Driveways ‘N’ More Concrete Bundaberg

Concrete Stamping and Stencilling Bundaberg

You don’t have to settle for a strip of bland, grey concrete. There are ways to create your individual style and appeal by adding a stencil or stamp to that basic grey surface.

Decorative concrete … that’s the way to add interest and uniqueness to your driveways or paths. It gives the appearance of real pavers or bricks, but it is so much easier on your bank account. It is a no-brainer.

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What are the differences between Concrete Stencilling and Concrete Stamping? Which should you choose? The answer to that question would depend on what final result you are looking for, and how the concrete relates to your property.

It will help you make that decision if you understand the difference between Concrete Stencilling and Concrete Stamping.

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First … Concrete Stencilling

Stencils have been used for many years in various situations, particularly by children to make patterns in their scrapbooks, or by decorators applying painted designs to a wall, and even by baristas on top of a cup of coffee. This is the same principle.

The concrete is poured, screeded and finished off in the usual manner. Then the stencilling process begins before it hardens.

The stencil, which is in a long roll, is spread out over the new concrete, then embedded into the wet surface. Additional stencils are put in place to cover the whole area. 

Following that, we sprinkle a Colour Hardener over the surface. This colour hardener contains a mixture of pigment with cement and fine aggregate and makes a dense covering on the wet concrete. You can choose a single colour, or a blend of colours, to individualise your pattern.

We can run a decorative roller over the pattern to resemble different textures. If textures are not required, the contractor will flatten out any imperfections to give a smooth finish.

At the end of the procedure, the stencils are carefully removed and your unique driveway is ready for presentation.

First … Concrete Stencilling

Stencils have been used for many years in various situations, particularly by children to make patterns in their scrapbooks, or by decorators applying painted designs to a wall, and even by baristas on top of a cup of coffee. This is the same principle.

The concrete is poured, screeded and finished off in the usual manner. Then the stencilling process begins before it hardens.

The stencil, which is in a long roll, is spread out over the new concrete, then embedded into the wet surface. Additional stencils are put in place to cover the whole area. 

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Second … Concrete Stamping

This process is a bit more difficult than Concrete Stencilling. It requires a highly experienced applicator, and we have experts who fit that description. The stamping must be applied when the newly laid concrete has achieved the firmness necessary to bear the weight of the contractor who has to walk on the stamps, but is not so firm that the stamps won’t leave an imprint.

First a colour hardener is applied, usually with two coats. This is followed with a release agent, to ensure the concrete won’t stick onto the stamps. This results in a subtle but interesting colour contrast.

The stamps are large polyurethane shapes. The first line of stamps is carefully placed onto the surface of the concrete. They make the pattern which will imprint into the concrete. Our contractors expertly align the stamps in the first line to be perfectly straight, and all other lines will follow. The weight of the contractor causes the imprint in the concrete, and if necessary some tamping may be required. This process continues until the whole area has been stamped. When the stamps are removed, the contractor will perform touch ups if necessary to correct any faults in the joins.

Usually about a day after the stamping is completed, we will wash and cure the concrete, and cut control joints in the slab to give stress relief and prevent cracking. Lastly we seal the concrete.

So knowing what it is all about, which process should you decide upon?

To guide your decision, we would recommend that stamped concrete be used for surfaces like footpaths and driveways, and stencilled concrete be used for indoor areas, or patios which support furniture.

However it’s your decision, and we would be glad to talk to you and offer our expertise in your particular situation.

Please feel free to contact us by phone, or use the contact form and we will contact you.

    Second … Concrete Stamping

    This process is a bit more difficult than Concrete Stencilling. It requires a highly experienced applicator, and we have experts who fit that description. The stamping must be applied when the newly laid concrete has achieved the firmness necessary to bear the weight of the contractor who has to walk on the stamps, but is not so firm that the stamps won’t leave an imprint.

    First a colour hardener is applied, usually with two coats. This is followed with a release agent, to ensure the concrete won’t stick onto the stamps. This results in a subtle but interesting colour contrast.

    Concrete Stamping in Bundaberg

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