Many people think concrete is simply boring, gray slabs. As concrete contractors, we think all kinds of concrete surfaces are beautiful (even the traditional gray), but if you’re looking for something more interesting and unique, you should try stamped concrete.
Stamped concrete is most often used for patios, sidewalks, driveways, pool decks, and even interior flooring. It can be made to resemble a wide variety of building materials, while retaining all of the great qualities of concrete. Continue reading to learn more about stamped concrete, and if you’re interested in implementing it for your next concrete project, contact A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville for a free quote. We also offer concrete floor leveling and foundation repair services.
What Is Stamped Concrete?
In essence, stamped concrete is concrete that is patterned, textured, and/or colored to resemble other building materials or simply for a unique look. There are three separate procedures used to transform regular concrete into stamped concrete, and that involves the addition of base color, accent color, and lastly stamping a pattern into the fresh concrete.
The base color is the primary color that you’re looking for in your concrete driveway or patio. For example, if you’re looking for a brick texture, you would add natural red color. The base color is created by adding a color hardener to the concrete mix, which is a powder pigment that will dye the concrete. The base color can be applied either to the entire mix or to just the surface of the concrete by spreading the color hardener on top after the concrete is poured. Concrete can be colored and treated in many ways, even with acid stains, and we’d be more than happy to talk with you about your options!
After the base color is added, a secondary accent color is used to produce texture and simulate other building materials (such as the grout between bricks). It’s produced by applying color in a powder before the concrete is stamped or with liquid color sprayed onto the base of the concrete stamp before the concrete surface is stamped.
The stamping pattern is what gives your concrete surface its realistic look. Our concrete contractors stamp the concrete using a “stamp” which is made of polyurethane or metals. Concrete stamps are placed on the concrete after the color release has been applied and then removed to leave the pattern in the concrete as it cures. Often, our clients are looking for stamps that look like flagstone, brick, and natural stone.
Nashville Concrete Contractors
We love creating beautiful, unique stamped concrete surfaces for our Nashville clients! If you’re looking for a new concrete patio, concrete driveway, or another concrete project, the team at A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville can help. Contact us for concrete stamping, concrete leveling, foundation repair, and more.
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