A stamped and stained concrete with paver boarders.We talk a lot about stamped concrete in these blogs, but have you ever stopped to think about what exactly makes stamped concrete different from other concrete procedures? When professionals attend the World of Concrete convention every year, how are they sure they’re all using the same definition.

Stamped concrete, also called decorative concrete, has three distinct differences that make it unique from traditional concrete pouring.

Base Color

The base color determines the main color that you’ll want your concrete to be. It can be added during the mixing process in the concrete truck or mixer. We can also use the cast-on method, where the color is added to the top layer of the recently poured concrete and then float the powder into the top layer.

Accent Color

The accent color is what gives the concrete that appearance you’re going for, most often flagstone. The accent color can be a powder or a liquid, and can be applied very randomly or only onto certain stones. The accent color also prevents the stamps from sticking to the wet concrete. Wait, did we say stamps?

Stamps!

decorative-concrete-2You knew this was coming! What makes stamped concrete truly unique is the use of stamps to create patterns that make it resemble stone, tile, brick, or any other material that we discussed in our previous blog. The stamps are most often made from polyurethane, a rubbery material that can form patterns in the wet concrete.

When you hear “stamped concrete,” you’ll have a much better idea of exactly what people are talking about. Ready to make your concrete driveway or patio look amazing. Contact Marrocco’s Stamped Concrete today.