One request we regularly get here at ACS is to create outdoor spaces that include fire pits and stamped concrete. Adding these landscaping design elements to your patio or backyard allow you to have a great space to entertain friends and family. Fire pits and stamped concrete can also increase your home’s resale value if you ever decided to move. Installing these two things at the same time is one of the most efficient ways to transform your patio area.
Stamped Concrete and Fire Pit Installation
We will be honest, the installation of stamped concrete and a fire pit can be a bit time consuming depending on the scope of your project, but the pay off once your project is completed is well worth it. With that being said, let’s look at what this installation process looks like.
Pouring and Setting Stamped Concrete
Leveling the Soil: The first thing your concrete contractor will do after you hire them is level the ground in the area you want the stamped concrete to be poured. This step is extremely important and should be done with great care. The soil must be well-compacted and perfectly level to prevent it from eroding under the concrete.
Setting Up Forms and Reinforcements: The next step is setting up forms and reinforcements. These are important because they help control cracking, provide structural intergrity, increase impact resistance, and reduce joint maintenance.
Pouring the Concrete: Once reinforcements are in place, the concrete can be poured. The mix your concrete contractor uses is crucial to successful concrete placement. This is why it is important to hire a reputable company that knows what type of mix is best suited for the project.
Leveling the Poured Concrete: After the concrete is poured, the crew will immediately start leveling the concrete to prepare it for stamping. Once the concrete is perfectly level color can be added; make sure you discuss color options with your contractor well before they arrive to install your concrete.
Stamping: The actual stamping must be done quickly after the concrete is poured and colored. It is important that the company you hire is well versed when it comes to stamping concrete because precision is key. The concrete needs to be stamped in the same sequence it was placed. Your contractor should be verifying that the correct patterning is being followed to achieve your desired outcome.
Curing and Sealing: The last step for installing stamped concrete involves curing and sealing. With proper sealing and curing, concrete becomes denser and less permeable. Ask your concrete contractor how long it takes for your new patio to completely cure and dry.
Adding a Fire Pit
We always suggest adding a fire pit and stamped concrete simultaneously in order to give your outdoor space a more cohesive look. Concrete is incredibly resilient and will not be damaged by the fire pit. You will need to decide what type of fire pit you would like and reiterate that to your contractor. The contractor will then decide what concrete additives he will need to create a durable fire pit. The time it takes to add a fire pit will depend on the size of the pit, materials used, and weather conditions.
If you would like to know more about concrete and fire pit installation in the Kansas City, Overland Park, or Spring Hill area, contact ACS today! Click here to see photos of projects we have completed in the past.