Stamped concrete floors are able to give you the look of a more expensive yet durable type of flooring. The truth is that based on the life of a stamped concrete floor the price is typically inexpensive. You can have stamped concrete indoors or outdoors though thanks to the durability factor this looks excellent outside where plenty of traffic occurs.
The reason stamped concrete floors are so good in these areas is because they can take a beating from the weather and will only need moderate care to continue looking like they are in top shape.
There are so many options when it comes to stamped concrete. For example, if you wanted your driveway or deck to have the look of slate, stone, or wood you could use stamped concrete floors to create that look. You could do the same thing for a brick or tile look. Concrete is the best option, of course, because it is able to withstand so much more and still come out looking beautiful.
The pattern of your stamped concrete floors is going to come from a design stamp. To create the best look it is really a matter of knowing the right place to stamp the design tool. You should create a layout that you will follow because once your concrete is mixed and ready to go you will know what you will be doing. For practice, before you pour the concrete, you should try to ay the stamps to see how they look.
If the measurements do not work out right you will have a chance to better space them before it is too late. This also allows you to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into so that when the time comes you will be able to create your stamped flooring much quicker.
You have to make sure you get all the stamps in while the concrete is wet so being able to do it quickly and efficiently just means you’ll be able to do it in one shot instead of having to repeat the job in order to finish it.
Slump actually refers to the ratio of water to the materials you are using. The slump determines how wet your concrete is going to be. You want your stamped concrete floors to be even so you need the concrete to be soft.
Soft concrete means that you will be able to press the stamp in easily, but that the concrete will be set enough to ensure the design stays in the concrete as it hardens. See Mixing your own concrete.
Concrete that is too wet needs to be left alone so that the water can dry up some before you start the stamping process. Make sure you are watching the concrete though if it is too wet because you don’t want to give it a chance to dry too much. If this happens it will be even more useless than when it’s too wet. If it is too hard, but not dry, you can still stamp it though you will have a harder time maintaining equal depth for each stamp.
If you are new to stamping concrete floors you will want to make the concrete wetter. It will be easier for you to wait for it to dry some rather than fighting with it if it’s too dry. Unfortunately, dryer concrete is going to be a bigger problem for a novice. Wetter concrete means it will take a little bit longer, but in the end, it will allow for better and easier results for you.
Stamped Concrete Maintenance
Maintaining your stamped concrete floors is a snap. It’s just a matter of resealing the concrete on a regular basis. If this is done your concrete flooring should last for years. You should only have to reseal every other year. Make sure to give the flooring a general cleaning on a regular basis to ensure it is looking good.
Make sure stains like oil or grease are not wiped up, but rather they are absorbed using kitty litter or another similar substance. Oil and dirt stains will damage your concrete if they are left there long enough so make sure to keep things clean. As long as you maintain your concrete with regular resealing and cleanings you can expect your concrete to have a long and happy life.