The process of stamping concrete is similar to any type of concrete pour. The place for the patio, walk or sidewalk is cleared and excavated to make room for gravel and concrete. The area is framed to the shape and style that was designed. A gravel base is added, 2-4 inches depending on local codes or engineering. Steel reinforcement is placed and then the concrete is ready to be poured. The customer has previously selected colors and stamp style. When the concrete arrives the proper color is added and mixed into the concrete. The concrete is then placed and smoothed to a trowel finish (similar to a garage floor). Once the concrete has set some it is checked for readiness to stamp. Once the proper set is confirmed the second color, release, is spread over the concrete. The stamps are then placed on the concrete and manually pounded into the concrete leaving the desired impression. Once the area is completed, the concrete is left to harden overnight. The following day the concrete is saw cut for control joints. When it is determined that the concrete has set enough it is pressured washed to remove the extra release and sealed when fully dry. The following day the area is ready for walking traffic. A full 7 days is necessary for cars. A typical job is three to four days.