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Concrete Stamping: Adding Beauty and Style to Your Paving Project

Concrete stamping is an economical and stylish way to turn a drab driveway, sidewalk, or patio into an attractive, eye-catching design statement. With any number of colors, stamps, and rollers to choose from to add texture, color and patterns to your paving project, stamped concrete is a durable, low-maintenance alternative to natural paving stones and other materials.

Concrete Stamping Tips

Whether you’re a paving professional doing stamping for the first time or a do-it-yourself homeowner, you’re assured top-notch results and a beautiful, durable finish to your concrete project if you follow these few, simple tips:

  • Make sure your sub grade is properly prepared and well-drained. It should be damp, but not soaked, to ensure your concrete sets up well.
  • Pour your concrete to a uniform depth throughout the area being paved – ideally at least 4 inches thick.
  • Choose a texture, color, or finish to complement the landscaping and/or building(s) adjacent to your paved area. A cobblestone look works well for older architecture or a more natural environment, while a brick-like look provides a more traditional, finished affect.
  • If possible, have the color added prior to delivery by the manufacturer. This saves time and adds a deeper, more durable tint to your concrete.
  • Use a powdered release agent when stamping to ensure that your stamp pulls away  cleanly from the fresh concrete. Pick a color that compliments your tint to add more dimension to your concrete texture.
  • Brush the release agent on just ahead of where you’re stamping – start as soon as the concrete begins to set.
  • Don’t use too much pressure on the stamp, causing the concrete to ooze up over the stamp. Apply even pressure and release as straight up as possible.
  • Add expansion joints within 24 hours to avoid cracking.
  • Wash off excess release agent two days after treatment using a garden hose or pressure washer. No need to remove it evenly or thoroughly – leaving a little in the texture and seams adds character and an aged affect.
  • Once properly cured, add a protective sealant, if desired.

For more information and helpful tips on preparing and using concrete and concrete products, email us or call 978-669-0088.