Enhanced Concrete Placement
We love enhanced concrete placement because it is timeless and durable. Involving us with a placement team is like pairing great trim carpenters with good framers when building a house. This work needs to be planned before pouring concrete so contact us now by phone at (830)798-2717 or email@example.com
Options for Enhanced Placement
Texture skin stamping
Texture + Scoring
Antiquing stain for textured concrete
Exterior Stained and Sealed Concrete after we’ve stamped it
Sealing with Concentrated Solvent Sealer
How we started enhancing placement projects: Success built on failure.
We were called in to overlay several projects that were not well stamped by the placement team. The problem is (dirty little secret) none of the overlay materials are as hard or age as gracefully as proper concrete. So, when builders would ask us to bid overlay jobs on new construction (trusting the placement contractor with the dirt-work, grading, slope, and us with the aesthetic details), we asked if we could save them the material cost and just stamp the fresh concrete. This worked great: right when that team was exhausted, our team would come off the proverbial sidelines and nail the details.
We often say, show us a picture of anything and chances are we have done it at least twice. Some people just love the Ashlar Slate or wood plank stamping, it’s hard to do, and we are really good at it.
Click on the thumbnails to see a larger image of patterns available for stamping.
For Textured Stained Concrete
Antiquing Stain enhances texture and gives a secondary color, especially in the low spots of stamped concrete.
To achieve a more modern, steely grey, we use integral color.
Integral Color Myths
Integral color is cheaper than staining. False: it's the same or a bit more
Integral color makes it so if you chip the concrete it's the same color. False: texture and aggregate affects color materially - it will be lighter and rocky if you chip it.
Integral color is more consistent than staining. False: maintaining consistency from truck to truck is very hard. Use Color Hardener for maximum consistency.
Color Hardener makes it possible to create surfaces lighter than normal concrete.
The images above and at left depicts color hardener being broadcast and troweled in to the wet concrete.
With color hardener it is possible to make surfaces lighter than normal concrete. There is no white integral color that could overcome the color from the sand and rocks of the concrete. Additionally, it will even out the color of multiple pours, as you seen below in the photos of this 20,000 s/ft driveway.
White Color Hardener with Black dye
In the photos below we used a dry-shake color hardener in Nantucket White and then amid the polishing process we used a light loading of Black Surelock Dye from Ameripolish. The movement and variegation makes for a great finished floor.
What’s exciting about color hardener is that there are so many colors to choose from. One of the colors in the chart below is sure to combine well with other design choices in your home. Depending on your style you could pick just about any color to fit with your personal tastes.