How Can I Use Stamped Concrete?

Stamped concrete might be the best kept secret in the world of concrete-enthusiasts. Stamped concrete can completely change the feel of a house, and can even positively affect resale value. Even better? Stamped concrete tends to be considerably cheaper than the more expensive materials that it emulates, such as marble and brick. So what exactly is stamped concrete and how can you use it in your home? Let’s take a closer look. 

 

Stamped concrete refers to the process of imprinting prints, textures or patterns onto concrete using methods such as stamps, embossing and molds. The final product varies by goal, but can include concrete that is visually indistinguishable from other building materials like bricks, stone or even wood. This allows people to enjoy their preferred aesthetic with all of the benefits that come with concrete like cost, ease of maintenance and durability. 

 

One of the best parts of stamped concrete is that it can be used to apply texture to your flooring. Slate for example, has a trademark rougher texture that many people enjoy. A proper concrete contractor can make stamped concrete look and feel just like slate, for a fraction of the cost. The same is true of other popular textures like wood and stone. 

 

Stenciling can provide a bit of color and artistic flair to any concrete floor. Stenciling is particularly popular in outdoor spaces like patios and driveways. Work with your concrete contractor to find a stencil pattern that fits your personal aesthetics. 

 

Stamped concrete doesn’t have to just be used for flooring either. It has been increasingly popular indoors, particularly for projects like fireplace mantles and statement walls. The sky is truly the limit when it comes to stamped concrete. 

 

The only real downside to stamped concrete is that it does take more skill than simply pouring concrete does. As such, it’s often a bit too difficult for the average DIYer. That’s why we suggest working with a professional concrete contractor for all of your stamped concrete needs. Visit www.razorbackconcrete.com to learn more. 

 

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