Stamped Concrete Flooring in The Woodlands Texas

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Stamped Concrete Flooring

Stamp Out That Gray With A New Concrete Way

So, you have just moved to one of America’s new master-plan communities, The Texas Woodlands, and there is just one part of the property that needs a makeover. The second garage. Well, okay, so it doesn’t actually need remodeling as such – it’s just that you have always wanted that Games Room, and now’s your chance. You have the all clear from the boss (the wife), as long as you make space for her beloved dartboard. A fair deal – seeing as you have just bought a lovely new pool table.

But the concrete floor is in a terrible state; it is pitted, rutted, and hopeless for the blue baize that demands the perfect level-playing surface. The only option is a new screed of concrete. But hold on, turn off that cement mixer, and pause a while. Why simply lay just another layer of sand, and cement, when you can do something else? Something more creative.

That something else is called Stamped Concrete, which is basically recreating, or mimicking the appearance of other forms of flooring by adding pattern to the concrete as it is laid.

Stamped Concrete Flooring
The great appeal of this is that it becomes a very inexpensive way of producing a similar look to that of brick, slate, wood, or flagstone than actually using those materials that cost considerably more. But why imitate traditional building materials when you can come up with your own unique design? Why not let your creativity take hold, and give your new games room that added X Factor by coming up with your very own personalized concreted floor pattern (maybe the emblem of your favorite baseball team?) And if you were to do it yourself as part of a home remodel, then you could well save yourself a decent amount of money, if you know what you are doing of course. Just think about it: saving money and being creative. What could be more enticing?

Obviously there are procedures in stamping concrete that are different to just laying concrete normally, and they are: Base Color, Accent Color, and Patterning. The base color is the principal color that should be chosen to reflect the surrounding building, or features of the area you are seeking to concrete. This color is simply added to the concrete when mixed. The accent color is added after the base color, and gives your concrete texture, and a subtle hue of other building materials, such as grout.

Then comes the fun part: the “stamping”. This is done these days by way of special polyurethane stamps, but traditional methods can still be deployed, such as the “cookie cutter” which was made of metal. However, these older stamping techniques lack the subtlety to achieve more intricate patterns of today’s market, hence the use of plastic.

Having said that, if you were going to do it yourself, and are looking to create something more unique, and personal, then by all means use whatever implement you like to form the pattern. The only thing to bear in mind is you will need to keep the stamp relatively clean for each impression, so it may be wise to experiment with some small patches to test the suitability of your self-styled stamping gizmo.

Concrete stamping has been around for 50 years or so, and like concrete staining, opens up the potential to be creative, and artistic with the very basest of materials when contemplating a remodel of your home. Your Woodlands property is 30 years old, so why not bring it up to date with some new ideas on a half-century old technique?