Stamped Concrete is the process of adding texture and color to concrete to make it resemble stone, brick, slate, cobblestone and many other products found in nature including wood, fossils, shells and many more. This limitless array of possibilities combined with great durability and lower cost than natural products makes Stamped Concrete an easy choice for new construction and renovation projects.
The installation consists of pressing molds into the concrete while the concrete is still in its plastic state. Color is achieved by using Dry Shakes or Color Hardeners, Powder or Liquid Releases, Integral Colors or Acid Stains. All these products may be combined to create even more intricate designs.
Stamped Concrete has been around for about 50 of years, what it started in the late 50's as a novelty products grew steadily until the mid 70' when it experienced a huge growth spurt as more architects, contractors and designers became aware of it's benefits, lower costs and natural beauty. Stamped Concrete caused a major stir when it was introducedat the World of Concrete and since 1978 Decorative Concrete has been one of the show's major attractions.
In the beginning there were very few designs available, but as the industry grew and more companies got into the fray the choices multiplied exponentially. Today there are many tools and materials manufacturers and with the advent of additional coloring systems such as Acid Stains, Transparent Stains and Dyes the choices are even more numerous.
Stamped Concrete may be used on driveways, patios, commercial roads and parking lots and even interior floors.