Q What is stamped concrete, and what are it’s applications?
A: Stamped concrete is a process in which newly placed concrete is given a stamped texture, three-dimensional color and a protective, clear sealer coat. Many of our stamped concrete projects involve new homes without patios or older homes whose existing patios have structural issues and need to be removed and replaced. In addition to patios, other popular applications include front porches, walkways and driveways.
Q How many different patterns and colors are available?
A: There are currently 15 standard patterns available and your choice of 2 colors from 40 available on the Brickform color chart. www.brickform.com
Q Do you offer a warranty?
A: Yes. A one-year warranty is included. (Does not include driveways) This warranty covers cracking, chipping and de-lamination of color or sealer. Extended warranties are also available and include a free re-seal.
Q How often should my stamped concrete be re-sealed?
A: Once a year is typical. High traffic areas exposed to direct sunlight will require more frequent re-sealing than covered or shaded areas. Generally, if your stamped concrete looks dry and colorless but the color returns when wet, It’s time to re-seal.
Q How do you remove snow?
A: A plastic shovel is recommended to avoid scratching the surface.
Q Does stamped concrete get slick when wet?
A: Stamped concrete can become slick when wet. Re-sealing your stamped concrete with an anti-slip additive known as “shark grip” can help make the surface less slick when wet.
Our average sramped concrete project takes 3 days to complete. Some can be done in as little as 2 days, while larger projects may take slightly longer to complete.
Day 1- After design, color and pattern choices are made, construction begins. Area prep consisting of the removal of grass, rock, ground cover, existing concrete, etc. is the first step. Sprinkler lines lines are cut and capped. This is followed by grading, the addition of road base as required, compaction, form setting and the placing of 1/2” re-bar on 36” centers.
Day 2- 4000 PSI concrete with integral fiber mesh is poured and a powdered color hardener is troweled into the surface creating a smooth, even base color with 6000 PSI compressive strength. A powdered, colored antique release is then broadcast over the area. At the appropriate time, stamping tools are used to impress both color and texture into the concrete surface.
Day 3- Clean up begins. Control joints are cut approximately every 10 feet and will be concealed in the pattern wherever possible. The concrete is power-washed exposing the combination of colors and texture you have chosen. Any touchup required is done at this point. Once completely dry, a solvent based acrylic sealer is applied. This is a “breathable” cure and seal and is the only type of sealer that should be applied during the 30-day curing period. Although requiring 30 days to fully cure, your new stamped concrete may be walked on 1 or 2 days after it is sealed. Large or high energy pets should be kept off for a few extra days to avoid scratching.