Today, the leading edge of concrete is a process called pattern stamping. This process involves “stamping” or “impressing” three dimensional patterns into coloured concrete with special stamping tools. When the stamping is complete, the product is then sealed, highlighting the colours and providing greater stain and weather resistance. The result is a surface that combines the beauty of masonry with the durability of concrete.
Some of the most common pattern choices include but are not limited to: slate, brick, granite, cobblestone, tile, flagstone, seamless texture, and more. It is also a common practice to use multiple patterns and colours together with custom edges, and centrepieces.
Colours and patterns for stamped concrete are often chosen to blend with other stone or tile elements at the residence. Complex designs incorporating steps, courtyards, and fountains can be achieved. Stamped concrete can also be blended with other decorative concrete elements such as exposed aggregate finishes.