Stamped Concrete Myths (and the Truth Behind Them)
Stamped concrete has become increasingly popular in recent years and for good reason. It offers near limitless opportunities for styles and designs both inside and outside of your home. Stamped concrete can mimic the appearance of stone, tile, brick, pavers, and even wood. Like other concrete flooring options, it’s very resilient and long lasting as well.
But, as with anything that becomes trendy and popular, stamped concrete has picked up some myths and falsehoods over the years. As experienced flooring contractors in Ohio, we know how to separate fact from fiction when it comes to stamped concrete. Here are some of the most common myths we hear about stamped concrete, as well as the truths behind them.
Stamped Concrete is Expensive
We understand why some may think this. Stamped concrete undoubtedly has a luxurious appearance. It’s natural to assume it would come with a premium price tag. However, most people are surprised by just how affordable stamped concrete is when compared to other flooring options. The cost of stamped concrete installation is often much cheaper than that of the materials it mimics.
Especially if there is already a concrete base in place.
Stamped Concrete Looks Fake and/or Glossy
As we said before, stamped concrete can look like just about any other hardscape. Still, many underestimate just how closely it can mimic these other materials. When done correctly, stamped concrete looks nearly identical to the “real” thing, even when it comes to materials such as wood.
Yet stamped concrete is often more affordable and more resilient.
As for the glossy appearance that finished concrete is often known for, you actually have a say on how shiny your floor is. A glossy finish can look beautiful and pristine, but a matte finish sometimes appears more authentic. When it comes to stamped concrete, the choice is yours.
Stamped Concrete is Difficult to Maintain
For the most part, cleaning and maintaining stamped concrete is pretty simple. Sweeping and occasional mopping will be needed, as is the case with any floor. Still, it’s generally easier to get in the grooves of stamped concrete than it is to clean tile grout. And you don’t have to worry about weeds growing through it like you might with pavers.
You do want to make sure you clean up spills quickly. Though stamped concrete is sealed and therefore resistant to stains, it isn’t fully stain proof. Speaking of sealing, stamped concrete should be resealed every 2-3 years. This is simple and affordable, and it keeps your floor looking brand new.
Only New Concrete Can Be Stamped
Though concrete can be stamped when it’s initially being poured, this doesn’t have to be the case. For pre-existing concrete, concrete resurfacer can be utilized to create a fresh, stylized layer on your floor. Concrete resurfacer is a special compound designed to bond with dried concrete, creating a seamless finish.
I Can Stamp My Own Concrete
Stamped concrete requires a number of special tools and materials. Though you can purchase these at most hardware stores or online, they still need to be properly utilized to achieve the results you’re looking for. Stamping and sealing concrete is a delicate process, especially when you’re trying to mimic other materials.
Doing it incorrectly can essentially ruin your floor.
It’s best to leave it in the hands of an experienced professional. Even with professional installation, stamped concrete is an affordable flooring option. For stamped concrete in Ohio’s Miami Valley, contact Select Flooring Systems today!