Concrete has for many years been a popular material for the construction industry. It has been trusted for its strength and durability that it offers. Many may think of concrete as a plain solid grey material. Stamped concrete offers all the strength and durability of concrete but with an added design element. Stamps and colors are placed onto the concrete to create the texture and effect of other materials such as wood, tile, flagstone, or even a bespoke design unique to the homeowner. Whether you want to incorporate brick to your patio or flagstone to your driveway, Cedar Rapids Concrete Pros are your experts in concrete.
What is stamped concrete?
Stamped concrete is concrete that is textured and sometimes dyed to give the illusion of different patterns. The concrete is stamped during the curing stage, to resemble brick, slate, stone, wood, and even unique and bespoke designs. Stamped concrete provides a cheaper and more durable alternative to the original materials. Whether you want to transform your patio or porch or perhaps the inside of your home with this unique design element, Cedar Rapid Concrete Pros contractors have the tools, knowledge, and equipment to provide quality installations.
Why choose stamped concrete
Stamped concrete can provide a variety of benefits to home or business owners. The surface of stamped concrete resembles other high-maintenance materials but requires very little maintenance to keep it in good condition. Once the protective seal has been added, it is durable and requires minimal maintenance. The variety of designs, hues, and shapes that stamped concrete can mimic makes it an extremely versatile product. Stamped concrete can easily be added to any living or business space and work within the building’s design and aesthetic. Possibly the largest reason that stamped concrete has grown in popularity is due to the durability of it as a material. Concrete can provide a unique aesthetic design with the strength and durability of concrete as a material.
Stamped concrete maintenance and lifespan
The maintenance of stamped concrete is no different from that of ordinary concrete. Once the sealer has been applied, your concrete floor is protected, and will little maintenance will look as good as the day that it was installed. When you clean your stamped concrete flooring, you will need a gentle cleaner and mild detergent to release any trapped dirt that may be stuck. A new seal will need to be applied every 18 to 24 months to ensure the protection of your flooring. A damaged seal will allow for water and other harmful components to penetrate the concrete and cause damage. With this maintenance, your stamped flooring will provide 25 years of quality flooring before a replacement will need to be considered.
Versatility and affordability
When you consider the installation and material costs, along with the monthly maintenance and lifespan, materials such as wood, flagstone, or brick can become costly. Concrete is not only one of the strongest and most durable materials but it is one of the most affordable when you take into consideration the maintenance that is needed. With stamps and colors, your concrete flooring is versatile and can flow with the aesthetic of your home regardless of the design you are looking for.