[Posted on October 2nd, 2013 by Ashley Aguirre Teekell]
Concrete stamps are used to create texture and designs when they are pushed into wet poured concrete. This is a very economical way to change the look of concrete to flagstones, brick pavers or cobblestone. Stamped concrete in Houston also has the advantage of lower maintenance and higher durability than some other types of flooring. It is an inexpensive upgrade that can add beauty and value to a home.
Uses of Stamped Concrete
There are many ways in which stamped concrete in Houston can be used. It can be used to create an attractive, permanent table or counter top and for indoor flooring, but the most common use is for outdoor patios, walkways, pool decks and driveways. To enhance the beauty and realism, color can be added to the concrete.
There are several different types of concrete stamps available, but if a specific look is needed, the stamps can be customized. The stamps used can give the look of:
- Wood grain
- Blue slate
- Large paving stones
Concrete is poured into the prepared area. If it has not been previously colored, an appropriate color can be added at this time. A release agent is added to the concrete to make it easy to remove the stamps when the concrete is dry. The stamps are then placed in the concrete and remain there until it is dry. After the stamps are removed, the area may be brushed and polished to have a professional appearance.
Color, texture and patterns are selected by the home owner or landscape artist to blend with any other tile, stone or textured concrete elements of the home. They can create very complex designs for steps, fountains and courtyards. Stamped concrete is often used with exposed aggregate concrete. Decorative elements are added to the concrete and after it is poured and dried the surface is stripped away to reveal the beauty underneath.
A Style Guide
The architectural style of the house or commercial building should be the guide for the color and type of stamped concrete used. For example, farmhouse style homes often use warm tones such as forest greens, russet reds and browns with stamped designs of random stone or slate; indoor floors are often stamped with a wood plank pattern that is a low-maintenance alternative to hardwood floors; and Spanish style homes use Spanish tile, flagstone and slate stamps for the exterior and slate pattern for the interior. Stamps can also resemble a Navajo-style rug for decks or fireplaces.
Cobblestone, English Yorkstone, brick herringbone and slate are some of the most popular designs for stamped concrete. They give a natural looking effect, are durable and add value to any home. Stamped concrete gives a safer texture for walking and doesn’t settle or shift. Debris should not remain on the surface for long periods of time and a sealant should be applied approximately every two to three years.
Stamped concrete floors are an environmentally-friendly flooring material that store and release heat and eliminate the need for carpet. It is an excellent choice for both indoor and outdoor applications.