Stamped Concrete, also known as imprinted or textured concrete, is a form of concrete that resembles stone such as flagstone, tile, brick, wood or slate. It is suitable for beautifying driveways, decks, patios, courtyards, and entries. It is one of the best paving choices, when it comes to enhancing the outdoor space. This style of concrete is particularly popular in Texas.
Why Choose Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete has recently become popular with many homeowners because it provides a wide range of options in terms of concrete colors and patterns. Its affordable price is another factor, why it has become so popular. It is often cheaper than the materials it mimics, thus a very economical way of decorating exteriors. Aesthetically, it is hard to beat, compared to other materials used for paving.
Its maintenance needs are also minimal, compared to the actual materials it resembles. It does not have joints where weeds can grow. Another thing that adds to its value, is its durability and longevity. With proper installation and maintenance, it can serve you for many years, without the need for replacement.
Installing Stamped Concrete
Despite being more convenient and faster to install than stone or brick, installing stamped concrete is an involving process. It requires the right materials, jobsite conditions, expertise, and tools to make sure the outcome is successful.
There are several steps involved in the installation of stamped concrete. The installation crew also has to work with a small window, before the concrete starts hardening. On top of impressing and placing each stamp, color hardener must be broadcast on top of the surface. A release agent is also applied on the stamps, to ensure they don’t stick.
Even after the concrete has set, additional work needs to be done that includes joints installation, detailing, and sealer application. Good preparation and planning are necessary, before the actual work commences. This is very crucial, especially on large projects.
Sometimes stamped concrete tends to last longer than conventional concrete, especially if its surface has a color hardener. On top of imparting color, the hardener makes the surface more resistant to wear and tear and stronger. Some of the maintenance tips to observe include:
- Sweeping and washing the surface occasionally to prevent build up of dirt
- Avoid using harsh cleaning detergents, since they can wear out the surface
- Recoating with sealer can be done, if the surface starts becoming dull to restore its luster.
The endurance and inherent strength of stamped concrete, is something that adds to its value. Just like normal concrete, stamped concrete will provide years of service, with proper installation and maintenance. It is hardly affected by harsh weather conditions, including the freezing temperatures in winter.