To enhance the appearance of a patio, driveway, sidewalk, pool deck, or even an area inside the home, stamped concrete is ideal. With stamped concrete, the concrete is textured, patterned, or embossed to strongly resemble natural stone, slate, brick, flagstone, wood, or tile, among other things.
Compared to other materials, concrete is extremely cost-effective. Having the ability to transform its appearance into something else for a fraction of the cost is a huge benefit. Although you can hire a professional to do the work, for small areas this is also a great DIY project. On The Stamp Store website, we offer a wealth of information on the process, including “how to” videos.
Regardless of who does the work, these are the top 5 certain mistakes must be avoided.
- Incorrect Mixture – The right proportion of concrete and water mixture has to be used. The easiest method of achieving the right mixture is to to do a slump test prior to pouring.
- Wrong Pattern or Texture – Becoming overzealous when taking on stamped concrete project is easy. However, instead of gravitating to the most complex design possible, you should start with a basic pattern, such as a square tile, and, preferably, a smaller area. As your skills improve, you can then expand to larger areas and more intricate patterns and textures. The stamp store can even create a custom pattern for you.
- Poor Color Choice – The goal in choosing color for concrete stamping is to create an illusion that makes the concrete appear to be something else. Colors have to be realistic and as close to the real material as possible. For instance, to create a walkway that looks like natural brick, use Brick Red BRICKFORM Color Hardener.
- No Sealing – For stamped concrete to last, it must be properly sealed. This not only preserves the color but texture as well. It will help stains from setting in while enhancing the overall appearance of the concrete.
- No Assistance – Even as a do-it-yourself project, you will need help. The number of people will depend on the size of the area and the complexity of the pattern.