The Basics of Stamped Concrete

If you’re thinking to start a new stamped concrete home project, you must first understand the basics of this process. Our experts have compiled everything you need to know about the whole process including the different stages involved and the basic information related to colors and patterns of stamped concrete.

Basic Patterns of Stamped Concrete

There are five basic stamped concrete patterns that you can select from: brick, slate, stone, texture, and wood. You can select the design according to the location of your final product. You should select the pattern that best matches the interior decoration of your house. If your home interior is more on the wooden side then you should select a wood stamped concrete.

Base Color

After choosing the pattern you need to focus on stamped concrete colors. The colors can be divided into two parts – the base color and the accent color.

There are two methods for creating the base color. The first method includes using an integral color and the second method is to use a color hardener. Both methods will equally help you achieve the required color in your stamped concrete project.

The integral color is mixed into the concrete while it is inside the truck. It can be mixed at the project location or at the concrete plant. Using an integral color for base color of the stamped concrete is common than using a color hardener.

Release Color

Release color acts as the accent color for the stamped concrete. Choose a release color that emphasizes base color. Apart from that, it prevents the stamp from sticking onto the concrete during stamping.

Stamping Process

The next step after applying the release agent is stamping. Special tools are used to create different designs and patterns on the concrete. Pressing the imprinting tools on the concrete surface implants the release agent on the concrete surface.

Cutting and Washing

After the concrete slab is ready, it is washed and cut using a saw. The cuts may make your stamped concrete look unnatural but they cannot be eliminated from the process. You should decide on the location of cuts beforehand so that you can prepare your mind accordingly. After washing, you will notice the base and accent colors enhancing the beauty of the concrete. The effect of these colors will further enhance after the sealing process.

Sealing Process

Sealers make sure that your stamped concrete remains spotless by preventing the staining and erosion of the concrete. Many sealers are available in the market so you should do your homework before buying a concrete sealer. Applying sealer is the last step of the stamped concrete process.

Maintenance Tips

To make sure that your stamped concrete always looks as good as new, you need to follow some maintenance tips. Try to keep it clean by mopping or vacuuming it regularly. Prevent it from getting into contact with harmful chemicals that might ruin it. Always use a gentle detergent to clean it and avoid dragging sharp objects over it because that will damage the sealant.

These fundamentals will definitely help you in your next stamped concrete mission. For further assistance, you can get in touch with our experts at Flat Rock Concrete Construction, Inc. You can get in touch with us today at (248) 379-0250 or (586) 726-6091

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