Stamped concrete is a great way to get the look of a material like brick, cobble or flagstones, with the practicality of concrete. By using poured concrete which can then have patterns and designs stamped into it before it is fully dry, your floor, walkway, drive or patio becomes a blank canvas. And with modern concrete methods and high quality products the finish is something you can really be proud of. To learn more about why stamped concrete is becoming popular with homeowners throughout the world, give us a call. Pair stamped concrete with a concrete stain for color and texture, if you want a really unique finished look.
What is stamped concrete?
Stamped concrete involves pouring concrete into your chosen location, and then allowing it to partially set before stamping your chosen design into it. The concrete then sets with the pattern you’ve chosen, giving the appearance of a material such as flagstones or tiles - but with the hard wearing practicality of using concrete. It’s an art as well as a science, as the ground has to be prepared properly as with any poured concrete, and then the correct timing must be used to ensure the stamping takes successfully. Because of this it’s not recommended to amateurs to try to create a stamped concrete look - call in a professional from Appleton Concrete instead.
Where and why would I use stamped concrete?
Stamped concrete is especially popular for driveways, walkways and patios. Where you might have chosen to lay flagstones, tiles or brick, stamped concrete gives an easy and long lasting alternative. It’s attractive and can be tailored to your preferences, to fit into the overall design of your home or garden. Stamped concrete also has the advantage of being economical, and being relatively quick to lay - especially compared to setting flagstones and paving. Typically this approach to laying a path or drive will last far longer, and is resistant against weather damage, weeds and wear. Maintaining a stamped concrete surface is also fairly easy.
How long will stamped concrete last?
Older stamped concrete surfaces tended to crack and wear more quickly than regular concrete - however, new technology means that stamped concrete now lasts as long as any other poured concrete surface might. You could have a stamped concrete drive, walkway or patio that lasts you 25 years, if you treat it right and perform regular maintenance. You’ll find for example, that your stamped concrete surfaces need to be treated with new sealant every few years to keep them looking their best. Look after them, though, and they’ll still look great years from now.
We are experts in using stamped concrete for a wide variety of different surfaces, and use only the best quality materials. We know that our customers don’t always know a lot about the possibilities of using stamped concrete so we are happy to make suggestions and share design ideas. Our friendly team can discuss your needs and preferences, and come to make a site visit to help design a quote for your specific job. We are always happy to answer any questions you might have along the way, and work quickly and safely to ensure customer satisfaction every time. If you want advice about how best to keep your stamped concrete surface looking smart, you only have to ask.