If you’re a property owner looking to improve the appearance of your home or office, you should consider using Dimensional Concrete. You might be wondering what exactly Dimensional Concrete is. It can be created with fresh-poured concrete or a thick-build concrete overlayment. These surfaces receive a 3-dimensional imprint from a high-definition stamping tool. These tools continue to evolve because of how easy it is to replicate the luxurious appearance of natural stone, wood, and brick surfaces and combine them with the durability and longevity of concrete.
The popularity of Dimensional Concrete, also known as stamped concrete, is increasing due to its vast range of color options. The possibilities are endless! You have the freedom to pick the main surface color and complementary shades. Additionally, the sealant chosen can enhance the intensity of the desired pattern.
Stamped concrete is commonly utilized for outdoor surfaces such as driveways, walkways, patios, and pool decks. However, this upscale appearance can also be incorporated indoors by using stampable overlays. These overlays are made of cement-based materials and are incredibly robust. They are widely used by water parks, theme parks, and high-end hotels throughout the United States.
What dimensional textures are available?
There are various design options to choose from, such as tile, brick, wood, cut stone, slate, and cobblestone. Each of these designs offers a wide range of textures to select from, which can be combined with different accents, borders, and medallions.
How can you ensure that your contractor is using the appropriate materials for your dimensional concrete?
When considering improving the appearance of your outdoor space, particularly when installing new concrete, it is essential to discuss with your contractor the textures and coloring options. Your contractor will likely offer two options for coloring the concrete. The first is to integrate a color product such as SurePour, while the second involves using a topical color hardener like SureCast. Quality manufacturers of these products can include SureCrete and Scofield.
When it comes to your accent colors, you may opt for a colored powder release or a concrete stain. To ensure the longevity and durability of the dimensional surface, it’s recommended to apply a high-quality clear acrylic sealer. Depending on the brand, you should be able to choose either a gloss or satin finish. An excellent sealer is the Super series by SureCrete.
If your project is to texture existing concrete, we recommend the SureStamp system. Your primary surface color will be chosen from a palette of about (30) colors. This color comes in color packs. Interior stamped concrete has a variety of accent choices. Your contractor may suggest creating this by one of these three product types: colored powder release (SureTique), color wash (Eco Accent), or a penetrating concrete stain (Eco Stain).
Just like on exterior concrete, you will protect the color and floor with a clear coat. Expect to be offered a clear coating such as Acrylic, Polyurethane, or Polyaspartic. In some cases, these coatings have sheen options such as high-gloss, satin, and matte. No matter which you choose, your floor will look amazing!