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Concrete Stamping and Stencilling Rockhampton

Concrete doesn’t have to be a ribbon of grey. You can be more creative and inventive than that with the ability to add a stamp or stencil to your concrete finish.

Decorative concrete adds that bit of aesthetic appeal to what could otherwise be boring grey. You can make a driveway, patio or footpath look like it was made by real pavers, stones or bricks … without the great expense of actually buying that material and having it laid by professionals.

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So, which is the best option for you? Well, that depends on the particular look and feel you are going for, as well as what role the concrete provides for your property.

But it is probably best we explain a bit about the differences between Concrete Stamping and Concrete Stencilling.

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So, what is Concrete Stencilling?

Concrete Stencilling uses a stencil roll out to create a pattern in your concrete surface. Once concrete has been poured, and the slab has been screed, floated and edged as per normal, the process of stencilling can begin before the concrete hardens:

–         A lightweight stencil is rolled over the concrete, almost like rolling out wallpaper on a wall.

–         These concrete stencils are then plastered into the surface of the setting concrete using a stencil roller.

–         Once the stencils are all rolled into place, Colour Hardener is sprinkled onto the surface. Colour Hardener uses a blend of pigment, cement and very fine aggregate to create a strong, dense layer on top of the concrete. This provides the tint of the new concrete, and multiple coloured Colour Hardeners can be used.

–         A decorative roller can be used to apply an interesting decorative finish that mimics the roughened texture of various material. Some finishes don’t require textures; in this case, contractors will smooth out imperfections, rather than try and create rough textures.

–         The stencil is removed, and the patterned concrete makes its debut.

    So, what is Concrete Stencilling?

    Concrete Stencilling uses a stencil roll out to create a pattern in your concrete surface. Once concrete has been poured, and the slab has been screed, floated and edged as per normal, the process of stencilling can begin before the concrete hardens:

    –         A lightweight stencil is rolled over the concrete, almost like rolling out wallpaper on a wall.

    –         These concrete stencils are then plastered into the surface of the setting concrete using a stencil roller.

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    Now, what is Concrete Stamping?

    Concrete Stamping is a more difficult process than Concrete Stencilling, and really requires the experience that our concrete stamping experts have. Stamping is a complicated process that must be done during the perfect window when the concrete is firm enough that it will hold the weight of contractors (who must walk on the concrete stamps to leave an imprint) and not too firm that the stamps don’t cause an imprint. The basic process is as follows:

    –         Our contractors will apply a colour hardener. This will usually be a couple of coats.

    –         Following this, they will apply a release agent, which not only ensures that concrete doesn’t stick to the stamps, but also provides an interesting but subtle colour contrast.

    The stamps (large polyurethane forms) are placed on the concrete surface. The stamps provide the pattern that will be imprinted into the concrete itself. It is imperative that the first line of stamps are straight, as every following line of stamps will align with the first line. Our contractors are expert at ensuring this is the case.

    –         The imprint of the stamp comes from the weight of the contractors (with perhaps a little helping hand from light tamping). The process of stamping continues along the full length of the concrete, but must occur while the concrete is still in that narrow window of being firm enough to hold the contractors’ weight and not so firm that it can’t be imprinted.

    –         When a stamp is removed, our contractors will perform some touch up work on the concrete joins to fix any faults.

    –         Once the concrete stamping has been done, (usually 12 to 24 hours afterwards) the concrete will be washed, cured, and control joints cut into the slab. These control joints provide stress relief to the concrete slab and helps prevent random cracking.

    –         Following this, the concrete is sealed.

    Now, that you have some idea of what concrete stamping and stencilling entails, which should you choose?

    Stamped concrete is usually best for outdoor surfaces like driveways and footpaths, while stencilled concrete might be more preferrable for indoor surfaces, and outdoor surfaces that are more stable, like patios that support furniture.

    But the decision is entirely up to you. However, if you want to learn more, or need help with your decision, feel free to call us on the phone number provided, or enter your details in the contact form.

    And, of course, if you want to get started with your stamped or stencilled concrete job, you can do the same thing; call us, or put your details in the contact form. Our staff are waiting to work with you.

      Now, what is Concrete Stamping?

      Concrete Stamping is a more difficult process than Concrete Stencilling, and really requires the experience that our concrete stamping experts have. Stamping is a complicated process that must be done during the perfect window when the concrete is firm enough that it will hold the weight of contractors (who must walk on the concrete stamps to leave an imprint) and not too firm that the stamps don’t cause an imprint. The basic process is as follows:

      –         Our contractors will apply a colour hardener. This will usually be a couple of coats.

      –         Following this, they will apply a release agent, which not only ensures that concrete doesn’t stick to the stamps, but also provides an interesting but subtle colour contrast.