Best Stamped Concrete Patio Tips

There is a lot of information out there on a Stamped Concrete Patio.  It’s important to add these tips to your belt to create an even better-stamped concrete finished look.  

Carry your truck with a textured roller

If the slab starts to get ahead of you, it can often be rescued by rolling the whole surface ahead of the stamp crew with a textured roller. This is a fast and easy way to obtain texture. Let’s face it, no matter how hard the slab is, the joint lines left by pattern stamps are almost always visible, but often no texture. Generally the slab will be suitable if the rolled surface is already there before the lines are marked.

Concrete pattern boots- 

Texture shoes make it possible for the team to begin stamping as soon as possible. The stamping was done without a manipulator in this image. Texture shoes allow a crew to start stamping on a slab as soon as possible. 

Wear shoes with shine

A great tool that helps a pair of surface shoes to get out on the slab faster. Butterfield Color makes the best boots. They slide effortlessly across a pair of work boots and are protected by friction— no belts or buckles to treat — and are like a pair of oversized sandals. The rigid molded bottoms, several inches wider than the foot of a person, serve as a pair of snowshoes. We spread the wearers ‘ weight over a larger area, enabling them to walk without falling in on soft concrete. The molded shoe bottoms show the same textures found in many stamping pads, so they don’t leave a telltale tread mark if employees accidentally step off a stamp and on the pavement.

Rubber shoes are particularly effective when rubber skins are sealed. Skins are so thin and elastic that by stamping too early it is possible to get bird baths. Tile shoes mitigate this problem and allow one without making bird baths to get all the tile.

Always Start in the Middle

Two people start stamping in opposite directions from the center line of the pour. This removes the common problem of drastically different texture at opposite ends of the slab (as is often the case when concrete is set up too fast). There is often a good texture where the stamping starts, but almost none on the far end of the slab where the concrete gets tough.

This unorthodox starting in the middle procedure requires contractors to have more stamps than normal, but it is a great way to get consistent texture throughout a slab. On slabs, which will be expanded with more stamped concrete on a later pour, it is particularly beneficial.

Use the release of liquid stamps

It often appears that a specific stamp has been tamped in when stamping with the powdered antiquing launch. Nevertheless, contractors often found the stamped impression when washing the surface the next day was only in the launch, not the concrete. By then, stamping some surface is too late and they get a darker, warmer spot surrounded until better-textured areas.

Try using a clear liquid release (often called bubblegum due to its smell) to eliminate this. Stampers can see exactly what texture has been achieved with clear liquid release. Furthermore, clear liquid is a much cleaner product without unhealthy airborne dust.

The issue with this brand is that a new, antiquating color does not give the added benefit. This problem is solved by many contractors by adding some powdered antiquing release to liquid release and using this mixture after stamping to antique the slab. This is not a good practice, as there is no antiquating color in the paste. It’s just lying on top of the sealer’s plate. If the sealer flakes or wears away, the antique color also leaves behind a blotchy surface.

Using something like Butterfield Color’s Perma-Tique, a pigmented powder you blend with steam, is a far better way to antique after using liquid release. Apply it on a dampened surface the day after stamping, where it puddles in low texture areas and in the stamped joints.

The pigment flows off the high spots and colors only the low areas because it is applied to dampened concrete. It provides a clear contrast between the antique color of the concrete and the base color. When dry, Perma-Tique forms a tenacious bond with the ground that, even on abandoned, unsealed concrete, can withstand years of weathering.

While stamping with theses tips Stamped Concrete Patio can yield a much better texture. At first, you may be reluctant to try some of these tips, but trust me they will make stamped concrete to the next level.  If you need any assistance, get ahold of the best concrete company out there, Charlotte Stamped Concrete.  Good luck with your next stamped concrete adventure!