Imprinted Concrete Colours & Patterns

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Imprinted concrete colours & patterns – a design to suit every driveway

One of the advantages of pattern imprinted concrete is the extremely wide choice of colours and patterns which are available. As with concrete block paving, just a few designs will account for the bulk of pattern imprinted concrete installations but as long as a printing mat exists which reflects the exact surface of a natural paving product, it can be reproduced in pattern imprinted concrete. Some of the most popular designs include reproductions of York Stone or cobbles, old style bricks in a basket weave or herringbone style, ashlar slate or timber decking.

Occasionally two or more imprinted concrete patterns can be included in the same driveway or patio area to identify different areas of use such as for car parking and footpaths, though this can equally be achieved by using different colours.  Some patterns are more suited for pedestrian access than others and care should be taken when choosing an imprinted pattern that it is not too uneven to make walking on it a hazard. For example, ladies in high heels would find the relatively smooth surface of a driveway finished with a slate pattern much easier to walk on than that of a deep jointed cobble stone.

Popular designs of pattern imprinted concrete

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - old brick basketweave

Old Brick Basket Weave

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - old brick herringbone

Old Brick Herringbone

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - new brick herringbone

New Brick Herringbone

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - old brick red course

Old Brick Bed Course

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - new brick basket weave

New Brick Basket Weave

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - country cobblestone

Country Cobblestone

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - deep joint slate cobblestone

Deep Joint Slate Cobblestone

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - European fan

European Fan

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - London cobblestone

London Cobblestone

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - old English cobblestone

Old English Cobblestone

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - slate circle

Slate Circle

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - split rubblestone

Split Rubble Stone

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - large random stone

Large Random Stone

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - small random stone

Small Random Stone

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - standard random stone

Standard Random Stone

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - York stone

York Stone

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - Royal ashlar slate

Royal Ashlar Slate

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - random ashlar stone

Random Ashlar Stone

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - grand ashlar slate

Grand Ashlar Slate

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - large ashlar slate

Large Ashlar Slate

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - standard ashlar stone

Standard Ashlar Stone

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - ashlar slate

Ashlar Slate

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - California weave

California Weave

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - sidewalk stone

Sidewalk Stone

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - hardwood floor

Hardwood Floor

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns - Pacific boardwalk

Pacific Boardwalk

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns – creating the desired finish

The final colour appearance of a pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio area is achieved by applying two different colour pigments during the installation process. The first one is a colour surface hardener which is the chosen pigment and cement, supplied in a drum, most commonly as a powder mixture. This is scattered onto the trowelled surface of the concrete and (as its name suggests), both colours the top surface of the concrete and hardens it due to the cement content. This powder is trowelled into the surface and prior to the printing part the installation process a further powdered pigment is added to create a more realistic antiqued effect.

Just as with the colour surface hardener, the antique release agent has two jobs to do. One is to enhance the appearance of the coloured concrete and the other to make it easier to lift the printing mats from the surface of the newly pressed concrete without spoiling the pattern. Without antique release agent the suction effect of the printing mats would distort the intended pattern as the mats are lifted.

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns – Colour Surface Hardener
         
Charcoal (CM314) Slate Grey (CM348) Steel Grey (CM351) Platinum Grey (CM336) Silver Grey (CM341)
         
Mahogany (CM313) Deep Tan (CM316) Tudor Brown (CM311) Rustic Sandstone (CM308) Bideford Buff (CM317)
         
Avon Stone (CM357) Purbeck Stone (CM306) Biscuit (CM334) Sandstone Buff (CM321) Deep Red (CM307)
         
Plum (CM301) Terracotta (CM320) Brick Red (CM315) Champagne Pink (CM335) Slate Green (CM343)
         
Steadman Buff (CM344) Lawn Green (CM302) Slate Blue (CM310) Pool Blue (CM325) Unpigmented (CM300)

Antique release agent colours are designed to complement the colour surface hardener pigments and a typical driveway imprinted with a cobblestone pattern may have a platinum grey colour surface hardener with highlights of charcoal antique release agent. The darker antique release agent pigment will stain the concrete in the joints and creases of the cobblestone surface to create a more realistic and natural effect. When initially applied however, it appears that there has been too much antique release agent applied and the driveway surface is much darker than required.

Several days after the installation, the driveway is washed off prior to a sealant applied and the surface takes on the colour it was intended to be. There is a major caveat here though, as colours from brochures and photographs can only be taken as an approximation to the final result.

Imprinted concrete colours & patterns – Antique Release Agent
         
Charcoal Classic Grey Platinum Grey Mahogany Chocolate
         
Tan Beige Tile Red Slate Green Plum
Imprinted concrete colours & patterns – over 7,500 colour combinations

The major suppliers of consumables for pattern imprinted concrete will offer as many as 25 different colour surface hardeners (CSH) and 10 or so antique release agent colours – this alone suggests up to 250 combinations of final surface colouring, and that’s without including multi-blends where more than one CSH colour is mixed together. Add to that the choice of almost 30 common styles of printing mat and you have 7,500 different combinations of colour surface hardener, antique release agent and imprinted pattern. Include multi-blended colour surface hardeners and there are a practically infinite number of colour and pattern combinations.

That said, in order to replicate a natural product, most of the patterns which can be achieved will only be credible if they are shown in a colour which nature intended them to have. For example, a red brick basket weave finish or a grey slate surface.