Stamped and Stained Concrete FAQs

What is stamped concrete?

Stamped concrete is conventional concrete with color hardener added.

What is decorative concrete?

Decorative concrete ads form to function. It can be imprinted, colored, or combine both for aesthetic enhancement to concrete.

How do you stop stamped concrete from cracking?

Initial quality control during the pour will improve the life of stamped concrete. Tactical placement of joints stops cracking. Less overall weight will decrease cracking. Sealant and resealing will prohibit cracking.

Pavers or Stamped Concrete?

Pavers cost slightly more than basic stamped concrete. Pavers are designed to bear heavy weight while stamped concrete cost less, control weeds and won’t crack.

What are the Pros and Cons of Stamped Concrete?

Stamped concrete cost less than pavers yet will crack in time. Often cost less than brick or stone. Less gaps, less weeds. It’s not resistant to moisture. It is not resistant to freeze cycles. With color hardeners, it has an even longer lifespan. It has weight limits. It requires resealing and slippery when wet.

Is stamped concrete resistant to freeze thaw cycles?

Stamped concrete is not resistant to freeze thaw cycles. This can be minimized when color hardener and proper sealant is applied. It can be susceptible to cracking without proper quality control.

Should stamped concrete be resealed?

Stamped concrete should be regularly resealed every 2 to 3 years.

What colors can you stamp concrete?

You can pigment concrete in any color. Earth tones and greyscale neutrals are most prevalent for stamped concrete. Stains and standard pigment colors are also available.

What is the best stamped concrete color?

Contrast is key in color selection. Consider matching your color by the theme. Keep your color choice in harmony with surroundings. Darker colors are best for well lit open space. Lighter colors can make a small area feel larger.

What is the best stamped concrete pattern for a patio?

Outdoor patios weather best with large imprints and more joints. More relief helps create a non-slip surface. There are fewer concerns with indoor surfaces. The relief pattern should meet your specific slip and fall needs.

What is spraycrete?

Also referred to as covercrete and other branded names, spraycrete is a form of concrete resurfacing sprayed over existing concrete at a 1-inch thickness. It requires maintenance.

What is architectural concrete?

Architectural concrete ads form to function. Often it is stamped. It some cases it is an overlay.

Are some stamped concrete patterns slippery?

Stamp patterns with less relief should be avoided to minimize slip and fall risk. Traction should be taken into consideration when making a pattern selection.

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