Different Types of Concrete Stamps Require Different Materials

Concrete stamps can take a basic concrete project and bring it to the next level. These stamps are used to enhance a surface and make it look decorative by providing a textured detail imitating stone, brick, wood and much more. They are most often used to create decorative walkways, courtyards, patios, decks and on decorative vertical concrete applications.

Most stamps are made out of urethane rubbers as this material provides a range of Shore Hardness options, while remaining flexible and providing maximum abrasion resistance.

Producing stamps can be expensive, that’s why it’s important to understand how to pick the correct rubber for your needs. Stamps come in numerous types and flexibilities ranging from floppy to rigid. Three common types of stamps are stamp rollers, texturing skins and concrete mats.

Stamp rollers are used as imprinting tools on large scale projects, on slab corners and boarders where detail is not as critical. These stamps are popular with contractors because of their ease of use and can cover a lot of ground quickly.

It’s important to have an understanding of what to look for in regards to the type of rubber your stamp roller is made out of. Rollers work best when the concrete is still very soft. Because of the roller application, a harder durometer rubber is needed to imprint detail quickly. VFI would recommend our 3170 or 3180, for this application. This will help to insure maximum detail will be transferred to your project’s surface.

Texturing skins are used in vertical and decorative applications where flexibility would be necessary. These stamps are usually thin to reduce weight and make them more maneuverable on the job-site. Semi-rigid rubbers are used to allow the stamp to be more pliable and capture the curvature of a structure. These skins work best on surfaces with undulations, sloped areas and in flare ups like driveway aprons. VFI-3150 and 3160 provide the perfect amount of flexibility for challenging applications while still providing great casting detail.

Concrete mats are rigid and extremely firm. These mats are very large, and most of the time will have handles to help contractors lift and move them into place. The rigidity of concrete mats will help to leave a highly detailed impression. The polyurethane used in these stamps will range from a Shore A Hardness of 80 or higher (VFI-3180).

Interested in making your own concrete stamps? VFI has Technical Service Representatives willing to answer all of your stamping questions. Contact the VFI team at 1-800-307-9218.

Five Benefits of Precast Concrete Products

 

A recent study predicts that the global precast concrete market is expected to reach $130.11 Billion by 2025.

Precast concrete is a construction product that uses a reusable mold during the manufacturing process to form concrete into its desired shape. This method has many benefits over traditional methods.

It Saves Money

Traditionally concrete has been cast using steel or wood molds that take a long time to build, increasing labor costs. Most of the time these molds are used once and then discarded. Precast molds are commonly made from rubber and can be used hundreds of times before being replaced.

Versatility 

With multiple types of rubber, shore hardness and pot life options precast concrete products can be used in multiple applications. These applications include but are not limited to architectural concrete, cast veneer, stone, flexible form liners, sound walls, retaining walls and many more!

Control

Precast concrete pieces that are poured off-site are able to be manufactured in controlled environments, limiting the effects of bad weather and producing a more consistent product.

Aesthetics

Precast concrete products are more than just functional, they can be decorative too. These products can be molded into different configurations and shapes that can enhance your building project. Some design elements that can be incorporated into precast concrete products are stone patterns, masonry patterns, arches, cornices and many more!

Efficiency 

Products made using precast methods arrive on the job site ready to be installed. This eliminates the need to order raw materials, eliminates the time to set up forms and lowers labor cost.

Volatile Free, Inc. ® has noticed an increased demand for precast concrete products from its customer base and has created the 3100 Series line of rubbers to service those needs.

If your company is involved in precast concrete make sure to stop by booth S12453 at the World of Concrete. Not attending World of Concrete? No problem you can still request more information and samples of our 3100 Series by calling 800-307-9218.

 

 

New Product Alert: Urethane Rubbers 3100 Series

 

Volatile Free, Inc. ® is proud to announce the launch of the 3100 Series line of urethane rubbers.

The 3100 Series line of products are high-quality, two-part, easy-to-use liquid urethane mold rubbers that have excellent wear resistance.

“These products are easy to use, and can be poured, brushed or sprayed to prepared surfaces,” says VFI® President, Nancy Hochmuth.

The 3100 Series line of products offers users multiple advantages including:

  • High Tensile & Tear Strengths
  • Excellent Casting Detail
  • Easy-to-Use
  • Made from 100% Solids
  • Two Different Pot Life Options
  • Lasting Product Performance
  • Multiple Sizes Available

For more information on the 3100 Series product line visit our website at www.volatilefree.com, give us a call at 800-307-9218 or stop by our booth at the World of Concrete, Booth #S12453.

 

 

Be Our Guest

 

Volatile Free, Inc. ® is heading to Nashville, Tennessee for the International Roofing Expo held from February 11-13th at Music City Center. The International Roofing Expo is the premier trade event for the roofing construction and maintenance industry.

The Expo Hall has reached its maximum capacity and that means multiple opportunities to network, attend educational seminars, gain new product knowledge and have a little fun too.

Whether you’re an old friend or don’t know us yet we’d love to see you. Register now for a Free Expo or 10% Off Conference Super Pass. Make sure to stop by Booth #611, we’re looking forward to seeing you at the show!