Stamped concrete has been around for years, the chances are that you have seen this several times, but may have mistaken it for other materials. This is because stamped concrete replicates the look of natural materials such as granite, brick, wood, stone and slate. With a wide range of colours, patterns and textures available, stamped concrete can be used to create natural visuals at a fraction of the cost.
To create such a convincing floor, the right tools, materials and skills are needed. With a skilled professional, the perfect stamped concrete flooring can be applied in 8 simple steps.
The first step is casting the concrete – this is the act of pouring the concrete into the desired area. Once poured, the concrete should be compacted and levelled to the desired thickness.
Once the surface is level, the Colour Hardener should be distributed over the surface by hand.
A concrete float should then be used by hand on the freshly prepared concrete in order to create a smooth surface. As well as preparing the concrete for step 4, floating also removes any surface imperfections.
With a perfectly smooth surface, the Colour Release should then be shaken over the surface by hand.
Now you are ready to stamp. Piece the stamping tools together, much like a jigsaw and ensure that they are aligned to provide a consistent pattern. Apply weight to the stamping tools evenly and use a textured wheel over any areas that need more definition. Allow this freshly stamped concrete to cure for 24 hours before any light traffic.
After this curing period, dust and dirt can be power-washed off the surface.
A Release Cleaner should then be used to remove residual materials and dirt.
The final step is sealing the concrete, which not only intensifies the colour but also increases protection against weather and wear.
The video below shows these eight stages in practice during an application of Increte Stamped Concrete at Genting Highlands in Malaysia.
In the video above, the stamped concrete was utilised to replicate cobbles, in order to provide a decorative flooring solution for a theme park. This material is extremely easy to maintain and whilst long-lasting, it is also simple to refresh using materials such as Renovate if needed.
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