There is no doubt that stamped concrete overlays are highly popular because of its durability and affordable price tag. In the 20 years that we have been in the decorative concrete business, we have learned that the best results are achieved by investing skill and hard work. The team at Atlanta Concrete Artisans is highly trained in decorative concrete resurfacing services. From inquiry, all the way to the completion of a project, each of these experts in Atlanta, Georgia, is a force to be reckoned with.
Stamped Overlay Vs. Stamped Concrete
Decorative concrete is still quite new, so it is natural to confuse stamped overlays with stamped concrete. They seem to be two variations of one application, but they have quite a difference. Both involve stamping patterns on concrete. Stamping involves stamp patterns and a freshly poured slab, whereas stamped overlay involves stamp patterns and a freshly applied layer over an old slab. Decorative concrete stamping is done on a new slab, giving it the look of a new brick or flagstone surface but at a more affordable cost. An overlay is applied to restore or update existing concrete pool decks, concrete patios, and concrete driveways.
Concrete Resurfacing with Decorative Concrete Overlay
There are many different types of decorative concrete solutions available nowadays, either for restoring a concrete surface or updating it. In both a residential and commercial aspect, stamped concrete has become a household name. Here is a more comprehensive look at what stamped concrete is and why it has earned rave reviews from all over the Atlanta community.
- Both residential and commercial customers can choose from a wide range of patterns.
- The imprint on the overlay can be customized to meet customer needs. It can look as realistic as stone and as luxurious as a European fan brick.
- Not only can an overlay be stamped with designs, but it can also be colored with concrete stains. Hand staining is often done on natural stone patterns.
- Stamping is one of the most economical alternatives to concrete replacement and other paving materials.
- Although stamping overlays is often done on concrete patios, pool decks, driveways, front entryways, sidewalks, and walkways, an overlay can also be applied indoors.
- While patterns give the illusion of grooves, joints, and gaps, there are no actual spaces whatsoever, making upkeep a lot easier compared to cleaning and maintaining pavers, bricks, and real stone.
- With proper installation, a stamped concrete overlay surface can stay appealing and functional for several years.
Finest Patterns for Decorative Concrete Pool Decks, Patios, Driveways, and Other surfaces!
Of all the resurfacing solutions available nowadays, a stamped concrete overlay is the most versatile. The overlay can be stamped from end to end, or you can just choose to stamp on borders or frames. The coping around a swimming pool is an ideal area to add a stamped overlay with as it enhances the look of the pool. Driveways, especially long ones, would look more interesting with alternating stamp patterns. Some of the patterns customers can choose from are:
- European Fan
- Fractured Slate
- Fractured Earth
- And more…
Concrete Overlay Installation Process
Pavers and bricks require a tremendous amount of time to put each individual piece in its rightful place. Overlays require minimal time and energy to install. Although simple and easy, it must be properly installed, and only a pro can do that effectively. Proper installation calls for the appropriate tools and equipment. So you, as a customer, would understand the process, here is a brief look at how stamped concrete overlay is installed:
Step 1: The space that needs updating or restoring is first evaluated. It is important for the slab to be in good condition to prevent future problems. The surface must also be raw enough for the overlay to adhere effectively. If there are skin-deep issues, a concrete replacement might be the most practical solution
Step 2: If the slab is found to be eligible for an overlay, it is washed and dried. Some may require surface grinding.
Step 3: The overlay is mixed and then applied on the old concrete driveway, patio, pool deck, or surface.
Step 4: The imprinting process is quite time-sensitive. The overlay must be in a condition good enough for the stamp mat to leave an imprint. Pros need to work on this quickly before the concrete dries up. Once completely stamped, the overlay is left to cure for a day or two.
Step 5: If the customer asks for a colored concrete overlay, staining is done at this stage to achieve that colored concrete look.
Step 6: Once the overlay and stain have dried and cured, and no alterations or adjustments are needed, the surface is coated with a sealer for added shine and protection.
Concrete Stamping Cost
Restoring concrete with an overlay is more economical than tearing down the slab and repouring a new one. Costs vary based on how complex a pattern is, how many patterns are involved, how wide the concrete surface is, and other influential factors. Additional services, like staining and scoring, will incur additional charges. Prior to installation, if a slab requires some repairs like patching, additional costs may apply depending on how difficult the repairs are.
Stamped Concrete Overlay Maintenance
With proper installation, a stamped overlay can be a long-lasting solution. More than that, it also requires proper cleaning and maintenance. Fortunately, a concrete overlay is easy to clean and maintain. Dirt and spills can penetrate a concrete surface, causing it to weaken. The coat of concrete sealer on an overlay helps keep damaging elements on the surface. All you have to do is wipe spills or sweep dirt off the overlay. A sealer can last up to two years or more, depending on how heavy foot traffic is. If it seems faded, it needs to be reapplied so as to keep the overlay shiny and protected from damage.
It doesn’t take much to clean a stamped concrete patio or deck: just a broom and mop. There is no need to use a special floor cleaner, but if you want to use one, it is important to consult with the installer. Some floors cleaners have ingredients that could damage the overlay and the sealer.
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Atlanta Concrete Artisans has more than 20 years of professional experience in providing top quality solutions to restore and update decorative concrete surfaces. Our team believes that every customer deserves only the best, so we make sure that each installer in our company is skilled and knowledgeable of concrete coatings and overlays. We take pride in our work. We pay great attention to detail to ensure flawless results.
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