Do you love the quaint country feel of natural stone pavers? If you already have a concrete surface, removing it can be a costly and difficult process. Before you rent that jackhammer, check out some of the fascinating ways you can recreate your surface.
The application of stamps or stencils can create several faux appearances that expertly mimic the real thing. You'll be happy to discover that there are stamps and stencils that will allow you to create faux pavers on your existing surface as well.
If you have existing concrete, look for a large stencil that represents the pattern of paver you love. Choose two or three stains that are close to the natural stone of the paver you are trying to imitate. Stains will look more natural than paints, and sticking with earth-tones or pastels will create more realistic results.
Before beginning, make sure your surface is clean of all dirt, biological growth, soils, and stains. Using the patterns, carefully paint each section, alternating the colors as necessary. Real pavers have some form of separation between them -- normally sand or concrete. You might choose another color to simulate the impression of division.
If you are working with fresh concrete, work with a special stamp that you can obtain from a concrete supplier. Pour one section at a time, and firmly press the stamp into place. You can dye the wet concrete with added pigments, or stain the top after it has cured. There are also special forms you can use that mold the concrete and can be removed after the concrete has set.
There are some captivating techniques that can be used on concrete these days, and many concrete contractors are becoming quite skilled in these artful methods. Request free estimates from our database of prescreened, certified concrete specialists to bring a fascinating design to your concrete surface.
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