Stamped Concrete & Decorative Concrete
Some people have the false perception that concrete is not an interesting material to use for constructions and installations in public and private properties – that it has a plain aesthetic that is a little dull for most property owners – but of course, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Even if you’re not someone that enjoys plain, conventional concrete – which provides a wonderful foundation for other materials and patterns to thrive and flourish – then you have the option of using stamped concrete or any other form of decorative concrete.
At Fort Wayne Concrete Contractors Co, we’ve got a treasure trove of experience when it comes to the design and implementation of decorative concrete for our customers. Naturally, our concrete contractors are very much used to completing this kind of work, so you can rest assured that you’re going to get a first-class outcome. Gain some further insights into this service by reading below.
Understanding Stamped Concrete
If you’re not sure exactly what stamped concrete is, you’re probably not alone. Even though stamped concrete has been around for more than 70 years at this point, it’s still not something that is ubiquitously known. So, what exactly is it? In simple terms, stamped concrete is where you have a concrete surface that has been patterned, stamped, or embossed to give the surface an entirely new aesthetic. You’re pretty much only limited by your imagination here – though many people use the stamping process to mimic other materials that they enjoy the visuals of.
Benefits of Stamped Concrete
Are you thinking of jazzing up your existing concrete slab? How about doing something unique on your next concrete project? Stamped concrete is a process that replicates more expensive materials such as natural stone, brick, tile, and wood. Also known as decorative concrete, it gives you the freedom to be creative using concrete as your base.
Stamped concrete comes with several benefits. If you haven't decided yet, here are some reasons why you should opt for stamping:
Strong and Durable
Concrete is a strong construction material that lasts for decades. Although stamped, decorative concrete's durability remains the same. Stamping concrete does not decrease its strength. It helps increase its robustness even. Stamped concrete is strong and durable enough it can hold up to both traffic and wear.
Regardless of the design, stamped concrete requires less maintenance than expensive materials. No matter how simple or intricate the stamped concrete patterns are, you can clean it up by using a basic broom or water pressure. Compared to paving materials or paving stones, stamped concrete surfaces do not settle or loose. Thus, they do not need constant replacing or resetting.
Alternative Decorative Options
If you think you can only use stamped concrete for your property, that’s not true – there are many different decorative concrete options that might be an excellent choice for you. Stained concrete is a popular product, and if that doesn’t float your boat, how about imprinted concrete or polished concrete?
Style with Substance
The principal advantage of decorative concrete is that it gives you the visual flexibility that isn’t present with conventional concrete – and it manages to do that without sacrificing the physical quality that sets concrete apart from the other material options available on the market. This really is the full package.
Stamped concrete increases the overall aesthetic value of your property. It adds character and uniqueness to your place. If you want to elevate your existing concrete, our solution is to do stamped concrete overlays. This process allows you to double the beauty and texture of construction materials like brick and real stone without replacing your concrete surface.
Stamped concrete is an affordable alternative to more expensive construction materials like brick, natural stone, tile, even wood. Stamped concrete costs between $9 to $16.25 per square foot. The price can go a little higher though for high-end designs and custom decorative designs. Since stamped concrete is very easy to maintain, you get to save a lot more in the long run.
Stamped Concrete Services
No matter what your next concrete project is, we got you! Our company offers a wide selection of stamped concrete services. This includes the following:
- Stamped Concrete Driveways
- Stamped Concrete Patios
- Stamped Concrete Pool Decks
- Stamped Concrete Steps
- Stamped Concrete Sidewalks
These services are open to both new and existing concrete projects.
Stamped Concrete Process
Stamping concrete can be very challenging depending on the design. That is why it is important to hire expert concrete contractors to do the job. For those wondering how the stamping process is carried out, here’s a quick rundown of how we do it at Fort Wayne Concrete Contractors Co.:
1. Pouring of Concrete
It starts with us pouring the concrete, which is followed up by mixing in the primary color. However, in some cases, this is completed before the concrete is poured. In most of our projects, we use ready-mix concrete. But in other cases, depending on the project requirements, we customize our concrete mix.
2. Adding Color Release Agent and Texturizing
Once concrete pouring is done, we then add the color release agent and apply the texturizing mats to the surface. As you can probably guess, the mats are needed to give the concrete its pattern. Decorative concrete applications require special skills. You need experts to do the job, otherwise, you will be wasting time, effort, and money.
3. Curing of Stamped Concrete
After the first two steps have been completed, the waiting begins. Usually, it takes at least 48 hours to dry up. But takes a few more days to a week for your new concrete surface to be usable. That depends on whether you’re using it for people or for vehicles.
4. Sealing Stamped Concrete
After 48 hours, the concrete surface is already dry enough to proceed with the final step. We’ll then lean off the color release agent and apply a sealant to protect the surface of the concrete. Concrete sealants are essential to help protect your concrete surface from stains and minor damages.
Why Hire Us
If you think doing stamped concrete by yourself is a good idea, think again. Stamped concrete can be very tricky. If you do not have the skills for it, you might end up in a disaster. So, instead of experimenting and wasting time and money, hire the experts instead. When we say experts that pertains to us at Fort Wayne Concrete Contractors Co.
By letting us do the work, you get to benefit from the following:
Licensed and Insured
As a licensed company, we follow certain standards set by the industry. Thus, you can be confident that our work is never substandard. Meanwhile, our company has all the necessary insurances. Having such protects our company, our people, and our customers in case of any untoward circumstance during construction.
Highly Skilled Concrete Experts
We take our work seriously. We know how crucial it is to build a concrete structure -- stamped or not. Having the right knowledge and skills enables us to provide you with a durable and long-lasting concrete surface. Also, we never stop learning and honing our craft. From time to time, we go through training to update our knowledge and skills.
Unique Design Ideas
One thing that sets our company apart from our competitors is the uniqueness of our designs. Our team of designers works very hard to provide our customers with unique patterns and designs. For a more personalized touch, we also do custom designs based on your preference.
Wide Selection of Stamped Concrete Patterns
We know how each of our clients is different from one another. Each has its own design preference. Thus, we provide a wide variety of stamped concrete patterns to choose from. With a lot of patterns available, rest assured you will find one that's for you. And if you don't find what you are looking for, we can always customize one for you.
Latest Stamping Tools
Our company is very up to date with the latest trends and tools in the concrete stamping industry. We work very hard to research and learn about new tools so we can use them in our next projects. As a premier concrete company, we make sure to always stay on the lead and never get behind.
Affordable Stamped Concrete Services
Apart from providing you with the best stamped concrete services, we also offer the best price in the Fort Wayne, IN area. Given our expertise, you will get your money's worth. Our company works hard every single day to provide you with the most competitive prices possible. If you are on a project, let us know. We have our ways to work things around to provide ultimate customer satisfaction.
Contact Us Today
For your stamped concrete needs, contact us today! We provide free and realistic estimates and consultations to help you come up with the right decision. All you have to do is call us during business hours or send us a message online via the contact form. Rest assured we will respond to your online inquiries as soon as the next business day.