Stamped Concrete Denver
Complete stamped concrete patio completed by Denver Concrete July 2016 for project details and all images of this project click here
Stamped concrete Denver or decorative concrete is colored concrete that is textured and imprinted. The concrete is textured to replicate hardscapes like flagstone, wood, slate and brick. It is a more affordable option than using hardscapes or pavers in most cases and proves to be more durable in most cases. Stamped concrete offers a very high-end finish that requires less maintenance than actual pavers, wood or stone. Stamped and colored concrete simply needs to be cleaned and sealed on a regular basis.
When finished correctly, stamped concrete features such as a patio, walkway or borders can give a home or building that high-end curb appeal. With all of the colors, texture and finish that is available there are literally thousands of combinations to creating a very distinguished look.
Stamped concrete patios and walkways require less maintenance and upkeep than similar looking hardscapes. A wooden patio requires constant maintenance, cleaning and treating the deck. A brick or stone patio requires ongoing maintenance and simply is not as durable as a stamped concrete finish. Stamped concrete typically costs much less than installing natural or organic products such as lower-end pavers or hardscapes.
As for look and appeal, many prospective home owners desire stamped concrete patios and walkways over other materials. The maintenance and upkeep with stamped concrete is simply much lower and the look is completely amazing!
(Above, same stamped concrete patio as seen above top right. In this picture the concrete has just been stamped and hardener has been applied. It will set like this for two days.)
Although there are several steps to installing stamped and colored concrete properly, the basic installation is the same as traditional concrete. The real work for finishing stamped concrete is the stamping and finishing that happens once the concrete has set to the proper consistency. Once the concrete is about to "set" than it is ready to be stamped. The finishers will be applying a hardener and start applying the stamp and tamping it into the surface of the concrete. It is important that the stamp is applied correctly. This is so as to not overlap during the application process and to continue the pattern in a uniform fashion throughout the project. Overlapping the pattern will create unwanted ridges and impressions in the surface.
Denver Concrete Inc. takes a great deal of time in documenting each of our projects. We are proud, we want to showcase our work online. We do this for several reasons. The more that we document for potential customers the more ideas we are able to illustrate. Most importantly, you can view our completed work. When you are selecting a contractor for stamped concrete it is critical that you request references and a portfolio of past projects.