Guide to Stamped Concrete

Stamped Concrete is concrete which is textured and/or patterned either by chemical etching, thermoplastic polymers, or inorganic materials. You may want to check out Stamped Concrete for more. Stamped concrete can be stamped by pressure rollers, manual stamping machines, or automatic stamping equipment. Stamped concrete contains contaminants that are left behind when the concrete is poured into an out-of-saturated area, such as a stamped concrete patio. These contaminants may include pigment granules, glass fiber, aluminum oxide, iron oxide, aluminates, or other additives. In recent years, new methods have been developed for removing these contaminants from stamped concrete, which allows concrete manufacturers to use a broader range of color and additive chemicals, resulting in more beautiful stamped concrete surfaces.

Stamped Concrete is usually used for exterior and interior floor applications. It can also be used as a surfacing product for gardens and parks. Stamped concrete can be made with different texture and patterning, including simple straight lines to intricate curved patterns, as well as textures resembling brick, stone, tiles, wood, and many other materials. These patterns and colors can be subtle or highly detailed, according to the application needs of the project. Stamped concrete surfaces can also be created using pigmented liquid acrylics or other pigments which adhere to the surface of the stamped concrete, rather than being poured in after the surface has been formed. Colors can range from highly saturated to nearly invisible, depending on the desired color choices of the homeowner.

Stamped Concrete uses three basic patterns for texturing: stamped, digitally printed, or hand-painted patterns. Digital printed patterns are easier to apply because they are pre-made and can be easily altered using vinyl glue. Hand painted stamps are typically more difficult to apply because they require stencils or paints to be painted on with decorative liquid medium, which runs the entire project along the edges of the stamps. Digital patterns and stamps can be scanned in and then printed out, allowing for large quantities of identical patterns or designs to be produced.