If you’ve taken a brief look at our website, you’ll already be well familiar with the myriad advantages stamped concrete brings as a surface material for your home. That being said, we’ve had many clients who were in the position of wanting a beautiful stamped concrete floor, but – they already had a non-stamped concrete surface in place and were unwilling or unable to afford a full surface replacement. Fortunately for them and for you, there’s a solution: stamped overlay. A stamped overlay brings the aesthetic advantages of normal stamped concrete, but is implemented over the surface of an already existing concrete surface.
Advantages of Stamped Overlay
Stamped overlay can be applied to new concrete, old concrete, exterior concrete and interior concrete. They are a cost-effective and efficient way to revitalize the appearance and lifespan of any concrete surface you may have around, including floors, driveways, patios, walkways or ever walls. Stamped overlays can make your plain old concrete closely resemble stone, slate, brick or even wood. In addition, a plethora of different color options are available to be applied to the new stamped concrete overlay.
However, one thing to bear in mind is that not every single concrete surface is eligible for stamped overlay treatment. If your concrete is badly damaged, such as by dramatic cracking, lifting or settling, resurfacing and stamping overlay may not be possible. If you have any doubt about whether your concrete is a good candidate for a stamped overlay, get in touch with us and we’ll do an assessment for you. As well, if you’re putting in new concrete, we recommend doing traditional concrete stamping rather than an overlay – an overlay is a great solution for existing surfaces but it’s always more efficient to have it installed from the start.
Stamped Overlay Installation
The first step in a successful stamped overlay installation is preparation of the previously existing concrete surface. The floor must be meticulously cleaned, any damages or cracks repaired. This means pressure washing and priming the base concrete slab, often with epoxy or another type of seal. This is followed by a procedure called profiling, which gouges up the surface a bit, allowing the overlay to better stick onto the concrete. Subsequently, overlay mix is added and adjusted carefully to a consistent thickness (typically around a quarter of an inch) using gauge rakes and trowels. Finally, the stamping or imprinting texture of your choice is performed, resulting in the final surface.
Concrete Overlay Stamping with Leander Concrete Stamping
If you’ve got a concrete floor or surface around your home that’s just too drab and plain-looking, a stamped overlay just might be the solution you need. We’ve experts in the field, and we take great pride and joy in helping our customers bring the beauty of their home’s interior or exterior to a whole new level. We do patios, driveways, walkways, floors, pool decks and more. When it comes to improving the aesthetics of your concrete without breaking the bank, stamped overlays are without parallel. Give us a shout to learn more today.