What Is Stamped Concrete?

So you are asking… What Is Stamped Concrete?  Good question!

It is, as its name implies, concrete that has been stamped with a preset pattern and texture. This happens, of course, as the concrete is wet and still drying. However, the key is that the concrete is not to wet and is not to dry.

Stamped concrete is one of innovations that always seems to amaze people. There are so many ways to do it that the possibilities seem endless.  There can be many patterns used in stamped concrete to provide the desired looked at a homeowners looking for.  In fact, almost any natural stone that you can imagine can be replicated through stamped concrete methods. Not only that, bricks, tile, cobblestone, pavers, and even seashells and wood.  The possibilities are endless with the use of different colors from concrete pigments.

Stamped concrete also has the added benefit of being a solid continuous surface where grass and weeds cannot grow up through the cracks. This is because stamped concrete cracks do not physically go on the way to the substrate underneath, the “cracks” are merely deepened impressions that give the impression of cracks.

Done right, stamped concrete can look almost like the real thing. In fact, the faux surface look often fools people into thinking that you paid a fortune to get your look.  It can look like rare building materials that obviously make it a much more inexpensive alternative to using authentic materials like slate, marble, brick, the list goes on.

It takes a lot of experience to be able to lay stamped concrete and to make it look right. Ken’s Concrete has over 50 years of combined experience with applying stamped concrete patterns in wet concrete and knows how to get job done right.

Every situation is different, but here’s some of things that we make sure that we can do when getting ready to lay down stamped concrete.

  • We usually need at least 4 inches in which to pour the concrete into.
  • We add color.
  • We had a release agent which allows tape textured mats to release from the wet surface.
  • Lay our mats and impress the pattern & texture into the concrete.
  • Let it dry for at least 24 hours depending on temperature and humidity.
  • Come back and pressure wash the release agent off.
  • Clear seal the concrete to ensure that the color and pattern stays in tiptop shape for years to come.

Stamped concrete is very durable and that is why many people really like it. It can look like almost any other building material while having a much longer lifetime.

People use stamped concrete to beautify pool decks, driveways, sidewalks, patios and courtyards, you name it.  The versatility and attractiveness of concrete stamping is making stamped concrete more appealing to homeowners and businesses alike. Because of this, its popularity is growing every year.

If you live in North Alabama and are in need of stamped concrete, give Ken’s concrete a call at:

  • (256) 533-1911 (Huntsville, AL)
  • (256) 739-2319 (Cullman, AL)
  • (256) 309-5088 (Decatur)

You will always deal with Ken himself (he does not sub-contract his work out.  He has his own crew), so give him a call today!

 

Kens Concrete is a professional decorative concrete company that is licensed, insured and bonded in the state of Alabama with an A rating in the North Alabama BBB.