Installing decorative stamped concrete is difficult. You can handle putting and pouring the concrete yourself with very little problems, but if you do not get the right imprinting procedure just right, you will be left with an unprofessional, costly slab which is difficult to repair and very hard to install. It is very important to get this correct the first time, or else the impression will not last long. If you do not know what to look for to ensure a good result, then let me suggest a trip to your local home improvement store. This type of concrete stamping comes in two basic styles: brush and stroke.
The brush style is probably the easiest to work with, and there are many people who prefer this style. All you need to do is take out the concrete stamp and clean the surface with a soft bristled brush. Once you have accomplished this task, you are ready to place the decorative concrete into the mold of your choice. For pool decks and walkways, I recommend using the stroke pattern which gives better definition and allows for more detailed sculpting later.
For any other type of stamped concrete installation, such as fence posts, you should use the stroke pattern for the best results. After you have carefully positioned all of your stamps, let them dry for the best effect, and you are ready to start working. When in doubt, place one stamp over a section of your concrete before starting the entire project, which will prevent the other portions from peaking through. With any luck, you will have a gorgeous decorative stamped concrete surface when you are done!
Northeast Decorative Concrete, LLC
8 Chenell Dr
Concord, NH 03301