Want the look of brick pavers or stone without the price tag? Stamped concrete may be the solution for you. From patios to driveways to pool surrounds and more, stamped concrete can be used in a variety of applications. In this guide, we’ll explain what stamped concrete is and how stamped concrete is made.
Stamped Concrete Is Imprinted to Look Like Stone or Brick
Stamped concrete, also known as imprinted concrete, is designed to look like stone, brick, tile, wood, or another material. The concrete is a thinner consistency than traditional concrete, allowing for a smoother finish and better stamping results. Stamped concrete can be customized to fit each client’s needs, and it typically costs less than brick pavers or natural stone.
How Stamped Concrete Works
Concrete stamping varies slightly based on where and how it is being used. The general process goes as follows:
- You get an in-person consultation with a stamped concrete contractor in your area. This person will look at your property and where you want the concrete to assess the full scope of the project.
- You receive a sample booklet that shows different color combinations and stamping patterns to choose from. You’ll be able to look at sample looks from popular combinations to see what will look best on your property.
- You choose the color and style you want. The base color is pre-mixed into the concrete before it arrives to the job site.
- The concrete is poured and left to dry slightly. The concrete needs to be somewhat soft for stamping, but if it’s too wet, it will not hold its shape.
- An accent color is added to the top of the concrete to provide extra depth and dimension. This is also known as a “release color.”
- The concrete gets stamped in the design of your choosing.
- The concrete is sealed to enhance the color and preserve the structure. Stamped concrete should be resealed every 3-5 years.
- At N&M Restoration, we add new topsoil around the stamped concrete to finish off the look. Most stamped concrete companies do not offer this service.
It takes about a month for the concrete to fully cure, depending on the weather. However, you can drive on a stamped concrete driveway within two weeks. We will explain all of this when we apply your stamped concrete to ensure it lasts for years to come.
Can I Get Stamped Concrete over Existing Concrete?
If your existing concrete is in good shape, you can get stamped concrete over existing concrete. In this case, we will apply a special adhesive to bond the new concrete with the old concrete. Then we will stamp the concrete overlay. If your existing concrete needs to be repaired or replaced, we can do that for you as well. N&M Restoration offers concrete repair, concrete replacement, and stamped concrete in Michigan.
Is Stamped Concrete Right for You?
Stamped concrete is a great option for many homes and businesses. There are some drawbacks though, especially in an area where concrete is likely to crack from foundation shifting. Our experts will help you determine if stamped concrete is right for you, or if you’d be better off with a service like brick paving. Contact N&M Restoration at (586) 350-5824 to schedule a no-obligation consultation for stamped concrete.