Charleston Concrete – Stamped Concrete Installation Services
We offer stamped concrete installation and repair services to Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek and the surrounding areas of the Lowcountry.
What is stamped concrete?
Stamped concrete is essentially a term used in reference to concrete, which is textured and or patterned or has been embossed to give it a look similar to that of slate, brick, tile, stone and wood among other textures and patterns.
You will essentially find the stamped concrete being popularly used for sidewalks, patios, pool decks, interior flooring and driveways. The fact that this concrete is incredibly flexible means that there are many design choices available out there that you can consider. Most people are essentially known to prefer it due to the fact that it poses as an affordable and attractive alternative when it comes to use of other materials like brick, stone or slate.
There are many different types of stamping patterns available when it comes to making stamped concrete and you can be sure that you will be able to find an awesome option for you. These concrete stamps are created through a procedure known as concrete stamping and these ones are placed on concrete after applying the release. Upon being pushed on the concrete, the stamps are then removed and the texture and pattern of the stamp is left on the concrete. As you would imagine, it is possible to make many different patterns and it all depends with what your tastes and preferences are.
The base color that is used as the base color when creating stamped concrete is essentially the primary color and as you can imagine, this one greatly determines the look and appearance of the concrete. Fortunately, there are many different colors that you can choose and it all depends on what your color preferences are. Color can essentially be introduced on the color through two main methods. To start with, broadcast method can be used, which is otherwise known as the color hardener. This is usually a powder pigment which is sued for dying the concrete and this is done by being thrown on the concrete surface literary. The next method used in coloring stamped concrete is known as integrally colored concrete. Here, the whole volume of the concrete gets colored through addition of a color hardener. Coloring the concrete integrally is essentially a process which comes with numerous benefits that you certainly can’t afford to miss out on.
Ideally, the highlight color is also the secondary color and this one is used just as its name implies. In this regard, it is used for highlighting the pattern and texture of the stamped concrete. This one essentially comes with a similar effect as the one that comes with shading when used in art work. You can be able to achieve the accent color when pouring the concrete or after the concrete gets set.
This explanation gives you the basic understanding of what stamped concrete is. The popularity of this type of concrete has been increasing significantly in recent times due to the fact that it is very affordable and you don’t have to spend a fortune on it.