Stain can also be used in conjunction with stamped concrete to provide an accent color. Also, there are different ways to apply the stain to achieve different looks. Advantages of colored concrete. Of course, the biggest advantage of stained concrete is its visual appeal. Stained concrete allows you to turn functional elements into design elements. Also, with a variety of colors and designs, painting can be used for almost any design theme. Another advantage of stained concrete is that it is a semi-permanent and durable option. Since you are only changing the color of the concrete without changing its physical strength, the service life of a white slab of colored concrete will be dull (some engineered concrete lasts over fifty years!). Also, because the color actually sinks into the concrete instead of layering on top like paint, it won’t fade like paint. Stain can also be described as a “green” renovation project because you can only modify what you already have, which means less waste in the landfill when starting over. In addition, in order to make the floor surface ready for use, painting does not require additional materials, except for sealant or wax. Stained concrete is just as easy to maintain as regular concrete boards, as the sealer prevents stains and washes off easily. A new coat of sealer or occasional wax may be required to maintain the finish. A simple mop or hose is often enough to clean the surface. Finally, another advantage of colored concrete is that it is relatively cheap compared to other options for producing a special and unique product.
Stamped concrete is another common method of decorative concrete. It literally involves stamping a pattern and/or texture into the new concrete. This means that stamped concrete requires new concrete to be poured. That doesn’t mean you can’t add a stamp pattern or texture to your existing yard, there are a few steps in between. If you have a concrete paver that you want to add a stamp pattern or texture to, you need to apply a layer of concrete mix or overlay. Of course, concrete is preferred because it is one of the most durable materials in the world; However, the concrete will require at least two inches of additional height. There are other products, often called overlay compounds, that can be applied as little as three-eighths of an inch thick. However, the service life of this plastic cement polymer is shorter than that of concrete.
Covering the yard with concrete or overlay is limited.
If your deck is cracked or structurally out of order, any coating on it is at risk because the coating will also crack and shift. However, covering or overlaying concrete effectively hides small blemishes and irregularities in the concrete. The process involves pouring the concrete as you would for a normal slab job. The area is framed, reinforced, leveled. For the stamp, the concrete must be dry enough not to be mushy, but moist enough to hold the impression. Timing is probably one of the most difficult aspects of stamping. At this point, a large rubber stamp is hammered into the concrete several times with a tool called a tamper. Several types of release products are used to prevent seals from sticking. Other specialty tools are used to improve the area, including flippie stamps, mortar rollers, and more. Painting stamped concrete can be done in a variety of ways. Some colorants that can be used in stamped concrete include built-in/integrated colors, antique release colors, color hardeners, and color sealers. An integrated color, also called an integrated color, is a color that is mixed into the concrete before it is poured. Integrated colors are available in liquid and powder form.
The advantage of integrated color is that the color runs throughout the concrete,
So if the concrete is cracked or scarred, the color will remain consistent throughout the slab. Antique release colors are usually powder colors that are applied to the surface before stamping. The functional aspect is to ensure that the seal does not stick to the Stamped Concrete Greenville SC. The aesthetic aspect is that if you wipe off the excess powder in the grooves and crevices, it will leave a nice accent color. Some release colors are also liquid. The colored hardener is applied to the concrete surface. They are used to add color to newly poured concrete. Because they contain cement and a high PSI, we don’t recommend using them in rapidly changing climates because the color hardeners can cause the “popcorn” effect we created, where little circles pop out of the concrete surface. Color hardeners are usually powders and come in a variety of colors. The tinted sealant is what you think it is; they are clear colored sealants