Concrete stamping can be a lot of fun and can create interesting effects for your property. Rather than having a flat and gray slab of concrete, you can have a beautiful and decorative concrete surface that looks very unique while also being affordable.
Choosing Interesting Designs
When using the highest-quality concrete stamp accessories, you can create a concrete surface that looks like limestone, wooden planks, or any other type of material. You can give your concrete surface beautiful swirls and designs. You can also make your concrete look interesting by creating intricate textures.
Pouring the Concrete
Before you stamp your concrete, you will put forms in place to control where the concrete goes. Then, the concrete will be poured so that you will then have the canvas necessary to stamp your concrete with the intended texture. Use mark guides so that there will be consistency with your stamping project.
Once the concrete has been poured into place, the concrete is then smoothed using a concrete accessory known as a rail. This is used to keep your concrete consistent. You will need to trowel the concrete and apply a special spray to protect the concrete from moisture and sunlight. Then, you'll be ready to stamp your concrete.
Before stamping, you'll want to make sure that everything is even and you might need to adjust your borders. Special skins need to be applied over the concrete before you can begin the stamping process. The skins cover the entire concrete surface and will also overlap so that there are no openings.
You'll need to obtain stamping accessories that are compatible with the type of stamped texture you are trying to create. Press the entire edge of the stamp so that it stamps evenly using the right accessories. It's not a good idea to use your feet because that approach is less reliable.
Inspecting the Surface
The entire surface area needs to be tamped and you will then lift the stamp up without moving it out of place. The goal is to inspect the stamp to make sure that the stamp has reached the necessary depth.
After the concrete has been allowed to dry a little bit, you'll need to use handwork detailing tools to make sure that you correct any mistakes. Blow away the debris and inspect the stamping job. If it is correct, the stamping part is over and you may move on to staining and sealing the concrete.
Contact a local concrete company to learn more about concrete accessories, such as stamping tools.