If you’re looking to add a special flare to your new concrete patio, basement, or driveway, stamped concrete is a great way to add a special design that gives the appearance of expensive stone. Before beginning your project, there are several steps that must be taken to ensure that the ground is prepped. Continue reading as we break down some of the steps that our professional contractors use to prepare the ground for stamped concrete.
1. Preparing the subgrade and subbase
The subgrade is the natural soil that lies beneath your concrete, and the subbase is a layer of gravel on top of that with the purpose of increasing the load capacity of the concrete. Preparing these layers is a critical step, because without a stable foundation, concrete will crack and settle over time.
2. Placing the joints
Regarding stamped concrete in particular, the placement of the joints is especially important because misplacement of these joints may cause a disruption in the imprinted design.
For more information on the different types of concrete joints, check out our blog post “What are Concrete Joints Used For?”
After pouring the concrete, make sure that the concrete is properly reinforced to prevent cracking. After all, the last thing you need is a cracked driveway, especially when you paid extra for that special stamped design.
Rather than spending a fortune on expensive stone pavers or laying out tile brick patterns, stamped concrete is a great, cost-efficient way to spruce up your indoor or outdoor surface for a budget-friendly price. Regardless of your concrete goals, Port Aggregates has you covered. Contact us today to request a quote!