One of the top requests that we commonly get here at Stamped Concrete Denver is to build fire pits with stamped concrete in backyards.
Not only can having a fire pit add value to your home, it also gives you a great space to spend quality time with friends and family. Sitting around the campfire while roasting marshmallows at night is always a great way to forge special memories with those you love.
When building a stamped concrete fire pit at your place, we will follow the following process:
Preparing Your Soil
The first step to building a fire pit will be to prepare your soil. This is because the soil will need to be properly leveled before the stamped concrete can be poured. This step is critically important and requires a high degree of care in order to accomplish. The soil needs to be as compacted as possible in order to ensure that it will not erode or fall apart under your concrete, and this is why it requires professional work.
Pouring The Concrete
We will begin the actual process of pouring concrete once the soil has been properly leveled and compacted. We will put reinforcements in place to increase impact resistance and ensure structural integrity, and then we will pour in the concrete and begin leveling it out to get it ready for stamping.
Stamping can only begin once the concrete has been perfectly leveled out. Precision is key here and this is why seeking the professional help of an experience company like us is so important. It’s also vitally important that the concrete be stamped in the same sequence in which it was originally placed. The contractor assigned to your house will verify the correct patterning beforehand.
The final step is to cure and seal the fire pit. This will make your concrete less permeable and more dense; in other words, it will ensure its structural integrity over the long term so maintenance issues over the coming months and years is kept to a minimum.
Of course, the only step after that is to actually add the fire pit. It is our recommendation that you add the fire pit and the stamped concrete at the same time, because doing so will make the result look more cohesive.
It’s up to you to decide the actual fire pit that you would like, and you will need to communicate this to the contractor who is assigned to your case. Remember that concrete is very resilient, so it will not be damaged by the fire pit itself.
Depending on the type of fire pit that you choose, the contractor assigned will also recommend which concrete additives should be added to make the pit more durable over the long term.