By imprinting patterns in freshly placed concrete, you can achieve the high-end look of stone or brick pavement-and often at a lower cost. Stamped Concrete, often called textured or imprinted concrete, is concrete that replicates stones such as slate and flagstone, tile, brick and even wood. Ideal for beautifying pool decks, driveways, entries, courtyards, and patios, Stamped Concrete is the perfect outdoor paving choice. Stamped Concrete can also be used in conjunction with other Stamped Concrete elements such as exposed aggregate or acid staining. Popular patterns include running bond brick, hexagonal tile, worn rock or stone.
|Asphalt||Natural Stone||Precast Pavers||Stamped Concrete|
Countless color combinations, hundreds of patterns
|Ability to Customize:
Imprint logos, crests, monograms, or other personalization
|Longevity and Performance:
Ability to withstand harsh winter weather, offers decades of service with minimal maintenance
|Speed of Installation:
It takes 2 days to install a 2,000-square-foot Stamped Concrete driveway vs. 10-12 days for natural stone or pavers*
All paving materials require removal of dirt and stains
|Annual seal coating||Removal of weeds and moss in joints with sand required||Removal of weeds and moss in joints with sand required||Resealing every few years to protect from stains and maintain color|
Choose a colour and texture of concrete that complements the natural surroundings and adjacent structures.
Place the concrete giving proper slope and gradient for proper water run through.
Colour the concrete using Broadcast method
Remember after initial floating and all excess bleed water has been absorbed, you should broadcast colour hardener using a wide sweeping arm movement with the intention of covering as much concrete as possible with each throw.
Apply the colour release agent.
Choose a colour of release agent to complement the colour of the concrete.
Texture the concrete.
Use a high-powered pressure washer (3000 PSI is recommended, but be careful, concrete can be damaged) approximately 24 hours after the concrete has achieved initial set.
Seal the concrete with an appropriate decorative concrete sealer according to manufacturer directions.
Three dimensional stamped concrete is known as artificial rock which combines a stamped concrete technique with hand sculpting of the concrete.