Flex C Ment's Stamped Concrete can make a dramatic impression, and there are many reasons why homeowners, businesses, and municipalities are choosing stamped concrete to enhance their landscapes and buildings. From a cobblestone driveway to a stone patio, the look of textured concrete is not only realistic but also bears the permanent durability of concrete. Concrete is also cost-effective over alternative materials such as pavers, or natural stone. Installation is quicker and the final product is long- lasting, can mimic natural materials in color and design, and is therefore, more economical.
Color Hardener; is a pre-blended dry shake material for coloring, hardening, and densifying the surface of any newly placed flatwork project. Applied to freshly placed concrete, Color Hardener adds a wider array of standard color options to your architectural designs while providing an extremely durable surface for pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Flex C Ment's Color Hardeners are manufactured at 25 kg kraft bag and 26 kg plastic bucket packaging. It is available at 16 natural color choices. Consumption : 3,5 - 4 kg / sqm Click to view the color chart Click to view the MSDS Click to view the TDS
Powder Relese Agent; is used as bond breaker when stamping and stenciling concrete. Powder Release Agents are dusted over freshly placed concrete just before the initial stamping process is to begin. Powder release agent will not only act as a bond breaker for the stamps, but once the excess powder is washed off the following day, it will add a second coloring effect to the textured surface. Flex C Ment's Antiquing Releae Agent is manufactured at 20 kg kraft bags. Consumption : 135 - 150 grams / sqm Click to view the MSDS Click to view the TDS
Sealers; increase the strength and durability of the concrete surface. The appearance and visual coloration of decorative concrete is greatly enhanced. Flex C Ment Acrylic Sealers are manufactured at 18 lt and 12 kg buckets. Flex C Ment's Acrylic Floor sealers are available under trade names of; Flex Seal Supreme : Water based floor sealer to provide an excellent finish at Flex C Ment floor overlay applicatiobs. This product is recommended for applications where there is a limitation to use solvent based sealers. Available at 18 lt plastic buckets. Flex Seal Supreme SG / SM : Solvent based acrylic floor sealer for the best durability and protection at Flex C ment floor overlay applictions. This sealer comes at Mat (SM) and Glossy(SG) finish options. Available at 12 kg metal buckets. Flex Seal SPX : Solvent based acrylic floor sealer for the optimum industrial standards and as an economic option as it has only 20% of solid content where as Flex Seal Supreme SG/SM have 35% of solid acrylics.Available at 12 kg metal bucket. Consumption : 200-240 grams / sqm for Flex Seal Supreme SG/SM and SPX 0,1 lt / sqm for Flex Seal Supreme (water based)
Why do people choose stamped concrete? Decorative stamped concrete is appealing for many reasons. First, it’s an economical alternative to pavers and natural stone, especially for applications such as patios, driveways, walkways, and pool decks. It also requires less maintenance than those materials because it has no joints where weed growth can occur. Adding to the value of stamped concrete is the material’s longevity. When properly installed and maintained, stamped concrete will last for decades. From an aesthetic standpoint, stamped concrete is hard to beat when it comes to pattern and color options, which are virtually unlimited. See this chart comparing stamped concrete with other paving materials. What are the most popular colors and patterns being used for stamped concrete today? Natural stone patterns, such as slate and fieldstone, are the most prevalent, with brick and cobblestone running a close second. Seamless textures that resemble natural stone, but without joint lines, are also growing in popularity. The most popular colors tend to be grays and earth tones. However, brick patterns are often colored in red or russet hues.
Does it look fake? Stamped concrete looks very realistic because most stamping mats are molded from the actual materials they are designed to replicate. To achieve natural-looking color variations, such as you would see in real stone, stamped concrete contractors often use integral or dry-shake color in conjunction with surface-applied coloring mediums. If anything, stamped concrete looks better than the real thing, because you won’t get weed or moss growth in between the joints, and it won’t rot or splinter (if you are mimicking wood planking). Will it crack, and can it be repaired? Stamped concrete is one of the most durable and long lasting paving materials available and is highly resistant to cracking when installed correctly. There are some basic steps you can take to minimize cracking and ensure good performance. Even if stamped concrete experiences minor cracking, the cracks are often hard to detect because they will often blend in with the pattern and joint lines. If the cracks become an eyesore, there are methods you can use to disguise them.
Can I install stamped concrete myself? We don’t recommend installing stamped concrete as a DIY project unless you know exactly what you’re in for in terms of labor and expense. First, a lot of steps are involved in stamping concrete and you only have a short window of time in which to get them done, so you must be organized, experienced and well prepared. What’s more, all the stamping tools and materials you’ll need can cost hundreds of dollars and aren’t really worth the investment unless you plan to use the tools on multiple projects.
Will the color fade? Efflorescence, weathering, dirt and traffic can take their toll on the color of stamped concrete. You can minimize any color change by periodically cleaning and resealing the concrete. Even if the color has faded due to years of neglect or lack of maintenance, it can often be restored to its original state by cleaning and resealing. Can stamped concrete go over my existing concrete? Existing concrete that’s in good condition can be covered with a stamped overlay, which will give you the same look as conventional stamped concrete. Stamped overlays can be used to upgrade the appearance of plain concrete driveways, patios, walkways, pool decks and even interior floors.
Is it slippery? Because stamped concrete is a textured surface, it is often more slip resistant than conventional concrete. However, just like natural stone, it can become slippery when wet or if a film-forming sealer has been applied. If stamped concrete will be installed in a high-traffic area, such as an entryway or pool deck, there are a number of things you can do to increase its slip resistance.
Can I use salt on it in the winter? You should avoid using deicing salts on stamped concrete, especially during the first winter after the pavement is installed. Using deicers can cause surface damage—primarily scaling and spalling-by forcing the thawing and refreezing of moisture. Products containing ammonium nitrates and ammonium sulphates are especially harmful because they will actually attack the concrete chemically. Rock salt (sodium chloride) or calcium chloride will do less damage, but they can harm vegetation and corrode metal. As an alternative, use sand for traction.
What factors should I consider when selecting a color and pattern? Many people get inspiration from their surrounding landscape and home's architectural style when choosing a color and pattern. For example, if your house has a brick exterior, consider echoing that theme in the stamped concrete, whether in a simple brick-patterned border or the entire driveway. Another option is to choose a pattern and color scheme that blends in well with your surrounding landscape.
Is stamped concrete expensive? Stamped concrete can be expensive, depending on the costs for materials and labor in your local market and the complexity of the job. But the old adage, “you get what you pay for,” really holds true for stamped concrete. For your initial outlay, you’ll get a pavement that lasts longer and requires less maintenance than most other paving materials, which can add up to big savings over the pavement's lifetime. You’ll also add curb appeal and aesthetic value to your home, allowing you to maximize the return on your investment.
How long will stamped concrete last? Like conventional concrete, stamped concrete will last for decades when properly installed and maintained, even when exposed to harsh winter weather conditions. In some cases, stamped concrete can be even more durable than standard concrete, especially if a color hardener has been applied to the surface. Most contractors also apply a sealer to stamped concrete to protect it from wear and abrasion and make it easier to maintain.