Choosing the Right Concrete Stamps

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A perfect concrete stamp can be the stamp of success on the design of a home. The concrete stamps, if you do not know, is the result of a process in which slab concrete is poured into a frame, which usually outlines something like a walkway, driveway or a patio. The slab concrete is then given texture or stamped with patterns before it dries, in order to keep the shape and pattern when it is done. The technology and techniques involved with concrete stamping have improved over the years, and because of this the practice of incorporating stamped concrete into the overall design of a home has become more and more popular and common.

For instance, stamped concrete can now almost identically duplicate most patterns, like cobblestone, brick, pavers, woods, seashells and many other patterns. Part of the new technology of stamped concrete has to do with the added use of certain pigments into the design process, which has further improved stamped concrete’s ability to duplicate and mimic certain patterns.

The benefits of stamped concrete are numerous and do go beyond just mere aesthetic value. For one thing, stamped concrete tends to be much more durable than the other patterns that it mimics. Bricks, for example, can become dislodged or damaged for any number of reasons, and wood can become rotten or discolored. Cobblestones, since they are interlocking pieces, are susceptible to ground changes- like frost heave- which will take them out of the ground. The cost for maintenance is another factor, as the more ornate options tend to be much more expensive in the long run. So, not only are concrete stamps more affordable, but they may also even be a better deal, as they are more durable than their mimicked counterparts.

But, now it comes to actually doing the work. When concrete is stamped, it is done so through the use of a stamping mat, which a person stands on in order to use their weight to leave the impression of the design on the wet slab concrete. A rigid stamping mat is good for flat surfaces and designs that need a lot of force to become impressed into the concrete.

A semi-rigid mat is good for most jobs, as it is flexible enough to add contours to the shape and design of the concrete below it. Flex mats are used most commonly for very angular designs, like concrete that is rising at a 90 degree angle- like a driveway, perhaps. They are the most flexible of all the options and also the thinnest of all the options.

Finally, there are texturing skins. The texturing skin is where the heart of the design lays. This is the product which will help design the concrete and put the finishing touches on it. For most jobs, most if not every type of mat and skin will need to be used in order to keep it all consistent. When it comes down to choosing which techniques and designs look and work best for you, it is important to keep in mind the area and neighborhood in which you live and the style of your home. The wrong choice could look tacky. Take a moment to walk around and get inspiration from your natural surroundings.

Concrete stamps, even if they are not really the real thing, should still aim to be harmonious with its surroundings. The last thing you want is for a concrete stamp to look out of place or tacky. It may also be a good idea to see what is popular, as that tends to give you an idea about what people like and what is currently in. But, in the end, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you may have to just go with your instincts when it comes to choosing the right concrete stamp design for you, your family and your home.

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This article was composed by Ty Whitworth

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