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INTERIORS Stamp of concrete With the increasing interplay of aesthetics in India’s burgeoning construction sector, Decorative Stamped Concretes have now assumed great importance in terms of their usage, notably in flooring. If structural appearance and sustainability and manufacturing processes have today needs resetting or replacing. The could be considered the summum bonum leveraged the versatility and outlook of lifespan ensured through the usage of of construction, the Harappa and Mohenjo- concrete floors from a utilitarian mode to a such elements is in the average range daro civilisations offer stellar examples crucial aesthetic essence in a structure. of 20-30 years. of aesthetic techniques employed in the The product provides an imprinted pattern • Minimal maintenance: Normal surface sphere of construction. Across the ages that has a smooth surface between the materials such as pavers, granites or structural transformation has witnessed joint lines. The imprinting tools produce any stone blocks are less wear resistant great progress and enrichment, thanks to patterns in the surface of the concrete in and become loose, and result in tripping a constant technical evolution. much the same way as a cookie cutter cuts hazards. As against other surface A very discernable change is today seen patterns in cookie dough. The process is elements, stamped concrete is durable in the flooring segment, once largely achieved by pouring slab concrete into the in nearly every type of environment and unnoticed, thanks to the creative churn foundation and then pressing the pattern is better wear resistant. and waves of aesthetic innovation. The into the still-drying concrete paste. The • Reduced labour involvement: Unlike evolution of flooring construction from a process then leaves an impression which the installation paver blocks, tiles, rock solid stone base to homogenous mix will harden and gives the desired look of granites or marbles etc. stamped of cement and now to distinct coloured custom stone, brick, wood or slate. concrete’s advantage is that installers glossy mirror like surfaces could well The value of stamped concrete enables it find it more economical to pour concrete be considered as the true magic of to be utilised as an ideal solution for any and apply a pattern. This eliminates the construction. One such reformation type of construction activity. Today such process of individual laying of pavers being increasingly witnessed in the concrete floors are ubiquitous as witness or blocks. flooring sector is the advent and growing their presence in driveways, pathways, • Improved aesthetics: The usage of popularity of decorative and stamped theme parks, malls and even commercial stamped concrete allows for freedom to concretes. These concrete flooring and and industrial facilities. make a bold creative statement. Unique paving prototype add a distinctive structural paving designs can be made architectural touch to any project, together Key Benefits through unlimited combination of with the durability to stand up to the The stamped concrete involves value geometric patterns and colours. toughest traffic loads and environmental improvements including reduced costs, • Increased resale value of property: conditions. appealing outlook and easy maintenance. Stamped concrete add an instant The real benefits associated with the curb appeal and aesthetic value to a Versatile Product utilisation of stamped concrete products property. The ability to sustain distinct A growing trend in the world of are in terms of performance, cost savings climate, wear resistance and longer construction, a stamped concrete is and aesthetics. durability assures maintenance of the a concrete imprinted with a surface • Value based investment: Stamped structure and thereby guarantees a pattern. The advancements in texturing, concrete’s advantage is that it never prospective return on investment. u NOVEMBER 2014|construction opportunities 31
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