually appealing material used in construction. This concrete is used to create textures that can match itself with the surroundings. The texture usually resembles bricks, tiles, wood, or any other material used in construction. Stamped concrete is also less expensive, and easy to blend with a variety of other textures. The most commonly used stamped concrete is the brick textured.
The stamped concrete, on the other hand, has high durability and better resistivity power than stone, slate, and brick; and hence the results of stamped concrete textures are unbeatable and the best. It is a popular choice for pool deck resurfacing, walkways, driveways.
Making of stamped concrete involves three easy steps. They are, adding the base color, followed by the accent color, and then finally creating the desired textures. The base color is the primary building color and is achieved by adding the color hardener to the concrete. This color hardener is a dye in the form of powder. This process has two options: one wherein the color hardener is mixed with the concrete in the truck and the second option is wherein the color hardener is spread on the surface of the wet concrete.
The accent color is the secondary color added in a powdered or liquid form. This color is important as it prevents the concrete stamps from sticking in the concrete. Post that comes to the last step and that’s stamping. This process resembles cookie cutting. The shape is pushed in the concrete and removed once the definite texture is achieved.
How it is an alternative to pavers?
Stamped concrete has many advantages over asphalt, pavers, or natural stone. As mentioned earlier, it has been widely in use due to its durability and cost-effectiveness. Today, architects are also inclined towards this concrete due to its fade-resistant power.
Nevertheless, the color of the concrete is everlasting and is low on maintenance. Unlike pavers, concrete comes in unlimited designs and patterns, and can be used both indoors and outdoors due to its increased curb appeal.
Customers love the stamped concrete overlay because it gives the life-like features of stone, tile, and wood. Some samples of stamped concrete are ashlar slate which is widely used in walkways, Roman texture slate for patios, and bricks for interiors and exteriors.
It also has vertical design options like, European Fan which brings out the old-world charm, Random Sandstone for a natural look, English Cobblestone for a mesmerizing fireplace look, etc.
Stamped concrete requires minimum maintenance, but if this minimum maintenance is taken care of, the concrete has a predictably long life. The most important point is not to allow debris to settle for a long time. As soon as a stain is noticed, it should immediately be removed using a suitable cleaning agent.
Regular checks for sealing and periodic sealing is very essential to avoid building up of moisture, and from freeze-thaw conditions. Proper sealing also helps in the protection of the sheen and color of the concrete thus ensuring a long life of the concrete and maintaining its beauty.
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