Stamped concrete a growing trend in Indianapolis
We asked Van and Vicki Croshier, owners of Van Croshier Concrete in Fishers, to impress us with facts about stamped concrete.
What concrete services do you offer?
"We do driveways, patios, pool decks and walkways in plain concrete, exposed pea gravel, and colored and stamped finishes. We also install foundations for new construction."
What's stamped concrete?
"It's when you use a stamp to emboss the surface of wet concrete with a pattern. There are many patterns available that look like brick, cobblestone, random stone or even wood plank. Stamped concrete also allows you to have a slate pattern that resembles actual slate, but it's much more affordable."
Can you explain the process of stamping concrete?
"Most concrete is poured 4 inches thick, but we have to make it 5 inches thick to allow for the stamp to mark the surface. Once it's the right consistency, we use a skin stamp. It's a floppy rubber sheet that gives concrete texture. We then use another stamp that looks like a giant cookie cutter to make the shapes. To finish, we use hand tools to give finer detail to the pattern and use an acrylic sealer to preserve the design."
How do you get different colored concrete and what options exist?
"A powdered dye is added to the concrete truck to be mixed throughout the entire material. That way if the concrete chips, you don't see the original color peeking through. We have more than 15 colors to choose from. Most of the colors are neutrals like taupe, beige or gray. We also have different shades of red to mimic the look of brick. Green and blue are also available, but they are much more expensive, as they require a two-step process. Since concrete is gray, we have to turn it white before making it green or blue. Surface staining is also available on concrete that's never been sealed - so the stain can penetrate the surface."
Is stamped concrete more expensive than traditional?
"Stamped concrete costs about 60 percent more, but the material is more expensive, as well as labor costs to complete the stamping. There's a lot of extra time and extra steps involved in the process such as stamping, detailing and sealing."
What's the most lavish stamped job you've done?
"We just completed an impressive 2,600-square-foot driveway in Carmel that cost around $20,000. It was plain concrete with tan-colored stamped borders and had horizontal sections of the same color that break up the plain concrete. It's extremely beautiful."