Stamped concrete is the most common decorative finish for concrete and is also widely popular to use in conjunction with staining, stenciling, and sealers. In fact, you probably see stamped concrete every day and may not even be aware of it! Concrete stamping can gently emboss patterns onto concrete that resemble wood or slate, or give it a deeper texture and morph concrete into brick, tile, or stone. It is often used around patios and pools, along on- and off-ramps on the freeway, to create beautiful interior design projects for commercial business, and in hospitality for grand entryways – just to name a few.
Residential Stamped Concrete
Around the home, stamped concrete can do anything pavers can do, only better!* Stamped concrete has a wider range of colors and patterns to provide you with a more realistic and natural look that will better match your home and landscaping vision. Stamped concrete can be poured to your shape specifications and personalized while remaining in a continuous slab. Would you like to have a driveway in something that looks like a river rock to match the rounded stone veneer on your home and boulder landscaping? Stamped concrete can do that. Thinking about adding a pool and want to have a pool deck in slate stone without paying for real slate? Stamped concrete can do that, too.
(*The only exception would be paving over tree roots – if you plan to put concrete over tree roots, pavers are sometimes considered a better solution over any poured concrete as you can lift them up to saw down the root growth, then replace them every few years which prevents trip hazards and cracks. We don’t suggest pouring concrete over tree roots.)
Commercial Stamped Concrete
Unlike residential stamped concrete, commercial stamped concrete projects are as often indoor projects as they are outdoor projects. And what we often find with our commercial stamped concrete clients is they desire more color impact from their concrete to leave a lasting impression in the customer’s mind. With all stamped concrete, colors can be mixed in prior to pouring and stamping the concrete and a second color is often used with the stamp itself (known as an accent color) to give depth of texture to the stamping. We also offer other decorative concrete solutions our commercial clients will opt for including gloss or acid staining after the concrete stamping is complete.
Popular patterns with our commercial stamped concrete projects include:
- Herringbone Brick
- Slate Tile
- European Fan
- Octagon Tile
- Random Stone
With our headquarters in Paso Robles, California, we pour a lot of concrete for tasting rooms. The next time you go wine tasting, take a look at the concrete and you might notice that it is stamped concrete. If they have a fountain, fan patterns are very popular concrete stamps around fountains, but a less textured pattern is likely to be used indoors with a concrete stain to give it more color.
Industrial Stamped Concrete
Expansive building projects have turned to us for their industrial stamped concrete needs because we have the team of concrete experts to get the job done right. Agricultural warehouses, processing facilities, airplane hangars, industrial garages, colleges, freeway on- and off-ramps, and other large building venues have concrete needs but don’t need to settle for flat, grey concrete. Industrial stamped concrete is a great solution for large-scale concrete projects because the stamp pattern remains consistent across the concrete foundation and using a stamp can help break up the look of a large slab of concrete.
Industrial stamped concrete may have special requirements beyond the decorative touch such as higher tensile strength, vertical installment, rebar, custom stamps or molds – all of which we are happy to do. We handle industrial contracts; just contact us for more information.
Stamped Concrete Sealing
We offer several different options to seal your stamped concrete and the option best for you will depend on if your stamped concrete is indoor, outdoor, residential, commercial, or industrial – and how decorative it is. All decorative concrete needs to be protected, including stamped concrete, so be sure to re-seal your concrete periodically, depending on use and U.V. exposure.
Other Decorative Stamped Concrete Services
At Pristine Concrete, we consider ourselves to be concrete artisans and we love custom job requests! Have you ever thought about having your logo at the center of your tasting room floor? Take a look at this job for the Santa Maria Police Station where we did just that!
Hand-Coloring: Some projects need that hand-colored detail to give it the right look, be it a natural stone “look,” or the details of your logo. We offer hand-coloring services when needed.
Saw-Cutting: Rather than a pattern of pre-made shapes, we can saw-cut a shape off of a pattern onto your concrete floor.
Maintenance: Hand-tooling often comes into maintenance of stamped concrete jobs. Call us if you need us to come out and repair something.
Concrete Staining: Creates even more depth of color than the mix-plus-accent of stamped concrete. Learn more about concrete staining here.
Some of our clients include:
- Martin and Wyrich Winery
- Dolphin Bay Resort
- A&R Furniture
- Light House Suites
- Robin Ventura Residents
- Sextant Winery
- Firestone Walker Beer
- Bahama Bay Tanning
- Bubbas Bad Ass BBQ
- Black Horse Coffee
- Houge Grips
- Firestone Winery