Brick and stone have always been an excellent paving material for people seeking a rustic appeal for their pathways and patios. However, the cost for them is quite high, and for many, that is just simply not in their budget. That is why we have stamped concrete, an excellent way to get the same appeal of stone or bricks but at a fraction of the cost. Plus, when you use concrete, you are getting a strong, durable, long-lasting material that will outlast paving materials like brick for many decades. There is no limit to what can be done with stamped concrete, and it can mimic any material like as we mentioned stone and brick to flagstone, tiles, and even wood surfaces. Stamped concrete is a simple three-step process that will give you fantastic looking pathways and patios.
First, The Base Coat
Concrete is gray, but many of the materials you want to mimic are not. That is why we apply a base coat to match your desired material. The way the pigment is added is through a hardener that also has the added benefit of adding some strength to your concrete. This can be done in two way from integral color to cast-on color. When you need for the color to follow through the full slab, then integral color is your only choice. The pigment is added during the mixing process, and it is thoroughly mixed throughout your colored concrete. Your second option is cast-on color which is only added to the surface of the concrete. Both methods are great at achieve that more natural look and come with their own benefits. We can help you decide which is best for your project and budget.
Now A Bit Of Accent
Nothing in this world, that is natural is purely one color. Everything has several shades that you may not notice but would look strange if it was not there. This is why we next add the accent colors. Also, for some building materials like brick or tiles, you often have grout in-between then, and the accent color can add this small but essential detail to your faux finished concrete. This again is done in two different possible ways as a color release. The first is the similar cast-on method and the other being a liquid method. The liquid is a spray that is often added directly to the mold itself.
Finally, The Texture
Stamped concrete is not stamped concrete without this crucial final step of stamping the concrete. Once the colors have been added in the chosen way, the stamp is quickly applied while the concrete is still wet. This is to ensure that the concrete thoroughly squeezes its way into all of the nooks and crannies of the stamp getting you the highly detailed look of the natural material. These three processes are to be done quickly in secession to ensure the absolute quality of your stamped concrete. Plus, now with our polyurethane forms the level of detail we can achieve would amaze you.
Let us know if stamped concrete is what you are looking for in your space today.