Stamped concrete is concrete that is patterned and/or textured or embossed to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile, wood, and various other patterns and textures. Stamped concrete is also known to be affordable and an attractive alternative to using other materials such as slate, brick or stone.
There are three major additional steps used in stamped concrete which separate it from other concrete procedures. A highlight color is added as an accent, and finally a pattern is stamped into concrete.
Color hardener is a powder pigment used to dye the concrete, by literally throwing it onto the surface of the concrete. The second method is called integrally colored concrete. The entire volume of concrete is colored by adding the color hardener to the truck.
The highlight color, the secondary color, is used to, as the name implies, highlight the texture and pattern. It has the same effect that shading does in art work. The accent color can be achieved at the time of pour or after the concrete has set.
Concrete stamping is the procedure which uses the concrete stamps to make the pattern in the concrete. Concrete stamps are placed on the concrete after the release has been applied. The concrete stamps are pushed into the concrete and then removed to leave the pattern and texture in the stamped concrete.
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