There are many ways to install and stamp your own concrete floor to add a unique sense of style to your home or business in Milwaukee. Many people choose to hire a local company to do the heavy lifting for them, which in many cases is the best option. However, for those do-it-yourselfers out there, this article will highlight the benefits, and tips for installing and stamping your very own concrete floor. One of the main benefits is the sense of accomplishment and creative freedom stamping your own concrete allows. But, what is stamped concrete (also known as imprinted or textured concrete)? It’s a style of laying concrete to look like something else (brick, wood, etc.), or imprinting designs directly into the stone.
As with anything else, if you or someone you know has any construction experience-or even better, any experience laying concrete-ask them for help. Otherwise, YouTube is a great place to start, it offers tons of videos from home improvement specialists and amateur alike. Be sure not only to watch a few including amateur videos, it is equally as helpful to see how someone failed, as it is to see how they succeeded. Once you’ve been introduced to the art of installing concrete floors, you’ll need to do some research to find the proper materials, as well as where in Milwaukee you can get all the supplies you’ll need. When thinking of an idea for the style of stamp you plan to use on your floor, keep in mind that the more complicated the stamp, the harder it will be to imprint. Many people choose to use a rustic wood or brick stamp, but with the right idea and proper skill set, artists have been able to create some very impressive imprint art.
Laying and stamping concrete is fairly simple though it can be physically tolling, especially without the right tools. Once you’ve done all the necessary research and measurements, Milwaukee has plenty of places to purchase the things you need to prep, pour, smooth, and design your personal concrete floor. Schmitzmix.com is a valuable online resource servicing Milwaukee and the surrounding areas. Here you can find everything from contractors and supplies, to informational links. If you prefer shopping for materials in a physical storefront Home Depot should have everything you need to make your ideal floor. The benefit of going to Home Depot or your local hardware/construction store is being able to get input from its employees. A lot of hardware store clerks are knowledgeable on many aspects of home improvement, as well as being fellow do-it-yourself. Find someone who has had hands-on experience laying concrete if they are available, otherwise find the most experienced clerk you can to guide you and ensure you get all the supplies you’ll need to lay your floor.
Now that you’ve got your design, finished all the research, gotten all the necessary materials and supplies, you’re ready to install your floor. It may help to review some YouTube videos, or even choose one tutorial to follow while you lay your concrete. Ensure that you’ve prepared everything necessary for your imprint before beginning to pour the wet mix. After the cement has been placed, apply any final touched to the moist mixture before it sets. Use your tools to apply the texture you are interested in achieving or to smooth away unnecessary rough patches.
Finally, after all the research and heavy lifting, gaze down upon your sleek new floor with pride. For many, the thought of installing and stamping a concrete floor in their own house (or anywhere else for that matter) can be daunting. As stated in this article earlier, for many home and business owners, hiring a company or contractor may be more costly in the long run, but will save the time and labor necessary for those hardcore do-it-yourself out here. With so many options for installing your Milwaukee decorative concrete floor, what are you waiting for? Before you know you can be walking on art in your own home.