What Is Stamped Concrete?
Stamped concrete is when concrete been poured, dyed, and stamped to resemble a wide range of other building materials such as brick, stone, slate, or even wood. The process offers you the look of these premium materials but usually at a lesser price point.
What sets this process apart from regular concrete is the color and texture that is added during the pouring and finishing of the project. This most often takes place in a three-step process. A base color is initially added to mimic the natural color of the material you are replicating.
Once the base color is mixed in or cast on, a second color or accent color is added to your project. This accent color is used to produce additional texture or designs in the concrete itself. An example of how the second color enhances your project would be the use of a secondary color to create the appearance of sand lines such as those found between pavers.
The third step includes the actual stamping or imprinting of the wet concrete. This allows the concrete to take on the shape or texture of the material you want to imitate. The concrete is then allowed to cure and harden.