There are plenty of finishings more or less conventional, such as sandstone, travertine, terrazzo, parquet or solid wood, floors etc. They are very beautiful and come in a huge variety of colors, textures; however, the new trend seems to be the stamped concrete used for the interior decorations.
You may wonder why anyone would want to have a concrete floor, ceiling and walls. Until now, it has been associated with industrial exteriors, as it is a highly durable material that looks great in modern, vintage, industrial, minimalist or rustic decor. The condition is that workers who are responsible with the casting and finishing of concrete floors to be really skilled. But let's see what are the differences between the two types of flooring, what it is and how stamped concrete is done.
In recent years, stamped concrete began to be used more often for the exterior, paving courtyards, walkways, parking lots, but also in vertical plating of walls and exterior walls, or inclined plating, successfully replacing traditional concrete pavers and tiles.
Basically, the surface that is going to be finished must be cleaned, neeted and levelled perfectly, and then covered with a layer of concrete poured over a mesh and a bed of gravel. Perfect leveling of concrete is essential in getting a beautiful result. For this purpose use some telescopic notched leveling devices. A few hours after casting, when the material is still sufficiently moist to be printed, but hardened enough that it does not deform under high pressure, start coloring and fingerprinting the surface by yourself.
Sprinkle a powder of colored pigment over the entire surface uniformly and then, using special molds that are pressed against the concrete by ironing or by tapping with a rolling pin, print the desired pattern. Finally, after complete drying, surface wash, degrease well and cover with a special varnish. Those who wish may deepen it with flex joints between the apparent slabs and can then cover with a special putty or silicon, thus strengthening the feeling of having a surface covered with real tiles.
Stamped concrete in interior design. In interior design stamped concrete is used rarely, because it is considered an “acquired taste” preferred by those individuals whose daring personality want to take things to an extreme, including when it comes to interior design. Most often it can be found in hotels, restaurants, hostels and other facilities of this kind. It is more popular in residential spaces, but the concrete is polished.
Finished surfaces are not warm, such as floor or parquet, but is suitable to be used in spaces equipped with underfloor heating. And if you like rustic or industrial scenery and can not find tiles that complement the inside your home the way you want, turn to concrete imprinting technique that will help you achieve a decorative floor unit that is beautiful and especially lasting.
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