What Is Stamped Concrete?

When most people think of concrete they think of the classic smooth grey concrete floor. While that is concrete, it does not do justice to the true aesthetic versatility that comes with modern concrete work. It’s time to open everyone’s eyes to the wonder that is stamped concrete. 


Stamped concrete allows concrete to take on the texture of other popular building materials like stone, wood or tile. The realistic texture work results in an affordable alternative to these other popular building materials, and the end result is aesthetically pleasing, when it’s done correctly. 


If you decide that you do want to change the look of your concrete by stamping it, the first step is picking out your pattern. The skys the limit when it comes to stamp patterns. There are stamps that will make your concrete look at wood floors, tile, flagstone and more. Find the aesthetic that you want, then move on to picking out the right concrete mix. 


Which concrete mix you use will mostly be determined by the location of your project. Is this an outdoor driveway that needs to bear weight or an indoor floor? Take the time to do your research and pick the concrete mix that’s right for your project. 


The stamp is applied after the concrete has been poured, but before it has set. That leaves a small window of opportunity to meticulously stamp your concrete surface. That’s why it usually takes several people to stamp a large concrete surface. If you are undertaking this project alone, consider pouring your concrete in sections so you don’t find yourself rushed.


When you combine concrete stamping with different stains and finishes, the final result can make it nearly impossible for the average viewer to know that it’s made of concrete. Of course, coloring and staining techniques can get incredibly complicated. Depending on the look you are trying to achieve, you might be better off hiring a professional to complete your look. 


Aside from the lower cost, stamped concrete has several advantages over original building materials like wood and flagstone. To start, concrete is far more durable than either of those materials. Concrete is also not flammable, which makes it a far safer substance to build with. Concrete is not only cheaper to pour, it’s also cheaper to repair. All of those factors together make for a rather convincing argument. 


If you find yourself tempted by stamped concrete, we suggest reaching out to a professional to discuss your desired outcome and what’s achievable. Razorback Concrete has some of the best professionals in the business, and they are always ready to help. Visit www.razorbackconcrete.com to learn more.  

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