Concrete Forms, Stamps, and Mats
If you would like to tailor your concrete, you can use specialized concrete stamps. Here you will find a wide assortment of concrete forms, stamps, and mats available to suit your needs.Why should you use concrete forms or stamps?
The forming properties of concrete stamps allow you to produce a variety of patterns while your blocks are still soft enough to take on other images. There are several advantages to using concrete forms to produce the designs you desire.
- Concrete stamping forms are available in several degrees of flexibility. Depending on the type of project youre completing, youll need to choose forms or stamps that will be either rigid or flexible. You can also purchase semirigid stamps if you need something that is not either totally rigid or totally floppy.
- The forming properties of these blocks or stamps mean that you can start a project with a pattern or idea in mind already. Concrete forms offer a basic starting point for your designs. If you have a rough idea in mind, you can search for concrete patterns that meet your criteria.
When youre ready to purchase a set of concrete forms, there are few tips you should keep in mind to ensure you get the tools you need.
- Do the mats you wish to buy fit together smoothly without leaving visible gaps?
- Is there any excess plastic hanging along the edges of any of the blocks?
- Do each of the stamps or concrete forms have handles? They should and these handles should be properly fixed to the structures and not protruding from the bottom of the concrete blocks.
- Did you check the textures of each of the patterns in the concrete stamps? They should be sharp, crisp, realistic, and free of any bubbles or other blemishes.
- Is the weight of each block or concrete form light enough for one person to manage but sturdy enough to support several people if necessary?
Once youve purchased your choice of forms or concrete stamps, there are few simple guidelines to follow in order to get the effects you want.
- There are codes on each tool, usually with a specific number or letter designations. These codes help you to differentiate between the concrete stamps during your work. This is good because you can then avoid repeating a specific pattern too much if your goal is a project that looks realistic.
- Because concrete starts to harden after pouring, you have a limited window in which to imprint a pattern. Make sure youre able to do the job in one time period without interruption.
- Use only floppy mats to stamp down on the patterned concrete forms.