One of the appearances that are becoming more and more common in the world of driveways, walkways and patios is brick or stone. These types of materials have a wonderful look to them, and are a growing trend in the world today. However, they can be very costly, especially when you are trying to cover a large area. This is because they are normally sold by the brick or stone. Other problems include: becoming uneven after a while, weeds growing between cracks, and taking a long time to put in. With all of these complications, there is a much more simple option. It is stamped concrete. It can be colored to look like any material you would like, and then stamped to have the texture, without the cost or other downsides of stone and brick.
Add the cement to the mixer, following manufacturer's directions. Once the cement is in the mixer, add the stain and allow it to mix for at least 10 minutes.
Set your frame up in the area you are working, normally not exceeding 100 square feet.
Begin to pour the cement in the frame. It may look like there are color streaks in the concrete, but that is normal. Fill the area until it is ½ inch above the frame.
Use the screed board to start pushing the cement around, filling all of the spaces and corners.
Smooth the concrete out with the bull float. Ensure that you overlap your passes to avoid any lines in the concrete.
Spray the area you are going to stamp first with the liquid releasing agent. Also spray the stamp. This will allow you to stamp the concrete without removing the finish off of the concrete.
Place the stamp in the concrete, and continue repeating step 6 and 7 until you have completed the entire area.
Wait 3 to 5 days for the concrete to cure.
Mix one gallon of xylene with 5 tbsp of antiquing agent per 90 square feet of concrete in a sprayer, and shake for 1 minute.
Spray the concrete with the mixture. Do it evenly, but don't worry if there are some areas with more than others; this will only make it look more natural.
Allow the xylene to dry and then apply two coats of acrylic sealant to the surface of the concrete for protection.