Jan 2018 STAMPED CONCRETE PATTERNS
Available in a variety of patterns and colours, stamped concrete floors create a picturesque finish to create gorgeous concrete flooring options.
Together, lets discover the process of creating these decorative finishes and uncover a world of stamped concrete floors and the number of patterns, designs and colours that this flooring option is available in.
Given the number of technological advancements the concrete industry has made over the last decade; concrete floors are available in an almost limitless variety of colours, shapes and textures, what’s more is concrete flooring is available at an affordable cost, making this flooring type a highly desirable and accessible option even for the most rigid budget.
Selecting Stamped Concrete Patterns
Patterned stamped concrete can be created to resemble a variety of finishes based on your desired end result. Ranging from brick to flagstone, cobbled or slate, with natural textures to more structured and modern finishes, stamped concrete floors can create the ideal look to compliment your home, the range of textures and colours is only limited by your imagination.
Stamped Concrete Patterns and Designs Include:
- Random Interlocking Square Cobble Stone with Rounded Corners
- Random Interlocking Fractured Slate Cobbles with Square Corners
- Large Earth Surface Embossing Skins
- River Stone Skins for Large Surface Areas
- Uniform Rectangular Ashlar Stone
- Uniform Sleeper Wood Planking
- Uniform Pine Wood Planking
- Natural Garden Rock Finishes
- Uniform Small Cobblestone
- Small Lime Stone Squares in a European Fan
Applying Colour Variants to stamped Concrete Floors.
Once the base set up for installing concrete floors has been followed the process of adding a colour variant to concrete floors can occur via two junctures:
The first and least common process sees colour options added to the cement mixer creating a solid colour throughout the concrete. The alternate option is to dry-shake a colour hardener onto the surface of the cement which is then gently worked into the concrete. The colour/hardener dusting process is applied to the concrete a number of times over ensuring that the concrete is pigmented a few inches deep should the set surface chip or scratch throughout its life time.
Colour variants include:
- Grey and Slate Variants
- Pinks and Salmon
- Tan Variants
- Slate Grey
- Brick Red or Terracotta
- Sand and Stone Options
by mixing colour tints with each other, the end results create a one of a kind look that can be perfectly matched to paint variants or to create a never seen before finish, should you wish to create a unique colour blend.
The Process of Stamping Concrete Patterns
Once the concrete has been effectively coloured with the desired end result, the stamping process can commence. An uncomplicated process at best; by simply placing a series of stamping tools reflecting the selected pattern onto the concrete, stamped concrete patterns are carefully pressed into the coloured concrete. Various patterns, textures and finishes may be achieved, depending on the desired design selected.
After curing for 24 hours, the pressed concrete slab is power-washed to ensure excess colour hardener is removed, keep wet and warm for a few days to facilitate curing followed by the process of acid-etching a few days later. A sealant is later applied and for outdoor surfaces a sandy sealer can be used to preserve the surface of the stamped concrete slab and add traction or grip to potentially slippery areas.
With a world of stamped concrete flooring now at your fingertips, we hope to have helped to explain the process of creating beautiful stamped concrete flooring and the various finishes that can be accomplished based on your desired end results. Happy stamping!