Stamped Concrete Quick Installation Guide

Introduction | Advantages | Colors | Patterns | Shapes | Installation


History of Concrete Stamping

Many years ago the installation process of concrete stamping was quite complicated. In the 1960’s, workers used to mix concrete by hand. If they were working with a large space this would have taken several hours. Once the concrete had been laid, they would promptly imprint the concrete with the patterns or shapes desired. The imprinting process consisted of small metal shapes, and paper cut outs being used by hand, imprinting the concrete section by section. This alone used to take several hours. The concrete was then left to dry for 48 hours.

Stamped Concrete

Once the drying process was finished a clear sealer was then applied several times, to keep the color intact and to keep the patterns from cracking. The most common types of patterns used were those that resembled various types of paver materials, such as; cobblestone, brick and granite. The sealer also protected the concrete from weather damage.

Modern Day Concrete Stamping Process

Nowadays, the installation process is much easier and if the tradesman is qualified it takes half the time. They can also achieve the look of a paver driveway, a slate paver patio and a natural stone walkway all by using the concrete stamping process.

Here is a quick guide to installing Stamped Concrete:

Concrete Stamping

Step One: Once the site has been chosen, the area is excavated and leveled.

Step Two: The concrete is then mixed and the desired color is also added to the concrete. Keep in mind that color pigments do not always blend well with the concrete, so expect the color you have chosen to be a touch lighter shade.

Cleaning Concrete Surface

Step Three: Once the concrete is set at the plastic stage, the texturizing mats containing the patterns and shapes chosen are then put in place over the concrete and the imprinting stage begins.

Step Four: Once patterns are imprinted into the concrete the texurizing mats are then removed. The slab is then left to dry for 24 hours.

Step Five: Concrete is then cleaned free of releasing agents. Gloss sealers are then applied to ensure that the color desired maintains its effect over time.

Step Six: Once gloss sealers are dry, the concrete is then cleaned once again. Once this is dry it is then ready to be used, whether it is your driveway, patio, walk way or pool deck.

This is a very cost effective and quick method for floors on your indoor or outdoor project using concrete. Stamped concrete can simulate  any type of paver material.

Sealing Stamped Concrete