Stamped Concrete Patio
Stamped Concrete Patio with texture and to add a little pizazz to it we saw cut the concrete into 4 foot squares.
Stamped Concrete Patio or Textured Concrete are two of your choices.
There are hundreds of Stamped Concrete to chose from. The texture in this Stamped Concrete Patio photo is slate. The texture mat is a large piece of polyurethane. The mats come in various sizes so we can chose the size for the application. We used integral color on this job. Integral is installed in the concrete truck and mixed throughout all of the concrete.
The texturing has to be timed just right in order to insure a properly installed job. In other words the slab or Stamped Concrete Patio has to be hard enough to walk on without sinking into the concrete. When the Stamped Concrete Patio gets to the point where we can texture it we apply a product called release. Release comes in two forms: liquid and powder. Powered release is colored, liquid release is clear. Why do we use release?
Release does a couple of things. First and foremost release allows us to stamp or texture concrete without the concrete sticking to the stamps. Think of the release as a flour while making pastry. When mom or grandma makes their pies they use flour on the pastry so the roller does not stick to the dough.
Powdered release also gives the Stamped Concrete Patio a secondary color. When you decide what color to make your Stamped Concrete Patio, keep in mind you will also be choosing a secondary or complimentary color release. The release gives you color in the depressed areas that the stamp or texture creates. It also will change the hue of your integral color. Each Stamped Concrete Patio project is unique in color and texture. They never turn out the same.
The saw cutting for this project does two things. They give the patio a decoration and also control cracking. We strategically cut some deeper then others and the cuts in between the deep cuts are more shallow.
I hope this helps you to understand Stamped Concrete Patio techniques.
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