How to Use Concrete Texture Mats
You’ll find a concrete texture mat a useful item if you plan to stamp your concrete. The mat consists of a large, flat piece of rubber with a patterned surface. You impress the mat onto freshly poured concrete before it cures completely. It is possible to create various patterns and styles with the help of texture mats. This leaves a decorative effect which enhances the beauty of your home. Smaller areas usually require two to three mats while larger areas require several mats to create texture. Be sure to undertake your project when there is no chance of rain for a few days.
Step 1 – Apply Release Agent onto Concrete
The concrete should be partially wet when you start. Dip a finger slightly into the concrete, if the indentation remains, it is safe to proceed. The release agent is usually in powder form. Sprinkle the powder evenly over the concrete. Avoid clumps of powder as this will hamper proper imprints when you attach the texture mats. In most cases, 3 ½ pounds is required for every 100 square feet of concrete. Be sure to apply the agent over the entire surface. The release agent ensures that the mat doesn’t cling onto the freshly poured concrete.
Step 2 – Place Concrete Texture Mats
Identify the starting point of your project. Carefully place a mat onto the concrete. Press the mat firmly all around the edges for proper adherence. Attach the second mat next to the first, followed by the third mat. Be sure to place the mats right next to each other to eliminate gaps.
Step 3 – Tamping
Apply even pressure over the mats with a tamping tool. This ensures that all areas of the mat are imprinted onto the concrete underneath. Avoid excessive force as it will ruin the design.
Step 4 – Stamp the Entire Surface
Go back to the first texture mat you attached. Carefully lift the mat off the concrete. Place the mat next to the 3rd mat attached. Press the mat firmly onto the concrete. Lift off the 2nd mat and place next to the most recently attached mat, followed by the 3rd mat. Proceed to tamp all 3 mats. Work as outlined in Steps 2 to 4 until you’ve stamped the entire surface.
Step 5 – Hose down the Concrete
Wait 24 hours for the concrete to set partially. Use a garden hose with a spray attachment to clear much of the release agent from the concrete. Allow the concrete to cure completely before you apply a sealer.
Step 6 – Apply Concrete Sealant
Use a sponge roller to apply a clear concrete sealer over the entire surface. Strive to apply a light, even coat. Wait for the first coat to dry completely before you apply another two coats. It is best to apply sealer every 2 to 3 years. This helps to maintain the integrity of your concrete. It also gives it higher protection against the elements.
- Concrete cures quickly. You may want to ask 3 or 4 people to help you, especially if your project area is large. This will enable you to work more efficiently.