With the popularity of Pinterest, Houzz, and other platforms that offer the online community interior and exterior home improvement tips, tricks, and architecture and design ideas, stamped concrete has been a top design trend that has been on the rise for years — and doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. But, while stamped concrete has made the cut on multiple dream boards, there is a lot of information the Baltimore community may not know about stamped concrete, which is why in today’s blog we are going to dive into some interesting facts about stamped concrete that you might not know.
Stamped Concrete Has Been Around Since 1950
While stamped concrete is seemingly a “new” trend with recent advances in stamped concrete technology, stamped concrete was actually invented back in 1950 by Brad Bowman, a contractor who developed both the tools and the process for stamping patterns into concrete. The original concrete stamps were made of wood, sheet metal, and then cast aluminum platforms, and there were few choices to choose from in terms of design and color. Today, however, most concrete stamps are made of polyurethane and the different patterns, colors, and textures are practically limitless.
The Patterns, Colors, And Textures Are Endless
If you are one who loves having a variety of options to choose from, stamped concrete is the perfect choice for revamping your patio, driveway, pool deck, porch, sidewalk, or floor. With today’s advancements in patterns, you can transform your concrete into virtually any pattern of your choice. Not only will the pattern resemble the real material, but the texture will feel the same as well. As for color, your choices are unlimited.
There Is More To Stamped Concrete Than Just The Surface
While stamped concrete is often one’s favorable decorative concrete choice since it’s so versatile, not to mention low maintenance, there is more to stamped concrete than its high-end aesthetics. You can have the most beautiful looking stamped concrete in Baltimore, but your stamped concrete is only as good as the ground below it. That being said, it’s absolutely essential to prepare the subgrade, as a poorly prepared subgrade may result in your concrete cracking or sinking.
It Lasts Longer Than Standard Concrete
While you may think, concrete is concrete, stamped concrete can actually be more durable than standard concrete, particularly if a color hardener is applied, and thus, less prone to cracks than standard concrete. And as an added bonus, when stamped concrete loses its luster, you can easily restore it to its original look by applying a fresh sealant.
You Should Leave Stamped Concrete Projects To The Professionals
While there are many articles and resources online that walk you through how to complete your own stamped concrete project, unless you are a concrete master, we highly advise you to leave your stamped concrete jobs to the professionals. Stamped concrete is a project that looks a lot easier to do than it actually is. Don’t get yourself in too deep, hire Marrocco’s stamped concrete, Baltimore’s Top Rated Local® stamped concrete professionals with extensive inventory of tools, knowledge of the process, and talent to transform your space. Contact us today for a free consultation!