Stamped Concrete & Stamped Overlay
Stamped concrete and stamped overlay may seem similar but there is a bit of difference between the two. Stamped concrete is the process of stamping patterns on newly installed concrete slabs. A stamped overlay is a combination of Portland cement, silica sand, some cementitious hardeners, and adhesives that are installed on existing concrete patios, pool decks, or driveways to achieve a variety of decorative concrete looks. Although the stamping process is the same for both, one is done on an entirely new slab while one involves an overlay over an old slab.
Recommended Concrete Surfaces for Stamped Overlay Installation
Stamped Concrete Patio – The patio is considered an extension of the indoor living room. It should be appealing and comfortable enough for unwinding. Stamping an overlay over an existing patio is highly recommended to give it a new look and to extend the life of the slab. It can effectively imitate the look of wood or stone without the high cost.
Stamped Concrete Driveway – The driveway plays a huge role in enhancing a property’s curb appeal. It is crucial to acquire an appealing surface without compromising safety. That is exactly what stamped concrete is here for. It could recreate the look of a luxurious driveway at a more affordable cost. A stamped pattern provides enough traction, making it a safe option especially for sloped driveways.
Stamped Concrete Pool Deck – Remember how pool decks used to use tiles on its surface? It was so unsafe because it could get very slippery. Nowadays, one of the most highly recommended options is a stamped concrete overlay. It provides just enough slip-resistance and a comfortable surface to walk on even with bare feet.
Our experts have tons of stamp styles and colors to choose from!
Why Choose Epoxy Flooring?
An epoxy floor coating is a two-part material is mixed and applied on existing concrete floors then left to set and cure. When it has finally dried and hardened, it provides admirable benefits that make it such big fans among home and business owners. Here are just some of the reasons why it is highly recommended and preferred:
Damage-resistant –Epoxy makes garage floors resistant to chemical spills, stains, and impact. This is one of the best concrete sealers around. It is a non-porous material so any pigment will not seep through, causing an ugly stain or any deep damage.
Covers concrete blemishes – Have existing stains and hairline cracks on the floor? Then floor epoxy is the answer. It fills in small gaps and cracks. Also, incorporating colors or designs will help disguise any ugly stains on the old concrete.
Improves appearance – Ever noticed how garage floors always looked the worst in the entire house? That was then. Nowadays, even garage floors can be treated like an extension of a home’s living space with epoxy garage floor coatings. It can be stained or decorated with colored microchips which, when broadcasted, creates a terrazzo-like appearance. It can even be made into marble-like or metallic epoxy floors if desired.
Easy to clean and maintain – Epoxy floors do not absorb liquids or even dirt, even without supplementary concrete sealers. In fact, dust just sits on top of it, thus, making it easy to sweep and mop.
Acid Stain Concrete
Concrete staining is a great way to bring life to concrete or change up the look of an older and perhaps even dated or damaged floor. At Integrity Concrete, we offer a variety of decorative acid stain techniques and colors.
Acid-based concrete stains are made up of inorganic metallic salts dissolved in an acid and water solution. They penetrate into the surface and react chemically with the concrete to form a permanent bond. The color they impart is translucent rather than opaque, resulting in deep, rich tones and attractive marbling effects.
Because stains penetrate into the concrete surface, their color is durable and long-lasting. When applied to properly prepared concrete, the color will not fade, chip, or peel away.