What You Need To Know About Stamped Concrete
There are a lot of materials that you can choose from for your flooring. Stamped concrete has become a popular option for homeowners and business owners because it’s appealing, affordable, and replicates high-end materials such as bricks or tiles. There are certain factors that you might need to consider before installing stamped concrete.
- Affordable compared to natural stone, pavers or brick
- Low-cost maintenance
- Variety of colours and patterns to choose from
- Easy to install
- It adds value to your property – especially if you consider selling it in the future
- Has an uneven surface — may be hazardous to some people
- Difficult to repair
- Can develop minor cracks
- Repairs can be difficult
- Surface colourants may wear over time
- Needs occasional cleaning and resealing to avoid colour fading
Endless Design Options
We offer a wide selection of aesthetically pleasing designs you can choose from. Whether you prefer simple or elegant designs – we got you covered. Our experienced team will assist you in choosing the best design that will complement the surrounding areas or your home’s architectural theme or style. We will also listen to your suggestions.
Stamped Concrete Installation Process
Before getting a stamped concrete for your flooring, it’s good to have a basic understanding of how it works. The method of installing stamped concrete is complicated and must be done carefully to achieve uniform results throughout the entire slab. It requires special tools and in-depth knowledge, that’s why it should be done by experienced professionals to save you time and money.
The first thing you need to do is to choose your preferred pattern and colour. Most stamped concretes have two colours – the base and integral colours. The integral colour is added to the cement before pouring.
The concrete is then poured into the area, and when the concrete sets, the colour hardens. That’s where the releasing agent is applied to prevent sticking during the stamping process. Immediately, the stamping process will begin by pressing the stamping tools in the cement. After 12-24 hours, your contractor will wash and cut the concrete slab. The last process is the sealing of stamped concrete. Since it might be slippery during the application, using a non-slip additive is recommended.