Stamp concrete is a decorative and intelligent approach for exterior floor surfaces. This approach to exterior floor surfaces is very cost effective and there are lot of design options available such as surface resembling to paver, flagstone, slate, worn rock, bricks, stones, tiles or wood with various colour options. Further coating of stamp concrete can give a glossy finish for better aesthetics. The process includes preparation of sub-grade, placing of forms, providing reinforcement for stability, placing the concrete, screed and finishing the concrete, applying colour and lastly stamping the concrete using desired moulds.
Stamped concrete can make a dramatic impression, and there are many reasons why home owners are choosing this authentic material to enhance their landscapes and buildings. Along with the known durability and long lasting feature of regular concrete, stamping adds a decorative touch making it a desirable and economical product for all.
What are the benefits of Stamp Concrete?
It is durable and long lasting, which can last for decades without the requirement of renovation.
It is available in many colours and patterns.
Can be installed twice as fast as natural stones and pavers.
Can be customised with lots of design possibilities
Better resistance to traffic and moisture
Procedure of creating decorative outdoor flooring with stamp
Surface preparation: The sub-grade is important for concrete and therefore it must be well compacted due to settlement or cracks due to settlement.
Formwork placement: formwork should be clean and should be able to withstand the concrete placement.
Placement of reinforcement: Nominal reinforcement is usually placed for structural function to provide structural integrity to avoid cracks and increase impact resistance.
Apply a layer of screed for levelling and giving a proper finish to the surface.
Then apply FAIRMATE STAMPCRETE HARDENER through broadcasting on the screed when it has reached the desired surface plasticity. After the first layer of broadcasting let it absorb water from the concrete and float it using a bull floating.
Apply second layer of coloured hardener for better coverage.
Next apply FAIRMATE STAMPCRETE RELEASE AGENT to make it easily for removing the stamp without sticking to the concrete surface.
Before stamping check whether the concrete has attended the right amount of Plasticity. Stamping too early and too late can spoil the whole work and desired results will not be obtained.
The stamping: Before actual stamping, the stamp layout is diagrammed and enough workers are deployed as the window of time for stamping is generally short, especially in warm weather. Typically, the edges are pre-textured first so that when larger stamps are used later, they may not overlap the forms and get fully depressed into the concrete. The concrete is then stamped in the same sequence it was placed. Stamping alignment is checked regularly verifying the pattern to ensure desired outcome.
Once the slab has cured sufficiently, you should apply a finish coat of sealer. Most manufacturers recommend applying the sealer several weeks later, after a light surface cleaning. Be careful not to apply the sealer too heavily, which could trap moisture in the slab. One of the most effective techniques for applying sealer is to combine both spraying and rolling, especially when the stamped pattern has deep grout lines. Going back over the surface with a roller where necessary helps to distribute the sealer uniformly.
Some amazing results of stamp concrete by FAIRMATE: