I can match that color!
No, you can’t. Color is tricky business and photographs of concrete stamp jobs will look only as accurate as your computer or phone allows and still may not be that accurate. Do not guarantee that a color will come out exactly the same as a picture. Let your customer know that what looks like a soft beige in a picture on a website may in fact be nothing close to a soft beige. If you are unfamiliar with a color combination, make a sample and show your customer ahead of time.
An easy rule to remember, if you are beginner (or homeowner) attempting to stamp concrete for the first time, don’t pick a pattern that is complicated. Stick to the easier stamps like a seamless concrete stamp. Seamless stamps are easier because you can lay them down in any direction as long as they overlap so you won’t have to think too much on what goes here and what goes there. Seamless stamps are also a great way to learn about the timing of stamped concrete. How long will it take you to use a 12” x 12” based tamper on a 5’ x 5’ seamless stamp (you have to hit every inch of that stamp) and get the 1,000 sf job done before the concrete gets hard? By using a seamless stamp there won’t be any mortar lines or grout lines to touch up either. Remember, the stamp is only going to do so much. Touch up and hand tooling are a necessary part of concrete stamping. If you select a brick pattern, get ready to touch up many of those mortar lines and be prepared because it’s going to take more time. So if you are a beginner, learn with the seamless stamps.
Laying the Stamps Down Wrong
Don’t guess. Ask for a guide on how to lay the stamps down if you are unfamiliar with them. We have several placement guides that can show you the correct way to lay a particular pattern down. Don’t wait until the concrete is getting hard to figure out you’re not sure about what you are doing.
Okay we all know it by heart, I need the stamps “yesterday.” Concrete Stamping is often an outdoor activity dependent on Mother Nature and timing is critical to making that end of the year profit. Squeezing in as many jobs as possible is key and we’re very familiar with the homeowner that’s having the outdoor party or wedding and needs the job done NOW. That said, don’t rely on the stamps or color arriving perfectly and according to what you were told. We tell you what we are told and provide delivery dates based on lots of factors completely out of our control. Like UPS. Time and again I’ve had a contractor schedule concrete on the date that the stamps are supposed to arrive. Then something happens like the UPS guy drop kicked your box of stamps off the truck because he just won the lottery. (It could happen.) That crucial butterfly your homeowner wanted could be missing. Lots of things could happen. You get the point. Check every delivery of stamps and supplies upon receipt and allow time for errors.
How many jobs get destroyed by not following the directions when applying sealer? You’ve seen it, color coming up or white clouds in the concrete. Know your sealer. Know the manufacturers guidelines. Data Sheets are available for all of the products we sell. Ask the key questions ahead of time.