What is Stamped Concrete?
So, what is stamped concrete? Stamped concrete also known as decorative concrete is simply concrete that has a shape, pattern or specific design “stamped” into it before it cures that looks similar to that of a natural stone and paver patio design. It’s a process usually employed on concrete patios, pool decking, retaining walls, driveways, sidewalks and pathways.
What are Stamped Concrete Patterns?
Stamped concrete patterns are used to create a specific look or pattern into concrete. This is achieved by taking a premade “stamp” that can be rented or purchased and pressing it into concrete before it has fully cured.
Some of the most common stamps are of bricks, flagstone, tile, cobblestone or simple textures to make the concrete appear more aged or natural. This stamping processing is much less labor intensive than installing natural stone making it less expensive than the cost of installing a stone patio.
Difference Between Stamped Concrete and Stained Concrete?
Stamped concrete or stamping concrete is a stonework process that refers specifically to a pattern or impression made into the concrete. Stained concrete is the process of giving concrete color. A concrete surface can be stamped or stained or both stamped and stained.
How Does Coloring Decorative Concrete Work?
If you are planning to add a color or layers of color to your concrete work, you can add a liquid coloring directly to the concrete mixture before pouring or in the form of a powder, called color release.
The color release powder is added to your concrete after it’s poured and prior to stamping. The colored powder can also be mixed with water and applied directly to the concrete for detail work or touch ups.
Is Stamped Concrete Better than Pavers?
Like concrete paver installations, stamped concrete can easily take on the look and texture of natural stone. Stamped concrete is usually less expensive to install than pavers. However, if correcting landscape drainage is a significant concern for you, we would recommend installing pavers as they sit on top of a crushed rock base like that of decomposed granite used in landscaping.
What is the Best Sealer for Stamped & Stained Concrete?
There are many choices of sealers for stamped & stained concrete surfaces. The best concrete sealers are long-lasting, UV resistant, easy to apply and offers various levels of gloss. Most of these sealers are acrylic and can be applied with a sprayer. The sealer should be reapplied every 2-3 years or as needed.
What is Stamp & Stain Concrete Overlay?
A stamp and stain concrete overlay is a concrete cement based material that can be installed directly on top of an existing concrete surface with a decorative pattern added to it.
When you have an existing concrete surface that you would like to enhance, a stamped overlay is a great way to do it. Many North Dallas residents looking to landscape their new home and increase outdoor living space choose this option.
How to Clean Decorative Concrete
For routine cleaning of decorative concrete, simply use a hose and apply water to remove light dirt and debris. If you need to remove more set in dirt and staining, use mild detergent such as dish soap or even mild laundry detergent mixed with water.
In addition, you can use a smooth sponge or a mop to lightly scrub any stained areas. Never use any abrasive sponges or brushes as they can damage the concrete and deteriorate the patio sealer.
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