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What Is Stamped Concrete?
Concrete stamps are a way to establish a backdrop for a contrasting accent colors, such as pigmented release agents. This process involves stamping or impressing a pattern into concrete with special stamping tools. The texture and color can have many different variations, replicating natural stone, slate, brick and even wood. When the concrete stamping is complete the surface is sealed, highlighting the colors and providing greater stain and weather resistance.
Why Use Stamped Concrete?
Brick, pavers, and cobbles look great, but since they form a surface of many interlocking pieces, they are susceptible to frost-heave and other changes in the underlying surface. These pavers are very expensive and can allow for weed to grow up through the cracks. Since stamped concrete is a solid, continuous surface, nothing can grow up through the "cracks” – it is essentially a cost-effective way to obtain the look of pavers with the durability of concrete.
Where To Use Stamped Concrete?
Stamped concrete is frequently used for both business and residential because of the dramatic impression it makes. It can be used anywhere you have a concrete pad, and is primarily used to enhance driveways, patios, walkways, etc.
What Are My Options for Concrete Color?
There are two primary ways you can impact the color of your stamped concrete - The first is a concrete dye. This is added during the mixing process, and is used for a complete color change. The second impact comes from a release agent - this darkens or re-colors the impressed areas of the concrete. You can use both or either method for achieving your optimal appearance.