Stencil concrete by Surrey Driveways

The basic steps to stenciling concrete

Stenciling can be done in both freshly placed concrete or in existing concrete that has been covered by an overlay.

Applying the stencils After the team place the concrete, they screed, float and edge the slab in the usual manner and then place the stencils on the surface while the concrete is still wet but free of excessive bleed water.

Placement requires two people, with one person holding the stencil roll while the other person holds the uncoiled end on the opposite side of the slab.

Once the stencil is laid down on the slab, it's plastered to the surface with a special stencil roller.

The stencil is placed and worked one strip at a time.

Because the stencils are die cut, the strips must be aligned in a specific manner to ensure pattern continuity, similar to aligning strips of patterned wallpaper.

After the entire slab is covered, our team use a pair of scissors to trim the stencil to about 1/8 inch inside the form boards (this allows for the stencil to swell a bit).

A hand float is then used to stick down the edges.

The next step is to hand broadcast color hardener onto the surface (at the manufacturer's recommended rate) and work it into the slab with a bullfloat. This process is best done immediately after stencil application, while the concrete surface still has enough moisture to be absorbed by the hardener.

Color hardener is cast onto the slab and worked into the surface.

Adding texture With stone or brick stencil patterns, the use of a texture roller or seamless texture skins will give the surface a more realistic, slightly roughened profile.

With tile patterns, there is no need to texture the slab, Instead, a fresno or trowel can be used to smooth over any imperfections.

Before texturing, a liquid or powdered antiquing release agent is applied to the surface.

When the slab is firm enough to accept the roller's weight and still plastic enough to receive the texture, workers can begin to go over the slab with the roller.

Where the roller creates depressions in the surface, the pigment leaves shadows that mimic natural color variations.

Surrey Driveways have rollers with different textures to produce a variety of decorative effects.

Lifting the stencil from the slab surface and Revealing the results.

This is when the "wow!" factor comes into play and the pattern is revealed. The last piece of stencil laid is removed first, with a person standing on either side of the slab and lifting the stencil straight up from the ends.

A day or two after the pour, we clean off the release agent, saw cut the control joints and seal the slab surface with resin.

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Stencil Patterns