Basic Benefits of Stamped Concrete

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Stamped concrete has many benefits. It cannot be said often enough just how well this type of flooring could serve you, whether indoors or outdoors. Of course, a few people may still need some convincing. So, here are some basic benefits of stamped concrete for your consideration.

You can choose from a wide variety of appearances.

Stamped concrete’s ability to be poured, stained, and stamped into a wide variety of colors, shapes, and overall styles makes it a highly desirable material for flat surfaces. Some people do not realize the extent of concrete’s versatility. It is far from the standard concrete you see on city pavement. You can have the natural look of stone, or interlocking pavers, or make it shimmer like marble.

Smooth and stable, it is unlikely to crack and reveal weeds.

When people think of concrete, they may see images of cracked, grey surfaces like sidewalks. That is not the stamped concrete of a home. Instead, stamped concrete forms a beautiful, smooth, colorful, sturdy flooring that resists the elements. It settles flat, leaving no room for anything to push through, like weeds if your concrete is outdoors. It can handle the wind and rain. It will resist moving furniture, foot traffic, spills, and more.

It suits indoor flooring, outdoor patios, and beyond.

If you prefer hard floors in your home, stamped concrete is a very viable choice. It has all the beauty of any tile you might choose. It cleans easily, and resists all the damage that you and your family can cause. If you want an attractive patio space, stamped concrete works for that, too. It is also tough enough to be a driveway.

If you want new flooring, don’t rush to select all the more common materials. Consider the benefits of stamped concrete. Call us at Stamped Artistry today and let us show you what this durable and versatile material can do.

Uses for a Retaining Wall

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Retaining walls are, overall, meant to support the ground and keep it from eroding, and sliding down when it rains. It creates a decorative cliff for homes, and their yards that sit on slopes and hillsides. However, a retaining wall has the potential to be more than functional. It can add to your home and yard’s appeal.

Some Outdoor Glamour

A strong wall can support a lot of things. Sometimes, you can transform that wall into a seating background. Or, with some additional support, that wall can be extra seating. Create an outdoor space at the bottom of your slope that’s inviting and makes you want to redecorate, and host.

You can decorate the wall itself, too. Outdoor lights, potted plants, and a number of creative things can really give life to your retaining wall and make it an attractive part of your home’s exterior. With a stamped concrete, or stone patio at its base, you could have a very nice outdoor seating area with a wall of lights and flowers.

The materials you choose to use for your retaining wall can also add some creativity to something that is primarily functional. There are many materials you might use for your wall; as long as it is stable and strong, you can choose from any number of things like stone, stained concrete, and wood. It can be straight, or curved. It must be able to support the earth and withstand the weather.

A professional can help you build a retaining wall that suits both the land around your home and its slope, and your personal tastes. Contact us at Stamped Artistry for this service. We can help you choose your preferred style and install strong, attractive retaining walls for you anytime to control erosion and add to your home’s appeal.

A Second Dining Room with a Stamped Concrete Patio

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Well-designed stamped concrete has the ability to transform any area to which it’s applied. Stamped concrete can make a pool deck, or even a driveway glamorous. Your dining room can be both durable and stylish, ready to impress guests, as well as handle their messes. So, with all that stamped concrete can do to brighten and stylize your dining area, why not turn another area of your home into a dining-worthy space?

Transform Your Patio for Dining

As proud as you may be of your dining room indoors and how well you care for it, have you ever wished that your patio was attractive enough to entertain guests the way you do in that dining room? When the weather is mild and pleasant, many people find dining outdoors to be a nice experience. You can transform that dinner into a full-fledged patio party with lights and candles, and then take the fun and food to the fire pit for s’mores.

A stamped concrete patio is a significant step in making this happen. In terms of appearance, you can have almost any stain and pattern that you want. You can match the general outward appearance of your home, or create a new look for the space. The concrete sets the tone for anything else with which you decorate.

Stamped and stained concrete can withstand the elements, too. When the weather is not appropriate for outdoor dining, the floor will be ready when it is. It will resist wind, rain, sun, and whatever is thrown at it. All you need to do is clean it gently from time to time, and that is easy to do, too.

If you like to entertain, create another space for it. Take advantage of those beautiful days and nights; create a second dining room with a stamped concrete patio. Call us at Stamped Artistry and ask us how we can help you achieve this.

Effects of Epoxy Flake Sizes

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Epoxy flake or chip coatings are popular ways to spice up the floors of commercial showrooms, garages, and some residential work floors. You have seen them in many service areas and may wonder what, precisely, gives them their look. There is a wide variety of possibilities for epoxy flakes and flooring, which is one of the things that makes them popular. Among the details that gives them a certain appearance, flake sizes can make a significant difference.

The Basic Makeup

Epoxy flake flooring is typically made of pigmented coating that holds the colorful flakes in the first layer. Once that initial layer is dry, another is added, and that second layer may have more flakes, or may be a clear seal. The flakes are called polymer flakes, or color chips. They’re made of paint that maintains its consistency in other paints.

The flakes come in a few standard sizes that can be mixed to please the owner. While the mixes can combine for hundreds of possible variations, flake size can make a big difference. It can affect the coating texture, color contrasts, overall style, and how well the floor hides the appearance of dirt.

The smallest flake size often creates a shining look that resembles glittering quartz, or sand. Due to the miniscule size of the flakes, they are not very noticeable from some angles, and so don’t provide much color contrast. The floor sometimes has a rough feel if the topcoat is thin.

Larger flakes create more contrast, while remaining subtle. Some of the mid-sized flakes make it easier to hide dirt, debris, and scuffs, which make them better suited to some for locations where that matters. Also, larger flake sizes often create a vintage or “retro” style to the floor.

Call us at Stamped Artistry. We can tell you all you need to know about epoxy flake sizes and how they’re used. We can also show you examples of the best usage for the flakes and install your perfect floor.

Tips for Cleaning Stained Concrete

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Cleaning the floor is not most people’s favorite pastime. Some floors make it easier than others, and of the types of flooring there are to clean, stained concrete is one of the easiest. There are no fibers to catch dust and debris, or grout and crevices that make mopping well difficult, etc. Instead, you have beautiful, smooth floors that are comparatively easy to clean.

They’re Easy to Clean

That does not mean that your stained concrete floors need no maintenance. You will need to clean them well and with some care to maintain their appearance. For example, exterior stained concrete will be subject to the elements, which can cause some wear. Resealing may be necessary on a rare occasion; doing it once per year as a precaution may be a good idea. This will continue the surface protection from wear and tear.

The frequency of cleaning and resealing will depend upon the frequency, and nature of the wear and tear. For example, is the flooring outdoors near the pool? It is a patio? Or, is it indoors? If the concrete is outdoors with no shelter, you will get wind blowing dirt and debris around, as well as rain and other potentially damaging weather-related events. Indoors, however, there will only be the traffic you bring inside.

For basic cleaning, dry dust the floors; vacuums are often a little too rough on the floors. When you mop, use water, or a mild cleaner. If you need something stronger for tougher stains, try a stronger, but still gentle, soap solution, or vinegar. If the floor is no longer shiny, try waxing.

Staining takes durable concrete and turns it into a beautiful, and permanent part of your home. Whether it’s indoors or outside, your stained concrete will last with cleaning and care. Let us help you find the perfect stained concrete for your home at Stamped Artistry.

Concrete Overlay vs. Removal

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Is your driveway, patio, or other concrete area looking worn? Is it cracked, chipped, or otherwise making you think it needs to be completely redone? Consider having a professional take a look. You may not need a removal, but a concrete overlay instead.

Why the Overlay May be Better Than a Removal

As long as the underlying concrete is still stable and not crumbling, an overlay could be the best option. Overlays are just as new and attractive as a completely new driveway. You can have it stamped, or in any decorative pattern possible with concrete, without the expense of removing all the existing concrete.

Professional concrete overlays are not standard driveway concrete. They are made for strength, durability, and can be creatively altered to suit your design preferences with staining, stamping, special polymers, fibers, and other methods and ingredients. You can revitalize your driveway, patio, or other concrete surface with a custom and completely new look, and a finished product that is as functional as the first version.

A professional can take your troubled concrete area and add overlay mixes that transform plain, standard concrete into an elegant addition to your home. Even if the current concrete is not too worn, but you want something new and better, anyway, consider an overlay. You could have new colors, finishes, or a brick, or paver appearance. Find inspiration for new porches, decks, pool areas, and anywhere concrete will work. You may even find yourself inspired to renew other parts of your home to match your beautiful new concrete.

Rather than replace the area with what you already know, you could have what you really want without spending too much more, and with far less trouble than the replacement project. Consider concrete overlays. Contact us at Stamped Concrete. We’ll evaluate your old concrete and help you get the patio, driveway, or any other concrete area of your dreams.

Summertime Fun with a Backyard Fire Pit

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Do you love grilling and cooking in the backyard during the summer? Do you like to find time to roast marshmallows, and enjoy summer drinks and snacks? You could use a great grill. Or, you could invest in something to give your backyard a touch of outdoor fun: a fire pit.

A Different Side of BBQ

Nothing gives barbecued food the wood-fired flavor like a real fire. If you’re a fan of cooking outdoors, you have probably invested in a grill. However, a fire pit does more than allow you to cook with great natural flavor. It’s an investment for your home. Invest in a great cookout method, place to roast marshmallows, enjoy the summer nights with friends and family, and more. It adds a touch of the wild to your yard and barbecue.

Camping Close to Home

Sometimes, taking the kids camping just isn’t possible. However, if you have a backyard, bringing the camping trip close to home can be fun. Take your sleeping bags and tents to the yard, and light up the fire pit. Of course, you’ll always want to keep a watchful eye when it comes to fire and your children. You can give them the campfire experience right at home.

Year-Round Backyard Fun

Summer is great for a backyard fire pit. However, summers can get hot; if you’re not feeling the extra heat, the fire pit continues to be great for all seasons. Any time the weather cools enough for you, your fire pit is ready for you to light up and enjoy the season. Add a touch of warmth to cold nights so not only can you continue to cook out any time of the year, your friends and family can enjoy the extra warmth, too.

Add a touch of outdoor fun to your yard this summer. Contact us at Stamped Artistry about a backyard fire pit.

Enjoy a Concrete Front Porch

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Front porches can be the favorite spot of a home. When the weather is mild, a lovely front porch is a great place to sit and do almost anything. Even when the weather is not mild, a hot day can call for a cold drink and fan on the front porch, or a hot drink and blankets if it’s cold. Make your porch a place you want to be and consider using concrete. 

The Wooden Look

A wooden porch is a beautiful thing. However, it’s hard to maintain in the outdoors with all of the weather changes. You can still have that appearance, even with concrete. The concrete can be wood-stamped. It is stained to have natural colors resembling those of wood. Whether black or brown-toned, it can match your home and give it a classic look.

Stamped and Stained Concrete

In fact, concrete can be stamped to have a multitude of potential appearances. Want a stone porch without the expense? Try stamped concrete; you can have the color and texture of any stone you want—grey, red, black, and more. You can have modern geometric shapes, or the entire porch can be a single color and texture. You can have the concrete smoothed, stained to your liking, with a shining finish.

Concrete has great potential. It’s durable. It can withstand the changing weather over the years, and needs little more than sweeping and gentle washing to keep it clean. And, it can be almost anything you want it to be. That means you can spend your mornings, afternoons, evenings, and anytime in between lounging on your dream porch.

Enjoy a new concrete front porch. Talk to us at Stamped Artistry about what sort of look you want your porch to have and let us help make your dream of enjoying the space a reality.

Choosing a Deck for Your New Pool

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As summer begins, many people have time at the pool on their minds. In some places, pools are already open and ready for swimmers and sunbathers. If you’re a homeowner and love fun in the sun, you might be ready to invest in an inground pool, or in the midst of planning one. Among the decisions you’ll have to make is what material to use for your pool deck and surrounding area.

You want the area around your pool to be both functional and attractive; it should suit your personal style preferences, be durable, and safe. So, as you plan, consider concrete. Concrete has the potential to be beautiful, with enough color and style options to fit anyone’s needs. It is also durable and capable of lasting through years in the sun and water, handling regular foot traffic, and managing slippage.

Decorative concrete, like stamped concrete, can be shaped in creative ways for interesting and beautiful patterns all around your pool. You have a variety of colors, as well as textures and patterns. If you want the benefits of concrete, but the appearance of a more expensive stone, concrete can do it. You can have the look of natural stone, brick, and more. If you want to mix and match, you can do that, too; you can have one color and style framing the larger area, which may be a completely different style.

Of course, reliability and safety are key components, too. Concrete is tough; it can withstand years of water and sun. When made according to your design preferences, it can be sealed with extra protection, including anti-slip defense.

Build the pool of your dreams for this summer and the summers to come. Contact us at Stamped Artistry and ask us more about just how perfect concrete could be for your new pool’s deck.

Solutions for Interlocking Concrete Pavers Problems

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Interlocking concrete pavers add some creativity and classic appeal to any ground. They work on streets, patios, near pools, driveways, and beyond. They are resilient and attractive, all at once. As with any material, they are not without the small potential for occasional problems. Those problems have solutions, however.

Shifting Pavers

Pavers are laid on a sandy bed that is over a more compacted base. This is done to allow for expansion and contraction. Though it may seem like soil is generally stable, it changes. Temperature and moisture alter the soil regularly. Pavers are made and installed to allow for these changes, while remaining smooth and firm.

Of course, even if the pavers are laid well, the soil can expand more than is normal with moisture and freezing temperatures. Then, when the soil contracts again, the pavers may not be able to settle in the same position as before. In other instances, the soil is washed away at the edges by rain or excess water, and the pavers settle in an uneven way, or sink at the edges of the structure.

In most cases, your pavers do not need to be replaced; interlocking pavers are very resilient and should not crack. They may need to lifted, however, and the soil beneath changed. These changes will depend upon the nature of the problem. The layer over the base may need to be of a different substance, such as processed gravel. This makes for a more compact layer that is less easily shifted.

For cases in which only the edges have shifted or sunk, it may be possible to address only the edges. This can often be prevented by using a fabric beneath the base layer to filter and maintain the sides of the area. If you have the problem later, adding the fabric is a solution.

Are you having trouble with interlocking pavers? Do you want them installed? Call us at Stamped Artistry.