{{ propApi.closeIcon }}
Our industry
Our industry $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Housing industry insights Economics Data & forecasts Tailored research and analysis Advocacy & policy Advocacy Policy priorities Position statements Submissions News and inspiration Industry news Member alerts Media releases HOUSING Online
Business support
Business support $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Become an apprentice host Hire an apprentice Why host a HIA apprentice? Apprentice partner program Builder & manufacturer program Industry insurance Construction legal expenses insurance Construction works insurance Home warranty insurance Tradies & tool insurance Planning & safety solutions Building & planning services How can safety solutions help you? Independent site inspections Solutions for your business Contracts Online HIA Tradepass HIA SafeScan Advertise jobs Trusted support & guidance Contracts & compliance support Professional services Industrial relations Member savings Toyota vehicles The Good Guys Commercial Fuel savings See all
Resources & advice
Resources & advice $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Building it right Building codes Australian standards Getting it right on site See all Building materials & products Concrete, bricks & walls Getting products approved Use the right products for the job See all Managing your business Dealing with contracts Handling disputes Managing your employees See all Managing your safety Falls from heights Safety rules Working with silica See all Building your business Growing your business Maintaining your business See all Other subjects COVID-19 Getting approval to build Sustainable homes See all
Careers & learning
Careers & learning $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
A rewarding career Become an apprentice Apprenticeships on offer Frequently asked questions Study with us Find a course to suit you Qualification courses Learning on demand A job in the industry Get your builder's licence Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Find jobs
HIA community
HIA community $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Join HIA Sign me up How do I become a member? What's in it for me? Mates rates Get involved Become an award judge Join a committee Partner with us Our initiatives HIA Building Women GreenSmart Kitchen, bathroom and design hub Get to know us Our members Our people Our partners Support for you Charitable Foundation Mental health program
Awards & events
Awards & events $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Awards Awards program People & Business Awards GreenSmart Australian Housing Awards Awards winners Regional Award winners Australian Housing Award winners 2024 Australian Home of the Year Enter online Industry events Events in the next month Economic outlook National Conference Events calendar
HIA products
HIA products $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Shop @ HIA Digital Australian Standards Contracts Online Shipping & delivery Purchasing T&Cs See all Products Purchase NCC 2022 Building codes & standards Economic reports Hard copy contracts Guides & manuals
About Contact Newsroom
$vuetify.icons.faMapMarker Set my location Use the field below to update your location
Change location
{{propApi.text}} {{region}} Change location
{{propApi.successMessage}} {{region}} Change location

$vuetify.icons.faPhone1300 650 620

Install stamped concrete correctly

Ensuring that stamped concrete is laid correctly involves planning and management on the part of the applicator. Sub-standard work can result in poor colour consistency, peeling or flaking surfaces, crusting, wearing of colour finishes, shrinkage, cracking, inadequate concrete cover and poor stamping of patterns.

Concrete stamping: What to look for

You should look out for the following when installing concrete stamping:

  • Failure to apply two base coats of colour hardener. Colours pale with little depth or lustre
  • Using the release colour coating as the second colour application. Again, pale colours can be more prone to wearing or fading
  • Not applying colour at the specified rate. Pale colours or blotching of the surface can result when colours are applied unevenly
  • Reinforcement is too shallow resulting in corrosion. Stamped depth can be up to 200mm
  • Working colour into a surface that is too wet or using colour powder as a ‘drier’ can result in crusting of the surface, peeling, drummy surfaces or surface crazing
  • Inadequate removal of release agent, causing colour lifting
  • Placing concrete too wet, resulting in shrinkage cracking
  • Crack inducement strips’ – placing too late can result in a rearing effect on the surface. If the reinforcement is too close to the surface, adjoining areas are disturbed with cracks either side of the strip
  • Control joints not correctly spaced, causing excessive shrinkage cracking
  • To prevent the effects of hot, dry or windy weather, use wind breaks, reduce the size of the pour, use more labour, wait for a cooler part of the day, or cover the concrete.

Use of Stencilcrete

Stencilcrete can experience the same problems as stamped concrete, but common issues associated with it are:

  • Placing the stencil on excessively wet concrete where it goes in too deep
  • Placing the stencil on drying concrete and achieving an inadequate bond
  • When the stencil is removed, it pulls away the edges of the coloured surface.

Ensuring a proper seal

Poor sealing can result in surface contamination and reduced durability. If the sealer is applied too early before the surface has hardened, colour surface can be dislodged or, when applied with a broom, colour can be dragged across the surface.

It’s best to apply sealers with a spray or roller when the surface is still drying (after approximately four hours in hot weather) or wait until the surface has hardened sufficiently to broom on the sealer.

To find out more, contact HIA's Building Services team.

Email us

Share with your network:
More articles on:
{{ tag.label }} {{ tag.label }} $vuetify.icons.faTimes
Find the latest expert advice, guides and much more!

Contracts Online 


The industry’s go-to digital platform. 

No matter the size of the job, a watertight building contract is critical to protect your business, and the current climate presents a great opportunity to go digital with your contracts.

Take me there

Business support


Supporting building professionals with custom built services and products.

  • Contracts and compliance support
  • Contracts Online
  • Host an apprentice
  • Insurance Services
  • Managing safety
  • Savings for members and much more!

Explore Business support

You may consider buying

AS 2870-2011 Residential slabs and footings

This Standard set out the criteria for the classification of a site and the design and construction of a slab or footing system for a single dwelling house, garage, townhouse or similar structure.

AS 3600:2018 Concrete structures

This Standard sets out minimum requirements for the design and construction of concrete building structures and members that contain reinforcing steel or tendons, or both. It also sets out minimum requirements for plain concrete p...

AS 3700:2018 Masonry Structures

This Standard sets out minimum requirements for the design and construction of masonry of the following types: (a) Unreinforced, reinforced and pre-stressed masonry using manufactured units of clay or concrete laid in mortar. (b) ...

AS 4773.2:2015 Masonry in small buildings, Part 2: Construction

This Standard sets out design and construction practices for masonry in small buildings, such as houses, garages, small warehouses and the like.

AS 5146.1:2015 Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete, Part 1: Structures

The Standard provides the minimum requirements for the design and construction of structures incorporating Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (Reinforced AAC) members, including built in components, for use by architects engin...

AS 5146.2:2018 Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete, Part 2: Design

This Standard specifies requirements and sets out methods for the determination of the characteristic properties of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete members (Reinforced AAC), with a thickness not less than 50 mm, for use in ...

AS 5146.3:2018 Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete, Part 3: Construction

This Standard sets out requirements for construction using Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (Reinforced AAC) members conforming with AS 5146.1 and AS 5146.2, including associated fixings, flashings and control joints. This S...