Stamped concrete is often faster and more convenient to install than brick or stone. It‚s a complicated process requiring the right tools, materials, expertise and job site conditions to ensure a successful outcome. Even before the work begins, good planning and preparation are necessary to make sure everything goes smoothly. Here are some important dos and don‚ts.

  • Don‚t overlook proper sub grade preparation, it is essential to the structural integrity of the concrete slab. It also helps drainage and can prevent soil erosion under the concrete.
  • Do make sure stamped concrete pavements are properly jointed to control cracking, joints must be cut to a depth of at least one-quarter the slab thickness.
  • Do insist on the use of a concrete mix that can stand up to the anticipated exposure conditions.
  • Don‚t skimp on reinforcement. For many slabs on grade, reinforcementis necessary to augment strength and help to control cracking. This is especially true for driveways and other surfaces that will support vehicle traffic.
  • Do use a dry-shake color hardener, which will produce a denser, more impermeable surface.

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