The idea of stamping concrete was first introduced in the world of concrete early 1970s when builders saw that it was a good idea that came in with satisfaction of customers. There were few choices of design and color making concrete work limited in early days however the industry has really grown new, modern and stylish patterns have come up. A concrete applies in various different textures and surfaces, such as, highway, patios, driveways and even floors inside the house.
It is important to find a qualified and skilled contractor once you settle on a favorable design. Here are some tips for narrowing your design.
If your house is brick-patterned choose color that matches with the roof, indoor installations interior design scheme and walls. This motivates you from the surrounding home s architectural styles.
Get Ideas from other stamped concrete installations in the neighborhood. Photos and literature can also be of use.
There are professionals who can give information by giving you the big picture of imagination and together you can come up with a big pattern.
Contractors organize exhibitions and home expos for decorative concrete and beautiful pattern. Visit show rooms in your area where contractors display samples of patterns and color selections in the design centers.
Variety of designs makes you to select specific pattern and color scheme that will not minimize time and effort wastage. It will help in budgeting for the decoration. Designs that compliment with the house or business will last long, hence it is important to make it highly visible and attractive.
There are three techniques that make this decorations more appealing than still resembling blocks or paved stones. These are:
The accumulation of accent color
The accumulation of a base color
Stamping a pattern into the concrete
ACCUMULATION OF ACCENT COLOR
This is the use of secondary colors in stamped concrete. They are always used to bring out the texture in and show additional building materials. Color release has two purposes that are to color the concrete and to prevent the stamps from sticking to the concrete. The procedure for application is given by the professional having in mind the design of the customer.
ACCUMULATION OF BASE COLOR
This is the use of primary color in stamping concrete, and it is done to reflect the color of natural building materials.
Powder pigments used to dye the concrete apply a hardened surface to the pattern. Cast –on color is a procedure the whole concrete is dyed on the base and spread on the color hardener and allowed to dry. This method only covers the base of the concrete only.
STAMPING A PATTERN ON A CONCRETE
The pattern is made by implanting concrete shortly after it has been made with concrete they are mainly made of polyurethane, then style the stamp made of various metals and put on the concrete.
It is made to look like the ordinary product such as natural stone, brick or flagstone. It is made after color has been applied. The stamps are pushed in the concrete and removed where the pattern is stamped on the concrete. In order to make good this type of concrete, you have to consider accent color, base color and the pattern.
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