Stamped concrete patterns is a type of artwork to emboss or texture a concrete so as to resemble stone, tile, brick, slate, flagstone, wood and an assortment of other patterns and textures. The common uses of stamped concrete patterns are included in sidewalks, patios, doorways, and pool decks and inside flooring. Stamped concrete features a property of good flexibility which makes it an ideal choice of infinite designs patterns. More so, stamped concrete patterns are also an artwork of beautifying the concrete. In addition to that, it is also one of the most attractive and affordable options in using other materials like stone, brick or slate.
Stamped concrete patterns involve three major steps so as to isolate stamped concrete from other concrete process. The first step of the process entails the introduction of a base colour. Secondly, there come highlight colour which is added as an accent and in the end stamped concrete patterns are done. The three processes involved into stamped concrete patterns are provided in the form of colour, shape and texture. Followings are the detailed description of colour based patterns:
Base colour is the primary source used in stamped concrete patterns. There are various numbers of colours that one can choose from in order to do skilful work of stamped concrete patterns. The colour can be introduced into the concrete by two methods. One of them is called colour hardener which is a power pigment and used to dye the concrete by pouring it onto the exterior face of concrete. An individual should broadcast the hardener the right away the moment the powder pigment starts floating. Let the bleed water soak into the hardener for a while. After some time, float and trowel in it.
Almost 3/16 inch part of the surface is covered by this method, but certainly it gives the concrete surface longevity to stand the roughness of time. The second method of stamped concrete patterns is known as integrally coloured concrete. In this method, the whole volume of concrete is coloured by pouring the colour hardener to the truck. The process has its own advantage. It entirely colours all the volume of concrete. However, the surface potency is not elongated in accordance with the use of colour hardener.
There are many advantages associated with the use of stamped concrete patterns in comparison to other materials such as natural stone, tarmac and precast pavers.
The advantages are:
- Stamped Concrete Patterns are available in several colour formats. It also offers numerous design possibilities.
- Stone concrete patterns, if properly installed and maintained, last for decades.
- They can comparatively be installed as fast as natural stones or other precast pavers.
- There is no special attention needed for the maintenance, just an occasional wash and reseal in every few years is quite enough.
- If stamped concrete patters are well and lightly coloured, they give immense light reflectivity.
- Stamped concrete patters also offer tremendous resistance to humidity and intense traffic areas.