Wednesday, June 18 2014
How Does Stamped Concrete Work?
Stamped concrete is concrete that is imprinted with a form to give it a certain design. Stamped concrete does not have a design printed onto the top of it; rather, a form is used to stamp the concrete while it is still wet in order to make it look like it is several smaller pieces fit together, instead of one large sheet.
Many people choose stamped concrete because it combines the best features of two or more types of materials. Stamped concrete offers the strength and durability of concrete, while also offering the look of other patio and sidewalk materials such as flagstone, brick, wood or tile. Plus, stamped concrete offers this look at a significantly reduced cost.
How We Install Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete is relatively simple to install, and it requires little long-term maintenance or care. It is surprisingly beautiful for how practical it is, and it increases both the aesthetic value and the resale value of a home. It also comes in a wide variety of color and design options.
In order to install stamped concrete, the homeowner must first choose a design. Then, the concrete installers begin work by preparing the area and marking the area with stakes and forming boards. Then, they pour a special type of concrete that is just the right consistency for stamping, and they smooth the concrete with a board.
An Array of Stamped Concrete Options in Olathe and Kansas City
When it comes time to stamp the concrete, there are over 100 different patterns that homeowners have to choose from. Common stamping patterns include English Yorkstone, cobblestone, rattanweave, running bond and herringbone. The concrete can be formed to look like very large pieces of rock, bricks, wood, or pebbles.
Homeowners can also choose among a variety of colors for their stamped concrete. In addition to the basic gray, homeowners can choose various shades of red, black, copper, green, blue, white or brown, among many others. Virtually any color that a homeowner requests can be custom-made.
Ready to learn how Concrete Concepts can help stamped concrete or with any of your other concrete needs? Call (913) 440-0031 to talk to our expert team.