Stamped concrete is a technique that allows craftsmen to make concrete look like brick, slate, flagstone, ceramic tiles, inlaid stone, and even wood. There is a huge variety of colors and patterns available and the effects can be incredibly intricate or fairly simple, depending on the owner’s taste and needs. Stamped concrete can be used anywhere: a driveway, deck, as a floor in your home, an outdoor walkway–anywhere you want a beautiful, durable surface! Concrete provides a wonderful canvas for creating the illusion of very expensive materials at a price range within everyone’s budget.
The installation of stamped concrete is about 33% less than that of actual pavers, and is indistinguishable from the real thing. The sealed concrete surface is also highly durable and nearly impenetrable against moisture and the elements. In addition, the stamped concrete surface requires very little maintenance.
The method of care depends upon whether the surface is interior or exterior. For interior floors, care for them as you would any other hard surface floor: simply sweep and mop them as usual. Exterior surfaces may be rinsed with a garden hose or pressure washer. If they need a more thorough cleaning, simply apply a small amount of cleaning solution to the surface and scrub it with a brush (a push broom works well), and then rinse again until all soap suds are gone.
Stamped concrete will need to be resealed every few years. Concrete sealers are the barrier between your surface and the environment. They prevent stains and provide protection against abrasives and chemical damage. They also provide protection against moisture and sun damage. The actual time frame in between sealings depends on the amount and type of traffic on the surface.
Enjoy your beautiful stamped concrete surface, but keep it beautiful with good maintenance. The maintenance requirements are few and will keep your surface looking vibrant and new for years after it was poured.
If you want to investigate the many possibilities of decorative stamped concrete for your home or business, consider contacting Lowell Russell Concrete, Inc. in Minnesota, at 952-461-3710 or Request a Quote online. We offer a variety of decorative concrete services, including interior and exterior applications, staining, stenciling and imprinting of concrete.