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Let's Get The Technology Of Creating Concrete Paver Molds

Increasingly, technologies appear in construction that are capable of creating works of art from familiar coatings and materials. Such a transformation is possible even with such an ordinary material as concrete. Through the use of polyurethane or metal dies, a boring concrete surface can look like stone pavers, wood flooring, or slate slabs. Such concrete is called stamped, printed, or pressed concrete paver molds.

The essence and possibilities of using this technology

Stamped concrete is ordinary concrete, on the surface of which decorative embossing is applied with special stamps. The relief pattern can imitate any material: brick, paving stones, boards, animal skins, weathered stone, cracked ground. You can pick up stamps with leaf patterns, dinosaur footprints, animal figurines. Stamped concrete is especially popular in the design of terraces, patios, areas near pools, garden paths, sidewalks, gazebos, floors in restaurants and exhibition halls. This technology becomes indispensable for complex restoration work. For example, when it is necessary to recreate the destroyed part of the old pavement. Finding exactly the same materials, aged naturally, is often not possible. And with the help of stamped concrete technology, exact copies of an existing old brick or half-worn stone are easily created.

Variety of stamps for printed concrete

The first dies for printed concrete were made of cast aluminum and were massive molds equipped with handles. Such matrices are well suited for imitating common brick or stone patterns. But they cannot copy complex textures. Modern polyurethane stamps are quite another matter. They are cast on real materials, the texture of which must be copied. As a result, incredibly authentic textural effects can be obtained using polyurethane molds. Ready-made stamps are available at many hardware stores or centers. When choosing, you should pay attention to the degree of rigidity of the form. The denser the stamp, the easier it is to create a clearly visible pattern with it. Forms that are too soft and pliable are more difficult to work with and require more effort during the printing process.

Self-production technology

The technology of stamped concrete is quite simple, but it is necessary to tackle it only with a certain amount of already existing skills in working with concrete. Otherwise, the result may be completely different from what you expected. Problems can arise for the following reasons: concrete hardens quickly, after which the use of stamps does not give a clear embossing on the surface; to perform embossing using stamps, you need to apply physical force; errors in embossing a concrete surface are difficult to correct; Stamped concrete technology requires the worker to use special tools to shape and smooth the surface. Once you are confident that you can deal with the potential problems, you can begin building the concrete pad and performing the stamping work.

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