Stamping concrete is a type of decorative flooring process that involves imprinting or embossing a design or pattern onto concrete using concrete stamps. This is a more economical way to acquire the look of pavers and tile. There are many benefits if you choose to stamp concrete patterns rather than have individual units of pavers installed on your patio, pool deck, or driveway. Here are some of the most noteworthy advantages:
- Quick and Easy Installation
- Ease of Maintenance
- Wide Range of Designs
Stamped Concrete Designs and Patterns
There are several varieties of concrete stamp patterns available nowadays but here are the top choices for both residential and commercial application:
This is a metamorphic rock characterized by its “slaty cleavage” whereas it breaks or splits to a flat, smooth surface. This makes it an ideal material for floors, countertops, and even roofs. The same look of slate pavers can easily be replicated in concrete stamping patterns at a fraction of the cost of an actual slate installation.
Known as a type of sandstone, this sedimentary rock easily breaks into flat layers, thus, making it an ideal paving material for floors and walls. Flagstone stamped concrete resembles the natural stone so much that you can barely tell the difference.
This is one of the most common paving and wall materials used to acquire an old world sophisticated look. It can be quite expensive and installation could take time because each piece needs to be placed accurately depending on what pattern is being followed.
Concrete stamped brick design is a more affordable alternative and it comes in a variety of patterns. Some of the most popular are:
- Herringbone – a pattern of bricks that resembles the bones of a herring fish.
- Running Bond – the most common pattern for bricks, where two ends of a brick meet in the middle of the brick in the next row, and so on.
- Fan Stone – a set of bricks laid out in a series of arches
Often used in old architecture among the roads of Italy and London, cobblestones are rounded lumps of stones set on mortar to create a more convenient road for horses and carriages. Its classic look can be replicated on concrete using cobblestone stamped concrete patterns.
5. Classic Wood
Wood provides that classic, rustic look that most homeowners love. However, it can be quite tricky to use such material outdoors because of its high upkeep requirement. Fortunately, concrete can be stamped with a classic wood pattern to give the appearance of real wood and the durability of cement.