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Pattern Imprinted Concrete Prices - Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveway with Aco across driveway entrance
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveway with Aco across Driveway Entrance
Old Brick Basket Weave Stamped Concrete
Old Brick Basket Weave Stamped Concrete Driveway
Stamped Concrete Prices - Lakeland Cobble Stamped Concrete Driveway with Half Moon Step
Lakeland Cobble Stamped Concrete Driveway with Half Moon Step

Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete, perhaps better known in the UK as Pattern Imprinted Concrete, aims to reproduce the effect of natural paving products such as stone, cobbles, granite setts, slate, brick and timber boards.  This is achieved by adding coloured pigments to the concrete surface and pressing printing mats into it before it fully sets, to create a textured pattern.

Stamped Concrete gets its name because installers stamp on the printing mats to force them into the concrete to create the textured effect of natural paving.

Installing stamped concrete requires experience and good judgement to ensure that a realistic representation of natural paving is achieved and that the driveway or patio area is durable enough to last a long time.

Pattern Imprinted Concrete Patio with Seating Area
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Patio with Seating Area

Stamped Concrete Colours and Patterns

Stamped concrete is created by colouring the surface of the concrete with colour surface hardener (a solid colour pigment), adding antique release agent (to create a more realistic appearance) and using printing mats to shape the surface to match natural paving.  There are around 25 different colours for colour surface hardener, 10 for antique release agent and 24 different patterns which suggests thousands of different combinations for stamped concrete.

However, because stamped concrete is attempting to reproduce the appearance of natural paving products it makes sense to match the colours to a pattern which exists in nature.  Consequently the most common combinations are blended greys with a slate or granite pattern and shades of brown and orange with a brick or sandstone pattern.

Ashlar Slate Pattern Imprinted Concrete Concrete
Ashlar Slate
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Concrete - California Weave
California Weave
Country Cobblestone Pattern Imprinted Concrete
Country Cobblestone
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Prices - Deep Joint Slate Cobblestone
Deep Joint Slate Cobblestone
European Fan in Pattern Imprinted Concrete
European Fan
Grand Ashlar Slate Pattern Imprinted Concrete
Grand Ashlar Slate
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Hardwood Floor
Hardwood Floor
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Large Ashlar Slate
Large Ashlar Slate
Large Random Stone Pattern Imprinted Concrete
Large Random Stone
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Prices - London Cobblestone
London Cobblestone
New Brick Basket Weave Pattern Imprinted Concrete Prices
New Brick Basket Weave
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Prices - New Brick Herringbone
New Brick Herringbone
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Prices - Old Brick Basketweave
Old Brick Basketweave
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Prices - Old English Cobblestone
Old English Cobblestone
Pattern Imprinted Concrete in Pacific Boardwalk
Pacific Boardwalk
Random Ashlar Stone Pattern Imprinted Concrete
Random Ashlar Stone
Royal Ashlar Slate in Pattern Imprinted Concrete
Royal Ashlar Slate
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Sidewalk Stone
Sidewalk Stone
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Prices - Slate Circle
Slate Circle
Small Random Stone in Pattern Imprinted Concrete
Small Random Stone
Split Rubble Stone Pattern Imprinted Concrete
Split Rubble Stone
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveway in Standard Ashlar Stone
Standard Ashlar Stone
Standard Random Stone in Pattern Imprinted Concrete
Standard Random Stone
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Prices - York Stone
York Stone
Installing Stamped Concrete

Installing stamped concrete requires experience, technical skill and an artist’s eye to produce a concrete driveway or patio which reasonably resembles natural paving.  It is also very labour intensive due to the ground excavation and concrete installation, however, it can be summarised in the following steps:

  • Excavate the site to a depth of 200 mm or deeper is the ground is soft.
  • Compact 100 mm of Type 1 MOT to the area.
  • Install the required gullies, drainage channels and soakaways to comply with Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems legislation.
  • Fix shuttering or formwork into place to create the shape of the proposed driveway or patio.
  • Install 100 mm of fibrous concrete to the appropriate formulation.
  • Level the concrete with a magnesium float.
Excavation of a Domestic Driveway for Pattern Imprinted Concrete
Excavation of a Domestic Driveway
Excavated site with flexible formwork for the installation of stamped concrete
Excavated Site with Flexible Formwork
Levelling Stamped Concrete with a Screeding Tool
Levelling Concrete with a Screeding Tool
  • Scatter colour surface hardener onto the concrete surface until all of the surface water is absorbed and a consistent colour is achieved.
  • Press the colour surface hardener powder into the concrete surface with a large blue steel trowel to smooth and close the surface.
  • Scatter antique release agent powder onto the concrete with a soft brush.
Scattering Coloured Surface Hardener across the Concrete Surface for Pattern Imprinted Concrete Installation
Scattering Coloured Surface Hardener across the Concrete Surface
Trowelling Colour Surface Hardener into the Concrete Surface
Trowelling Colour Surface Hardener into the Concrete Surface
Applying Antique Release Agent to Concrete Surface for Stamped Concrete
Applying Antique Release Agent to Concrete Surface
  • Press printing mats into the concrete surface to form the required pattern.
  • Once the concrete has hardened, crack control joints can be cut into the concrete to help avoid random cracking later.
  • Wash the concrete down with a power wash, remove excess antique release agent with a mild acid wash then power wash again to remove the acid.
  • Seal the concrete surface with solvent-based microporous acrylic sealant.
  • Seal the contraction joints with a bead of silicone sealant.
  • Check that all manhole covers can be lifted and are not stuck down with concrete.
Forming the Pattern Imprinted Concrete with Printing Mats
Forming the Pattern with Printing Mats
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Prior to Washing off and Sealing
Pattern Imprinted Concrete Prior to Washing off and Sealing
Freshly Sealed Stamped Concrete
Freshly Sealed Stamped Concrete
Advantages and Disadvantages of Stamped Concrete

Although stamped concrete attempts to replicate natural paving, it must be remembered that it is only an interpretation; if you really want the appearance of natural stone, install natural stone.

Also, most of the potential problems with modern good quality paving products are due to installer incompetence.  This is certainly true of stamped concrete; only more so.

  • Stamped concrete provides the appearance of natural paving products at a fraction of the cost.
  • Installing stamped concrete is much quicker than installing cobbles or setts.
  • There are thousands of colour and pattern combinations available with stamped concrete.
  • Stamped concrete does not allow weed growth through it like some other paving products.
  • Stamped concrete is relatively maintenance free, other than resealing it every three to five years
Stamped Concrete Patio
Stamped Concrete Patio
  • Because stamped concrete is a solid product it is virtually impossible to repair damaged sections invisibly.
  • All concrete has the capacity to crack over time and although crack control joints can drastically reduce this, you may not like the appearance of a straight line cut across what is supposed to look like natural paving. In essence, the cuts are a permanent reminder that it is concrete.
  • Failure to cut crack control joints either at all, or in the wrong places will inevitably lead to cracking of the concrete surface.
  • Insufficient colour surface hardener can result in a patchy appearance. In fact failing to apply colour surface hardener, antique release agent or sealant can all result in a poorly finished stamped concrete driveway or patio.
  • Underground pipes and cables cannot be easily accessed once stamped concrete is installed.
Crack Repair on Pattern Imprinted Concrete Concrete
Crack Repair on Pattern Imprinted Concrete

Stamped concrete must be sealed with acrylic sealant soon after it is installed to protect the surface of the concrete from wear.  However, because the thin layer of hardened sealant takes the brunt of traffic it will eventually wear thin and need to be replaced.

Before resealing stamped concrete the surface must be thoroughly cleaned, all traces of the original sealant removed and it should be allowed to dry completely.

New acrylic sealant is normally sprayed onto the stamped concrete surface in several thin layers with each one being allowed to dry before the next is applied.

Cleaning and Sealing Stamped Concrete - Before and After
Cleaning and Sealing Stamped Concrete - Before and After

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