What is Stamped Concrete
Stamped Concrete is concrete that has a decorative impression stamped into the surface. This occurs when concrete is poured for a driveway, sidewalk, patio, pool deck, or entranceway, then before the concrete hardens, a lasting impression is stamped into the surface using rubber mat tools with a texture. The stamps are pressed into place with a tamper and rotated successively across the slab. Colors are applied either integrally with pigments added to the cement, or cast on the surface with color hardeners. An antiquing release agent (powder or liquid) is used to keep the tools from sticking to the concrete and also leaving the surface with a more defined look, including a noticeable color contrast. This is all done before the concrete is fully hardened. Bordering and mixing patterns, acid etching, and staining also enhance the beauty of stamped concrete. For many years stamped concrete was done with cookie cutter type tools, which are limited in beauty and not too authentic looking. But now, stamped concrete offers many authentic pattern choices such as brick, tile, slate, cobblestone, random and in-laid fieldstone patterns, and also wood plank patterns. Stamped concrete is always protected with a sealer to ensure years of beauty and service. Sealers can vary from a matt finish to a high gloss finish, with non-skid additives to help with skid resistance. Custom Colored Stamped Concrete has truly become an artistic expression of the designer and installer.