Concrete stamping is a wonderful solution for finishing indoor and outdoor floors, but did you know that you can also stamp and texture concrete on walls? It's true! You can add texture and patters to vertical surfaces to create an interesting and beautiful finish.
There are three techniques used to texture concrete walls: carving, stamping and using texturing skins. These techniques can be used individually or in combination with each other.
Carving – The use of hand tools to hand-carve texture into the concrete. This technique can be used to create custom patterns or used to detail and customize stamped concrete. Hand-carving the concrete is typically more expensive than other options because it does take more time to complete.
Stamping – The use of stamps to create patters into the concrete. This technique is oftentimes used to create designs with little texture, meaning the finish will not have as defined of a texture as walls finished using texturizing skins.
Texturizing with Skins – Texturizing skins are lightweight, rubber or polyurethane stamp-type pieces. They create a more textured and detailed finish than traditional stamping techniques.
Combination – For the most unique and detailed finish, a combination of these techniques can be used. Instead of having the exact combination of patterns throughout the wall, carving can be used to create grooves and divots that the skin or stamp to not leave.
To texture walls with concrete, you will need to use a special lightweight concrete. This concrete will dry as solid as traditional concrete, but the lightweight formula will prevent it from putting too much stress on the wall's structure.
Why would you texture a wall with concrete? Well, because it is a durable, easy-to-maintain finish that will withstand the abuse of changing climates and moisture. Another perk: it costs far less than you would pay to have real stonework completed on your walls.
A perk for using textured concrete for the interior walls of your basement is the water-resistant finish. Even if you have moisture problems, you will not need to worry about ripping the walls down to make repairs. If the basement were to flood or become excessively moist, you could find mold growth just as you would if the walls were studded and finished with drywall. The difference – you would not have to rip the walls out to the studs and replace any water-damaged materials. It's also easy to repair – you'd just need to get your hands on a concrete repair product.
Talk with your local concrete contractor to learn more about finishing your walls with textured concrete.