Concrete imprinting was first developed in America during the 1950’s where it was realised that concrete textures and stamped cement could be used to create exquisite decorative finishes on driveways, patios and paths through a multi-step, highly sophisticated process.
Pattern imprinted concrete comes in a wide variety of patterns, textures and colours. It is a highly flexible solution for your driveway, patio or path that is suitable for either professional or domestic use. The durable and robust finish of pattern imprinted concrete means that any home or business can be provided with a highly impactful finish.
Our team of experienced pavers have been working with pattern imprinted concrete for a number of years and can provide you with advice and examples of solutions that will work perfectly for your home or business. We are confident that our pattern imprinted concrete will offer you the perfect solution that is bound to impress your friends, family, guests or customers!
At Con-e-print we use only the highest quality materials conforming to British Standards. The concrete formula used in our pattern imprinted concrete and block paving contains metal fibred mesh reinforcement. Once this is sealed, it is 25% stronger than normal concrete, requiring only minimal maintenance that will last a lifetime.
WHAT'S INVOLVED IN CONCRETE IMPRINT
Brick paving and block paving driveways suffer from a number of drawbacks, they are laid on a bed of sand and depend on a solid edge block course or kerbstone to prevent the surface spreading and the blocks separating and sinking. Weeds and moss growing between the blocks look unsightly and the blocks are porous and absorb oil and will stain easily.
Our paving surface is not affected by these problems. Being a single slab of decorative concrete cast in situ and sealed to prevent absorbtion of liquids the surface will look good for years to come with little or no maintenance.
There are many steps involved in stamped concrete that must be executed carefully and quickly to achieve uniform results across the entire slab before the concrete sets. The pattern must be pre-planned and diagrammed, tools and labor ready to go. After the concrete is poured and allowed to set to the proper consistency, colour hardeners and release agents are applied. The concrete is tested again before applying the stamp patterns. Finish work, detailing and cutting contraction joints finish the project.
Most often, stamping is done on newly poured concrete. However, existing concrete that’s in good condition can be covered with a stamped overlay, which gives you the same look as conventional stamped concrete.