While outdoor living spaces soar in popularity, the basis of a great space is still the flooring. The foundation of the living space sets the standard for the entire area and also ties in the space with rest of the home’s decor and style.
Most often a patio is designed and planned using concrete. Concrete is weather, pest and weed resistant and is one of the lowest long term maintenance products available for a patio. The beauty of concrete is that you truly can get a one of a kind patio or mimic a natural stone look with the use of stamped concrete. Mchugh has been designing and installing stamped concrete patios for years and is established as one of the premier stamped concrete contractors in the area. From having installed stamped concrete in Greenville, Hortonville, Appleton, Grand chute, Menasha, Neenah, Darboy, Kimberly and everywhere in between.
Stamped concrete patios take advantage of the concrete you are already going to use for your patio, but it finishes it with a decorative stamped pattern at the time of installation. This is not only an efficient way of making a patio it also saves time and money from having to pour a base slab just to then install rock, stone or tile afterward increasing the cost and time frame to complete the patio.
Stamped concrete patios need to be done by a professional, this is not a DIY type project at all. If you don’t know what you are doing you risk the entire slab from being potentially ruined.
A typical stamped concrete patio will be large enough to accommodate a small group of people and often a table with chairs for lounging around, while a Grill area is also a popular addition to a backyard patio as well.
Popular stamped concrete patterns include: Ashlar slate, Flagstone, Herringbone, and Brick. When done right a stamped concrete patio will look convincingly similar to the real thing and have your guests thinking that you spent a small fortune on your patio.
Here is a quick overview of how a stamped concrete patio is done:
Substrate/Ground Prep: First thing that needs to be done is the ground needs to be leveled, compacted and prepared for drainage.
Forming: A set of wood edge forms is placed to set the size and shape of the patio, this is also where the drainage slope is accounted for.
Rebar: Steel mesh or rebar is placed to add strength to the concrete, tied off at each intersection with wire.
Pouring: The concrete is ordered and the day of the pour is when most of the action takes place. A variety of tools including a wheelbarrow shovels, rakes, screeds, bull-floats and trowels are used to place, position and smooth out the wet concrete.
Release Agents: Once the concrete has reached its “plastic” state a release agent in either powder or liquid form is broadcast over the concrete patio slab. This will help the stamp mats from releasing from the wet concrete.
Stamping: Rubber stamps are then impressed and pushed into the ‘plastic’ concrete leaving a pattern.
Cleaning: When the concrete has hardened the following day the release can be removed and cleaned off.
Coloration: If more highlight color needs to be added this is done. The resulting patio will not appear finished until the final sealer is applied.
Touch up: Any repairs, touch up and cutting is done before the final seal coat.
Sealing: A clear sealer is applied to the concrete once it had cured and the sealer will dry within a few hours. The patio is now ready to be enjoyed.