Concrete Release Agent

What Is a Concrete Release Agent, and Why Is It Used?

There are many tools involved when stamping, texturing, or embossing freshly placed concrete. The end result is beautiful, but that beauty is only achieved when everything is done correctly and a release agent is part of the equation. It is necessary because it improves the ease of separation between the stamp tools and the concrete. If the release weren’t easy and clean, the texturing, stamping, skinning, or embossing would lose its uniformity. A concrete release agent can also add color to the imprints, which increases the perceived depth of the patterns.

release-agent What’s Special About a Concrete Release Agent?

When a colored imprint is desired, there are a number of release agent colors to choose from. This can give stamped, embossed, skinned, or textured concrete a unique look and personality. This is also a good method that ensures flooring matches the room rather than making the room match the floor. Furthermore, the release agent doesn’t form a film and may have very little or no odor. Being odorless is good news for people with respiratory sensitivities. Plus, release agents are safe to use for indoor and outdoor applications. This makes do-it-yourself concrete stamping or texturing projects much easier and timeline friendly.

Keeps Concrete from Sticking

Depending on the project, concrete shouldn’t stick to some surfaces. For example, you don’t want the concrete to stick to stamping tools or molds. Molds are frequently used for nontraditional designs, and it is important for the concrete not to stick to the mold. If the mold and concrete stick to each other, removal can be a problem. Applying a concrete release agent will ensure lifting the mold from the concrete is easy. Again, you save time and, in this case, you save yourself from having to break the mold away in hopes the concrete isn’t damaged in the process. It is amazing how something as simple as applying a release agent can be so important.