Category Archives: Stamped concrete

Outdoor Kitchen, fireplaces, and stamped concrete in Kansas City

Here is a video showing the process of how to stamp a concrete patio and then some examples of stamped concrete options, patterns and colors. We also can add outdoor kitchens, pergolas, fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, and retaining walls to beautify your outdoor living space.

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Resealing and Coloring Stamped Concrete – Kansas City

Here is a video I put together of some recoloring and sealing stamped concrete patios that have faded.  Some are fixes that other contractors or homeowners messed up when trying to reseal that we had to help them fix…but that’s ok.

Stamped Concrete Kansas City

Just thought I would show some of the detail on this old granite stamped patio that was recently done. The face was stamped as well. Stamped Concrete in Kansas City

Stamping and Impressing concrete patios in the Kansas City metro

Stamping and Impressing concrete patios in the Kansas City metro
stone textured stamped patio in Lees Summit
stone textured stamped patio in Lees Summit

Stamped Concrete Sealer Problems in Kansas City

It seems I have seen a lot of stamped concrete patios lately that another contractor has messed up when applying the sealer resulting in white, flaking looking sealer.  Most of the time this is an easy fix, but more easily prevented.  Let me explain how this problem could happen;

  1. The concrete was not properly prepped and cleaned.  This could resulting in the sealer not bonding.
  2. The concrete was power washed (a good thing), but the sealer was applied while the concrete was still retaining too much water causing the sealer to want to escape the patio through the sealer itself turning it white.
  3. The patio was rained on or got wet without the sealer being dry.
  4. The concrete was not properly poured….was not poured with the proper amount of rock or any at all…
  5. Too much sealer was put on.  I see this one a lot.  The color didn’t turn out right…so the contractor thought, “hey, more sealer”.  This will cause the sealer to flake off.  Just like paint you don’t want to build.  Two thin coats will do.
  6. Incompatible sealers were used.  You can’t put a water based sealer on top of a solvent.  Generally solvent based acrylic sealers are used on stamped concrete for color pop and durability.

If you have any questions about sealing a concrete patio in Kansas City I would be happy to consult.  I’ve made a lot of contractor bloopers look good.

Chad,

kansascityconcrete.net

Patio Sealed when too wet

Patio Sealed when too wet

Fixed Concrete sealer issue

Fixed Concrete sealer issue

Transporting Concrete to Back Yard

There are many obstacles it seems we have to overcome when pouring a stamped concrete patio in Kansas City.  One of the biggest questions is…”How do you get the concrete to my backyard?”

Georgia buggy being filled with concrete from Geiger

Georgia buggy being filled with concrete from Geiger

Most all of the time a concrete truck can’t just pull up the the patio and pour so we use what is called a Georgia Buggy to transport the concrete from the street to the back yard.  These can easliy fit through most gates and are easy on the lawn. This helps us to get the concrete in place as quickly as possible so our stamp work is more consistant as appossed to using wheel baroows that don’t hold as much concrete at one time.

Stamped Concrete Kansas City

Stamped Concrete in Kansas City is on fire. Consumers are really beginning to realize the benefits of stamped concrete especially for patios. Not only are concrete patios  pocket book friendly, you don’t have the maintenance that you would have on a wood deck.  They also can easily be shaped and colored to fit the desires of the consumer.

Chad,

kansascityconcrete.net

Stamped Concrete patio in Kansas City

Stamped Concrete patio in Kansas City

Colored, Stamped and Impressed Concrete in Kansas City

Stamped concrete in Kansas City is becoming more and more popular. What the consumer of stamped concrete needs to know is that this means more contractors are trying to get into the field of stamped concrete. I am constantly reminded by seeing things in the market that…YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Concrete is such a final product. If an inexperienced contactor is hired your patio, pool deck, or whatever could end up not as desirable as you would have hoped. I see this all the time…..contractor Fred did a patio. Fred messed up the patio. Fred was paid for the patio. Fred doesn’t return phone calls and is never seen again. Homeowner calls Chad to help solve the problem of a bad stamped job. Chad has no solutions other than tearout and replace (90% of the time).

Homeowners….let me tell you something to help save you time and money…if someone bids your stamped patio for under $10 per square foot (it seems we are usually $12) they probably don’t know what they are doing. If you can live with poor workmanship fine….just remember tearout and do it again is how you fix it.