Did you know that even the ancient Romans used concrete in their construction? They valued it for its strength and for its ability to be molded into different forms. They formed concrete from volcanic ash and lime, which were a bit different from the materials used today, but the substance was very similar and used for similar purposes. Today, concrete contractors carry on the ancient Roman tradition, making everything from patios to counter tops from concrete. These creations last for years and require little maintenance. We think concrete is amazing, and we hope you'll share that opinion after reading the articles provided here.
Concrete provides you a durable and long-lasting surface for your property, and it increases your property's value in the long run when you take care of it. Stamped concrete is a great way to give your yard an attractive finish that looks like it has a cobblestone, brick, or herringbone pattern. Here are some recommendations to have a successful stamped concrete installation on your property.
Choose a Stamp Pattern
There are a variety of stamp patterns you can choose for your concrete finish. Look for one that is easy for you to complete on your own if you are doing the project as a DIY so you can use a stamp to complete the entire surface. Otherwise, if you are hiring a concrete professional to complete the work, they will be able to provide you with one of a selection of surface textures in addition to a pattern within the concrete.
Use Concrete Joints
The poured concrete slabs that you use for your stamped concrete surface will be susceptible to cracking due to environmental changes. For example, if the weather turns cold, the freezing temperatures can cause the concrete to contract and crack apart. And in the summer the concrete can expand and similar form cracking damage. For this reason, you will need to make sure you add control joints to the concrete.
If this is in a patio, place the control joints through the length of the patio. However, plan out the placement of the control joints so that they match the pattern of your stamp design. So, if you have a brick pattern planned for your stamping finish, apply the edge of the brick pattern so it aligns with a control joint. This will require you to measure out the placement for your control joints so you don't have a joint running through the center of a faux brick, for example.
Maintain Your New Concrete
Once your concrete has been stamped and stained or coated in a sealant, be sure you care for it to prevent damage. Stamped concrete needs time to fully cure just as regular concrete does, which can take several months. However, it is important that you protect your stamped concrete from any moisture for the first few days while it dries.
You can apply a tarp covering over your concrete surface to protect it from precipitation. If you are installing your stamped concrete professionally, they will provide you with something to cover the concrete with if there is rain in the forecast.
To learn more, contact a resource that offers custom stamped concrete installations.