Pattern Imprint Concrete
Pattern imprinted, or stamped concrete, is a popular decorative technique for driveways, patios and paths.
Many different patterns for the finished slab are available, with the most popular being ashlar stone, cobbles and herringbone brick.
The process involves laying the special pattern imprint concrete mix, to form a concrete slab, applying a surface colour in powder form and then imprinting a pattern in the surface by means of special textured mats.
Once the concrete has gained sufficient strength, the surface is sealed.
This is not really a job suitable for the DIY enthusiast as it requires specialist tools. The pattern mats are relatively expensive and are intended for many re-uses. However, some suppliers/franchisees are willing to hire out their mats and supply colour hardeners etc. for one-off projects.
Ideal for: Driveways, patios and paths.