When considering stamped concrete there are 2 options. Stamped
Concrete and a Stamped Concrete Overlay. Stamped Concrete is a
process whereby an area is framed, re-bar is placed in the frame,
concrete is poured and while the concrete is in its plastic state, it is
colored and stamped. A Stamped Concrete Overlay is placed on top of
existing concrete. In this process the existing deck is prepared to accept
the overlay, then the overlay is applied, and when the overlay concrete
is in its plastic state it is stamped. Color is added later.

Stamped Concrete is usually pour 4 inches deep. A color hardener is
added to achieve a base color. The color hardener also hardens the
surface of the concrete to give the surface better abrasion and wear
resistance. After the hardener is applied a powdered release is applied.
The powdered release will provide the antiquing color in your stamped
patio/deck. Additional colors can be added. When considering a new
patio, or expanding an existing patio this is most likely the best option.
Stamped Concrete Pool Deck
A Stamped Concrete Overlay, is is just
enough concrete to receive the imprint
from the stamp. For the overlay to be
applied, all existing coatings must be
removed first. After the coatings are
removed the deck
, the concrete is
thoroughly imprint
ed from the stamp.
For the overlay to be  applied, all
existing coatings must be removed
first. After the coatings are removed
the deck is thoroughly washed, then
Acid Etched and neutralized. After this
preparation we apply the top coat of
concrete, stamp it, color it and apply 2
coats of sealer. For areas that already
have a deck, and the owner is
interested in changing the look, this is
the ideal solution. The existing deck
does not need to be removed.
Stamped Concrete Overlay
There is some debate in the industry regarding whether Stamped Concrete Overlays will hold up as well as Stamped concrete.
The main concern is around delamination (peeling of the new concrete). From our experience (we do both), overlays perform
extremely well, if control joints are honored and adequate preparation is performed. We offer a 5 year warranty that
specifically covers delamination.

On all of our outdoor projects we apply a skid guard in our sealer to help reduce the hazard of slipping.
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Specialists in Decorative Concrete
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Specialists in Decorative Concrete
ublime
olutions LLC