Stamped Concrete

Stamped Concrete

Stamped Concrete by definition is stamping or pressing a pattern into freshly poured concrete.  Leaving an impression that will harden, and give you the look of custom stone, brick, wood, or slate.  Stamped concrete will add value to your home and will outlast similar materials.  Every project is unique and custom to your needs.  The most popular place to use stamped concrete in Wisconsin is for patios and Walkways. 

Color Charts

Stamped Concrete Color chart

Here at McHugh’s Decorative Concrete we take pride in our work.  There are many different ways and techniques used by concrete contractors in the Valley. To help you better understand on how we at McHugh’s Decorative Concrete install stamped concrete, here is the average time line of a patio.

  • Design and Planning.  This can be the hardest part of the whole project, but rest assured we will help you out.  There are many color options and stamp patterns available, once we get it narrowed down we will actually take you out to a completed project so you can see firsthand what to expect at your home.
  • Excavation and Prep.   Day 1.  The first day all of the grass, topsoil, or old concrete is removed and disposed of.  This is to make a solid base for the new concrete.  The forms are then set in place to the design, a stone base is placed and compacted, and rebar reinforcement is added.  This usually takes about a day but can vary depending on the size, weather, and work needed. If there are seat walls or any other retaining block features they are added at this time.
  • Pouring the Concrete.   Day 2.  This part is very weather sensitive, so if there is any chance of rain that day we can’t pour.  All of the stamped concrete we pour is with integral color, meaning that the concrete is colored all the way through not just the surface, it is a 4500 mix design (6.5 bag) with rebar, fiber, and water reducers to ensure long lasting quality.
  • To start, we place and level the concrete.  As it starts to dry, accent color hardeners can be added.  Just before the concrete is stamped the entire patio is covered with a powder called antique release.  The powder has two purposes – not allowing the concrete to stick to the stamps and to add color accent to the stamp pattern.  The lower areas in the texture and the mortar lines will become the release color.
  • Once the patio is covered with release it’s time to start stamping.  This is done by using large rubber stamps that are set in the wet concrete and pushed in place to achieve the imprint.  The stamps are moved across the entire patio before it hardens.  After your patio is stamped it will remain the color of the release until it is washed off the next day
  • Cleaning the Concrete.  Day 3.  The next day after the concrete is poured, we will come back to add relief cuts and pressure wash.  After it dries, one coat of sealer is applied.  Don’t worry it’s common for the concrete color to look uneven or to get white spots during this time.  The concrete will not show its true colors until the second coat of sealer is applied.
  • Final Coat of Sealer.   In about one week the concrete will get a second coat of sealer, and the step installed.  This is when you will truly see the amazing beauty of your stamped concrete.  Your new patio is now completed and it is ready for your enjoyment the next day.
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McHugh’s Decorative Concrete installs stamped concrete patios in the greater Fox Valley area including

Appleton, Greenville, Neenah, Menasha, Darboy, Kimberly, Kaukauna, Hortonville, and surrounding areas.

Give them a call for an estimate on your project (920) 757-9779

Click Here To View Stamped Concrete Color Chart

Most Popular Stamp Patterns – There are many more that are available –

Fractured Earth, Fractured slate, Ashler Slate, English York, Custom Flagstone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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