Achieving the look that you want for your interior floors and outdoor areas can be difficult. While you can certainly use stone, brick, and cobblestone to do this, the sheer cost alone can be immense. Many Tampa homeowners have turned to concrete as an affordable, durable alternative to these expensive options. However, did you know that concrete can do more than just work as a passable alternative? It can mirror the look and feel of almost any surface with stamped concrete overlay.
Concrete Stamping and Stamped Overlay
Stamped concrete is a means of achieving a pattern in newly poured concrete, allowing you to make your concrete look like another material – wood, stone, brick, and more. This can also be done on a new slab that was meant to replace an old one that is damaged beyond repair.
However, for existing homes with a structurally sound concrete already in place, the traditional option of removing the old concrete is expensive and time-consuming. A better option is a stamped concrete overlay. Essentially, this is a thin layer of imprinted concrete that is applied to an existing concrete surface. For instance, if you have a plain concrete pool deck, then concrete overlay can give you the look of brick or natural stone. It can be patterned and colored as well, ensuring that you are able to achieve exactly the look and style that you want.
Stamped Overlay Installation Process
This custom concrete solution is can be done on both old and new concrete slabs. While the overlay or new pour sets, it is stamped with your preferred pattern.
Step 1: For existing concrete, the surface is first prepared. Cleaning is done and any damage is repaired.
Step 2: The concrete overlay is installed on the surface and then spread evenly across the surface. For newly installed concrete, the installer waits until it is a bit firmer for an imprint to hold out.
Step 3: While wet, the stamp mats for the specific design the project calls for is laid out onto the overlay and tapped just a bit until it creates an imprint.
Staining the stamped surface is done if desired or if you are trying to replicate a specific flooring or paving material. For natural stone, the colors are manually added for a more artistic and realistic look.
Fancy a stone or brick surface? Call (813) 213-4787 for more info on stamped concrete & stamped overlays.
If having stamped concrete driveways patios, or pool decks sound like an excellent way to increase the beauty of your home and outdoor areas, you’re correct. However, you will have to find the right decorative concrete company in Tampa for your needs. Working with the wrong company is never a good decision, especially with a process that requires this much expertise and knowledge. The best option is to give Decorative Concrete Tampa a call. We offer complimentary consults that allow customers to convey their desires and concerns.