If you are looking for a way to update your old patio to give your outdoor space a custom look without having to break the bank, you should seriously consider stamped and colored concrete. Patios that are stamped and colored are poured just like regular concrete, except the concrete is colored before it’s poured and stamped with a design of your choice after. As a result, your stamped and colored patio can resemble just about any material you can think of, including tiles, brick, stone, and even wood. The results will leave you breathless, and the price of the project will leave you with money in your pocket and a smile on your face.
The Many Benefits of Stamped and Colored Concrete
One of the most significant benefits of stamped and colored concrete is that it gives you several options for customizing. For example, your patio can be colored to match the color of your home or an existing concrete walkway. You can choose a color or stamp that matches your landscaping theme as well. Imagine having a new concrete patio that looks like it has been a part of your outdoor space for several years.
A stamped or colored patio will serve you well for many years to come. Concrete is not meant to last forever, and it will eventually crack, but it is very durable and will last longer than other materials. Having a concrete patio installed this summer means that is one thing you won’t have to worry about for a very long time.
Stamped and Colored Concrete Options
We would all love to put aside the maintenance required to keep up a house. After all, your weekends are a lot more fun when you can enjoy your backyard instead of mowing, painting, and doing whatever else is necessary for upkeep. However, the beauty of concrete is that it requires very little maintenance. In fact, all you really need to do to keep it in good shape is to power wash it occasionally and seal it every once in a while.
Another huge benefit that comes with choosing concrete is in the price. Of course, you can choose to have pavers installed for your patio or natural rock, but these choices will force you to dig deep into your pockets. And while concrete might not be the least expensive option, it is still a bargain for what you get, which is a patio that looks fantastic and that will last a long time.
Popular Concrete Stamps and Colors
The look of wood has been a popular choice for many years. People love the warmth of wood, and we see it used in decks, pergolas, and several other outdoor features. You can color your concrete and choose a stamp that mirrors your favorite type of wood. Wood is a good choice for homeowners who enjoy a traditional look. Wood stamps come in several styles, including smooth finishes, wide planks, textured finishes, and distressed wood. As with other stamps, color choices are basically unlimited.
Flagstone is a prevalent concrete stamp choice, and this stamp works very well for patios. Whether you have a small patio or a large one, flagstone stamps can be sized to fit the space. Thanks to the look of natural stone, your guests will be hard-pressed to tell the difference from the real deal. The great thing about flagstone stamps is that there are several ways in which you can customize the look. For example, you can use multiple colors to enhance the depth of the project. A flagstone patio will really tie your outdoor space together.
Should you desire a patio or walkway that emulates the streets of 17th-century Europe, cobblestone stamps will suit you nicely. With cobblestone stamps, you enjoy the look of cobblestones but won’t suffer the drawbacks of the actual material. In addition, since cobblestone concrete is a continuous surface, nobody will be tripping over loose stones, and you never have to worry about weeds popping up in the space between the stones.
Ashlar is a concrete stamp with random rectangles and squares configured throughout the pad. As with other stamps, there are several ashlar styles available for unique looks. The finish on these stamps can be smooth to heavily textured. You can choose one color for your patio or walkway or select multiple colors for a three-dimensional look.
This is just a tiny sample of the types of concrete stamps available for your project. The one downside that stamped concrete suffers is that you will have a difficult time narrowing down your choices. But once you get through that and make a final decision, you will wind up with a concrete project that is stunning, unique, and long-lasting. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information about stamped concrete, and we are more than happy to answer any questions you might have.