Stamped concrete

Stamped concrete is concrete that is patterned and/or textured or embossed to resemble brickslateflagstonestonetilewood, and various other patterns and textures. Stamped concrete is commonly used for patiossidewalksdriveways, pool decks, and interior flooring. The ability of stamped concrete to resemble other building materials makes stamped concrete a less expensive alternative to using those other authentic materials such as stone, slate or brick.

  • Preparation, Whether you pour concrete for a walkway or patio, a strong gravel base is required to prevent the concrete from cracking and shifting. Gravel is especially important in clay soil because it doesn't drain well, which results in water pooling under the concrete slab and slowly eroding the soil as it finally drains. Excavate the slab area to a depth of about 8 inches, allowing 3 inches for a gravel base and 4-5 inches for concrete.

  • Slab thicknesses 

    • 4 inches for sidewalks 

    • 6 inches or more for residential driveways

    • 8 to 10 inches for commercial driveways

  • Installing the concrte forms, concrete forms provide a “container” for the fluid concrete and hold it in the proper shape until it can hold its own weight after fully hardening and drying.

  • Only when the area is completely level and compact should the concrete forms be constructed.

  • Placing plastic cover and  steel mesh reinforcement correctly.

  • Placing the Concrete The most common method for placing concrete is to have the ready-mix truck pull up to the placement area and deposit the concrete from the chute.

  • Screeding and Finishing the Concrete The work done immediately following concrete placement is critical, since this is when you must create the perfect canvas for decorative stamping

  • Adding base color, the base color is the primary color used in stamped concrete. The base color is chosen to reflect the color of the natural building material. The base color is produced by adding a color hardener to the concrete. Color hardener is a powder pigment used to dye the concrete.

  • The accent color is the secondary color used in stamped concrete. The secondary color is used to produce texture and show additional building materials (e.g. grout) in the stamped concrete.

  • The Stamping Process The window of time in which to stamp is generally short, especially in warm weather.

  • Installing Joints Cutting contraction joints (also called control joints) can help to prevent conspicuous cracks.

  • Sealing Stamped Concrete No decorative stamped concrete installation is complete without the application of a sealer.