3 Things That You Need to Know About Stamped Concrete
A trend that has really taken off in concrete finishing is the process of stamping. Aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective, this style of concrete finishing gives the illusion of brick or stone laying, without the maintenance of those materials, as there are no joints where weed growth can occur.
Adding to the value of stamped concrete is the material’s longevity. When properly installed and maintained, stamped concrete will last for decades.
Before jumping on board with this great concrete trend, there a few things to take into consideration.
The Power of Choice
One of the great things about stamped concrete is that there are many different colours, textures, and patterns to choose from. Your concrete can be customized to complement the colour of your home or add a little bit of fun to an otherwise blank canvas.
It’s important to be confident in your colour, texture, and pattern choices, because as they say, it will be ‘set in stone’. To give you a good idea of what your stamped concrete may look like, SK Form & Finish has sample stamped concrete boards to help you make the right decision for your property.
Stamped Stands the Test of Time
Stamped concrete is a double whammy; it is both durable and low maintenance. Because the concrete is less prone to cracks than alternatives, it is more resistant to weeds and can last much longer than standard concrete.
While the color of stamped concrete can fade, this can be minimized by periodic cleaning and resealing. If this is too much maintenance for you, no problem! Even if years of neglect has rendered the concrete colorless, vitality can be restored via a single clean and reseal.
Stamped is not DIY certified
Unless you’re a concrete maestro, we advise hiring professional help. While it is possible for amateurs to successfully execute a stamped concrete job, it’s a tricky and potentially expensive science. For starters, you only get one chance to get it right. Unlike other DIY projects, such as carpentry or plumbing, concrete does not come apart and you can’t leave and return to the job later if you run out of time or patience.
Furthermore, as an exceptionally detail oriented job you’ll need the right tools to succeed, and those tools can be expensive. You are better off to leave this task (and the equipment costs) to the pros!
If you’re looking to add some dimension and edge to your space, stamped concrete may be a great option for you, and the team at SK Form & Finish are happy to help you determine if it will suit your needs.