Stamped concrete is commonly used for patios, walkways, pool decks, and driveways. Essentially, it is concrete that is patterned and textured to resemble another material, like stone, slate, brick, or wood. People often choose stamped concrete because it is a durable and affordable alternative to other surface choices.
Stamped concrete comes in a variety of patterns and colors, making it an attractive choice that can be customized to fit your needs. Acid staining is also a popular option among our customers.
The History of Stamped Concrete
While we often hear people asking, “What is stamped concrete?,” the technique has actually been around since at least the 1950s. The concept gained popularity in the 1970s when concrete contractors saw the benefits in giving customers an affordable surface choice with the ability to customize. Today, stamped concrete contractors are coming up with new and unique designs every day.
Stamped Concrete Process
Stamped concrete installation is a process with quite a few steps, and before we begin any project we will have the pattern selected and ready to go. Like other concrete installations, the surface must be properly prepared and reinforced before the concrete is poured. Once the concrete is properly in place, we can add color and move on to the stamping process. The stamping process must then be completed quickly and accurately, as concrete offers a limited time frame for customization. The last steps include curing the concrete, installing joints and applying a sealer to protect the surface.