In the early 1980's the first commercially available concrete stencils were introduced. Back then, there was only one pattern: Running Bond Brick. When used on fresh concrete, the disposable paper stencils allowed contractors to easily, quickly and accurately duplicate the look of hand-laid bricks over a large area. The finished product looked just like colored bricks with natural gray mortar between them.
Results were so strikingly authentic that stenciled concrete quickly caught on. Since those early days, many additional stencil patterns have been produced. You can now obtain stencils in brick, cobblestone, flagstone, slate and tile patterns, as well as compasses, rosettes, borders and geometrically shaped accent pieces. There are about 40 patterns in all.