Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Company Specializes in Decorative Concrete Designs

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Company Specializes in Decorative Concrete Designs

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If you always liked fossils as a kid, but don't have the patience or time to wait 10,000 years for one to form naturally in your front yard, The Stamp Store can provide you the next best thing in a matter of days - decorative concrete stamped with a fossil design.

The store, which specializes in decorative concrete, also provides more traditional fare such as colored tile designs.

Doug Bannister, owner of The Stamp Store, said the decorative concrete designs range from "something relatively formal and structured," such as a pattern that duplicates tile work, to "seamless" designs that look like native rock.

In short: A driveway or floor can look as plain or fancy as you want it to look.

Most patterns are "replicating other materials," but the cost of the concrete work is usually less than the cost of actual tile or native rock in construction.

"Sometimes it's very cost effective," Bannister said.

The company charges $2-$4 per square foot for stain work and $7- $9 per square foot for stamped work.

The Stamp Store is the culmination of a lifetime of work and experience for Bannister, who did his first concrete work as a kid helping his uncle.

"That was 40 years ago," he said, noting that he's never really left the profession since. "I went through college and through the Army; it was something I returned to and found it to be creative and fulfilling, even though it was just plain concrete."

He honed his skills through the years, working on "anything unusual" for the experience. In 1980, he jumped into "colored" and stamped work when building underground homes. To spruce up the look of those homes, many customers wanted decorative concrete and Bannister mastered the challenge.

"The underground home business didn't go anywhere, but the decorative (concrete) is a real strong commercial (market)," he said.

Since then, Bannister has provided decorate concrete work for everything from driveways to floors to counter tops. His handiwork can be seen along Broadway Avenue, where the company installed concrete that duplicates the look and feel of brickwork.

Bannister said commercial projects currently provide most of the demand for decorative concrete, but new housing editions are also a strong market. …

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