Instead of a plain concrete floor, driveway, or patio, consider trying concrete stamping to liven it up. This type of project can get complicated, so plan to have a few people around to help you out. Here is a list of what you will need.
First, look at all of the available concrete stamps on the market (they come in many different patterns and sizes) and choose which ones you will need to achieve the look you want on your concrete surface. Next, draw up a plan for your concrete stamping project and figure out exactly where each stamp will go. Decide in what order you will be placing the stamps down and how you will get at any hard to reach areas. It is important to know how you will be completing this project in advance. You only have a limited amount of time to finish before the concrete gets too hard.
2. Pour Concrete
Either mix and pour your own concrete, or hire someone to come with a truck and do it for you. Make sure the concrete is smooth and the finish is even. If there are any bumps or other flaws, your concrete stamping will not come out right. Also, check to see what the weather conditions are expected to be in advance. As mentioned before, once the concrete is poured you are working against a time limit to get the job done. You cannot afford to be delayed by weather.
3. Create Guidelines
Use the stakes and twine to mark the rows of concrete stamping. That way you will have a guideline to follow so the rows won't get crooked.
4. Concrete Stamping
Now it's time to figure out how the work is going to be divided during the concrete stamping process. If you have enough people, give them each one job to do. First, have someone sprinkle the release agent to the area of concrete that will be stamped first. Then, have the next person lay down the concrete stamp and press lightly on it. With a tamping tool, press down on the stamp until all parts of the stamp are completely down in the concrete. Finally, have the person who put down the concrete stamp carefully pick it back up. Do not apply pressure while doing so as it will mar the design. Keep going in this fashion until your concrete stamping project is complete. Once finished, allow the concrete enough time to set before you put the surface to use. There should be drying instructions on the bag of concrete.
- If you are pouring your own concrete and the area you are stamping is large, you should consider doing it one section at a time. You should pour the concrete in a section, stamp it, and then move on to pour concrete in another section.
- Do not use rock salt or any similar products on your concrete surface, especially if you used sealer on it. The first sign that you have a problem due to deicers is the surface will get white and hazy. After that it is only a matter of time until the sealer comes off.