Stamped concrete is concrete that is patterned and/or textured or embossed to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile, and various other patterns and textures. Stamped concrete is commonly used for patios, sidewalks, driveways, pool decks, and interior flooring. The ability of stamped concrete to resemble other building materials makes stamped concrete a less expensive alternative to using those other authentic materials such as stone, slate or brick. Concrete stamping is the procedure which uses the concrete stamps to make a pattern in the stamped concrete. Once the integral colored concrete is placed , leveled and floated, another color is broadcasted across the slab. This is called a release agent/antiquing. Concrete stamps are placed on the concrete after the color release agent has been applied. The concrete stamps are pushed into the concrete and then removed to leave the pattern in the stamped concrete.
Stamping concrete increased in popularity in the 1970s when it was first introduced. When stamping concrete first began, there were very few choices of design and colors. However, as the industry grew more stamping patterns were being created along with many different types of stains to give us the colors we have today. Another advantage to using stamped concrete, is that it can be applied to many different surfaces and textures such as driveways, patios, pool decks, and even floors inside the home.