02 June 2020

Table of Contents for 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 could be considered the summum bonum of construction, the Harappa and Mohenjo-daro civilisations offer stellar examples of aesthetic techniques employed in the sphere of construction. Across the ages structural transformation has witnessed great progress and enrichment, thanks to a constant technical evolution.
A very discernable change is today seen in the flooring segment, once largely unnoticed, thanks to the creative churn and waves of aesthetic innovation. The evolution of flooring construction from a rock solid stone base to homogenous mix of cement and now to distinct coloured glossy mirror like surfaces could well be considered as the true magic of construction. One such reformation being increasingly witnessed in the flooring sector is the advent and growing popularity of decorative and stamped concretes. These concrete flooring and paving prototype add a distinctive architectural touch to any project, together with the durability to stand up to the toughest traffic loads and environmental conditions.

Versatile Product
A growing trend in the world of construction, a stamped concrete is a concrete imprinted with a surface pattern. The advancements in texturing, and manufacturing processes have today leveraged the versatility and outlook of concrete floors from a utilitarian mode to a crucial aesthetic essence in a structure.
The product provides an imprinted pattern that has a smooth surface between the joint lines. The imprinting tools produce patterns in the surface of the concrete in much the same way as a cookie cutter cuts patterns in cookie dough. The process is achieved by pouring slab concrete into the foundation and then pressing the pattern into the still-drying concrete paste. The process then leaves an impression which will harden and gives the desired look of custom stone, brick, wood or slate.
The value of stamped concrete enables it to be utilised as an ideal solution for any type of construction activity. Today such concrete floors are ubiquitous as witness their presence in driveways, pathways, theme parks, malls and even commercial and industrial facilities.

Key Benefits
The stamped concrete involves value improvements including reduced costs, appealing outlook and easy maintenance.  The real benefits associated with the utilisation of stamped concrete products are in terms of performance, cost savings and aesthetics.
Value based investment: Stamped concrete’s advantage is that it never needs resetting or replacing. The lifespan ensured through the usage of such elements is in the average range of 20-30 years.
Minimal maintenance: Normal surface materials such as pavers, granites or any stone blocks are less wear resistant and become loose, and result in tripping hazards. As against other surface elements, stamped concrete is durable in nearly every type of environment and is better wear resistant.
Reduced labour involvement: Unlike the installation paver blocks, tiles, granites or marbles etc. stamped concrete’s advantage is that installers find it more economical to pour concrete and apply a pattern. This eliminates the process of individual laying of pavers or blocks.
Improved aesthetics: The usage of stamped concrete allows for freedom to make a bold creative statement. Unique structural paving designs can be made through unlimited combination of geometric patterns and colours.
Increased resale value of property: Stamped concrete add an instant curb appeal and aesthetic value to a property. The ability to sustain distinct climate, wear resistance and longer durability assures maintenance of the structure and thereby guarantees a prospective return on investment.

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