They come in lots of different patterns and styles. There is normal
stamps, floppy stamps, seamless mats, touch up mats and even impression
rollers. They come in many different patterns including ashler slate,
random stone, running brick and many others. The normal stamp can
be anywhere from 1 foot to 5 feet and is usually thick enough that
it is quite hard to bend.
A floppy stamp is a bit thinner and made of a more flexible material
but has the same imprint. It is used for tough to reach areas such
as up against a wall. A seamless stamp or mat can be pressed into
the surface with no real pattern it just leaves a design with no
A concrete texture mat is usually just the design
of the stamp (without the grout lines) so you can touch up any imperfects
that you may have.
Roller stamps are seamless patterned mats
, that when rolled across
freshly layed slab (with a powdered or liquid release on it) will
leave a seamless impression.
From neighborhood children to Hollywood celebrities, stamping hands
and signing names in wet cement has been a long-standing tradition.
However, the practice of creating memorable images in building materials
isn’t limited to cement, creating concrete stamps is another
wonderful way to add intricate details to this common building material.
Concrete stamps can be used to create sidewalks, driveways, flooring,
patios, and pool decks that resemble bricks, stone, slate, gravel,
even cobblestone. The effect is amazing and many people will never
believe that your structure is composed of concrete. Since it is
becoming such a popular home decorating choice, many people are
using concrete stamps for the interiors of their homes as well.
People are using concrete stamps to create elaborate patterns for
their fireplaces, indoor flooring, countertops, indoor bar tops,
to enhance vanities and to add design and interest to walls. Once
you discover the range of looks and textures available with concrete
stamping, you'll find that you can easily enhance your home’s
décor with this trend.
One of the best advantages of using concrete stamps is that the
finished result is much more cost effective than using the materials
that the concrete resembles. Because of the incredible savings and
wonderful finished look, using concrete stamps is quickly becoming
one of the most popular home decorating finishes as it provides
an elaborately decorative finish at a faction of the cost. Using
concrete stamps is less expensive then choices such as brick laying,
stone, or paving due to the fact that the contractor simply needs
to lay the concrete foundation then apply the decorative finishing
techniques. This is unlike tiles, bricks, or stones that must be
individually laid. Another advantage is that those who are on a
limited budget can add design and detail to a small portion of their
concrete and achieve a unique look that will add value to their
Using concrete stamps is a versatile way to create the finished
look that you desire. There are a number of concrete stamps available
on the market, but it is also easy and simple to create your own
stamps as well. When concrete stamps are combined with various coloring
techniques the result is marvelous. You can use anything that has
a distinctive print on it as your stamp. Using acid stains and dyes
in accordance with your stamps enables you to create textures that
literally have the color built in. Acid stains work by creating
a chemical process that produces color. When you combine this method
with your stamp, you can create a print that looks like brick, marble,
granite, and more. You can choose to use your pattern for intricate
artistic designs and use just one or two colors, or you can create
a heavily detailed pattern with your color choices that transforms
a concrete driveway into a cobblestone or brick paved surface.
Another primary advantage of using concrete stamps is that you
can create decorative walkways, patios, driveways, sidewalks and
more that will withstand all types of climates. Due to the fact
that you are working with concrete, when your project is properly
cured and sealed, you can rest assured that it will last for many
years to come.