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A Brief History of Creative and Stamped Concrete


Most people’s idea of concrete evokes a mental image of a gray uninteresting slab of building material. Sidewalks. Bumper blocks. Traffic barricades. Recent trends in decorative and stamped concrete, however, are revolutionizing the way people think about this age-old building material. Bomanite Artistic Concrete and Pools is at the forefront of the artistic concrete craft, finding new and creative ways to stamp concrete for colorful and entrancing results.

Concrete is nothing new. The ancient Romans knew a thing or two about it when they built their roads and various structures that still stand today— like the famous Colosseum. That amazing structure is a testament to the durability and longevity of the material, though the Roman recipe was slightly different than it is in modern days. Many people, however, may not be aware of the full history and alternative genre of creative and stamped concrete.

The Pioneers of Creative Concrete

People began experimenting with colors in concrete in the early twentieth century. One of the first pioneers of the field was Lynn Scofield, who is often credited as the first to manufacture color hardeners and integral color for concrete. His company L.M Scofield Company is said to have built structures in the homes of renowned figures like Charlie Chaplin and Groucho Marx. He is also credited with being one of the first to manufacture ready to use products of chemical stains that were used in public and luxury homes around 1920-1940.

Around the 1970’s the market for stamped concrete grew considerably and during this time some of the commonly used methods and uses were developed. Contractors figured out that the method had many advantages, was often cheaper and could yield creative results. Around 1950’s further inventions by people like Brad Bowman in the tools and process for stamping patterns came into the scene and spread, due to the fact that the process itself allowed for anyone to experiment with their own patterns and design. Bowman first explored imprinting several pattern units at a time; he tried using stamps made from wood, to sheet metal, to cast aluminum platforms.

Later came the urethane stamps that were light and long-lived and in the 1970’s a stamp made of plastic that imprinted both pattern and texture on fresh concrete. This, along with other developments in concrete stains and colors, helped the creative concrete industry thrive and expand into other areas. Creative contractors began using stained patterns in countertops, pool decks, and more.

Since then an entire field of creative and stamped concrete has made for incredible works of art and displays of unique visions throughout the world. Today stamped concrete can be used to emulate patterns of tile, wood planks, textured stone, or custom designs and all in a smooth slick finish that requires less maintenance and lasts longer.

Choose Elegance with Bomanite

Bomanite Artistic Concrete and Tools embraces the long tradition of creative and stamped concrete yet is always pushing new artistic boundaries to further explore the possibilities of this incredible building material. We aim to construct high quality, durable, and beautiful structures that transform your house, pool deck, driveway, or patio.

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