A lot of thought goes into the process of building a house or constructing any other buildings. From selecting materials to picking colors and other basic things required to complete the construction process. There are times where these materials we desire are probably out of stock, expensive, or due to some reasons, we can’t access them currently. This then brings up the option of using stamped concrete as it is less expensive and can take any texture and/or pattern we desire to use it for.
Stamped concrete refers to concrete that’s patterned and/or textured or embossed to resemble bricks, slates, flagstones, stones, tiles, wood, and various other patterns and textures. Stamped concrete is often used for sidewalks, driveways, pool decks, and interior flooring. The capacity of stamped concrete to resemble other building materials makes stamped concrete a more cost-effective alternative while still maintaining the look, to using those other authentic materials like stone, slate, or brick.
There are three procedures employed in stamped concrete which separate it from other concrete procedures; base color addition, the addition of an accent color, and stamping the desired pattern into the concrete.
These three procedures provide stamped concrete with color and shape like natural building materials. It is also longer-lasting than paved stone and still resembles the look.
Adding base color
The base color is the primary color utilized in the process of making stamped concrete. It is chosen to reflect the color of the natural building material we are modeling. The base color is achieved by adding a color hardener to the concrete. Color hardener is a powder pigment utilized in dyeing the concrete.
The color hardener is often applied using either of these two procedures; integral color or cast-on color. Integral color is the procedure where the complete volume of concrete to be used is dyed as the base color. The concrete can be colored by adding a color hardener to the mixture and allowing all the concrete to be dyed altogether before stamping. Cast-on color is the procedure where the surface of the concrete is dyed as the base color. The surface of the concrete is colored by spreading the color hardener onto the surface of the wet concrete and spreading the powder into the top layer of the wet concrete.
Concrete may be colored in many ways; color hardener, integral liquid or powder, acid stains, etc. The process of integrally coloring the concrete offers the advantage of the whole volume being colored; however, the surface strength is not increased like the utilization of color hardener.
Adding accent color
The accent color is the secondary color employed in stamped concrete. The secondary color is employed to provide texture and show additional building materials added within the stamped concrete. The accent color is achieved by applying color release to the concrete. Color release has two purposes:
- It is a pigment utilized in coloring the concrete and,
- It is a non-adhesive used to reduce adhesion between the concrete stamps and the concrete.
The color release is often applied in either of these two procedures based on the two forms it is manufactured in: powdered or liquid. Cast-on color release is a procedure where the powder color release is utilized by spreading the color release on the surface of the concrete before the concrete is stamped. Spray-on color release is a procedure where the liquid color release is sprayed on the underside of the concrete stamps before the concrete is then stamped.
The pattern is the form on the surface of the stamped concrete. The pattern reflects the form of the building material. The pattern is created by imprinting the concrete shortly after it has been poured, with the utilization of a "concrete stamp".
Concrete stamping is the procedure which uses concrete stamps to form the pattern within the stamped concrete. Concrete stamps are applied to the concrete after the color release has been applied. The concrete stamps are first pushed into the concrete and then removed to imprint the pattern in the stamped concrete.
In most cases, concrete stamping is formed to appear like ordinary building products like flagstone, brick, natural stone, etc.
Stamped Concrete is a Game Changer
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