After teaching stamping classes in Las Vegas for 14 years, Gerry Sadleir noticed that most of his students weren’t successful at ¼-inch stamping unless they had a lot of concrete experience. “It was and is a difficult system to learn,” says Sadleir, who along with his brother, Rod Sadleir, and Concrete Solutions introduced his ¼-inch stamping system in 1997 at the World of Concrete. “It requires too much skill and a lot of trial and error.”
To appeal to those concrete contractors who want to offer stamping as one of their services but can’t quite get the hang of it, Sadleir developed the StoneCrete Tile system that allows users to pour their own tiles and achieve an almost perfect stamped concrete finish every time. Now being sold by Concrete Solutions by Rhino Linings, the reusable molds can be used to make up to two tiles a day.
StoneCrete Tiles — currently available in Random Stone and Ashlar Slate patterns — are recommended for patios, porches, walkways, decks, driveways, pool decks and similar applications. Border molds and step molds are also available.
The tiles, which fit together like puzzle pieces, are durable, flexible and crack resistant in extreme weather, including heat and freeze thaw conditions. They are designed to conform to uneven surfaces and to cover over cracks and joints.
“We introduced the system at this year’s WOC and had a tremendous positive response,” says Ernie Archuleta, technical sales manager for Concrete Solutions by Rhino Linings. “Stamped concrete is very labor intensive and you have to have skilled labor to install concrete on site. By making tiles in your shop beforehand, contractors at all experience levels will appreciate this system.” The StoneCrete Tile system, which is available in an array of packages, is now for sale by Rhino Linings.