Stamped concrete can be an attractive type of concrete finish for a variety of residential concrete work projects, such as a concrete patio, floor, or driveway. Here's what you need to know about stamped concrete if you're considering it for an upcoming project.
Stamped Concrete Patterns
First of all, you need to know that stamped concrete can come in a wide variety of patterns that can appeal to many different people and fit in with different aesthetics. For example, you could choose a basic stamped concrete pattern that makes your concrete driveway look like a driveway made of bricks or pavers or even natural stone.
On the other end of the spectrum, you could look for a whimsical flower-filled pattern for your stamped concrete. These types of patterns may fit in well with a fairy-themed patio décor scheme or work well for a whimsical cottage garden path. And you can find a variety of in-between types of stamping patterns or even create your own custom design.
How to Get Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete is one option when you're installing a new concrete feature, but you should be aware that you can also have existing concrete stamped when you're refinishing it. Your concrete contractor refinishes concrete by preparing the old concrete surface first (likely with a process such as etching), then installing an overlay concrete material.
Once the overlay concrete is in place, your contractor can add a stamped pattern before the surface hardens. This refinishing process can save time and expense when compared to hauling the old concrete away and replacing it with a different material.
Caring for Stamped Concrete
Like any other concrete surface, your stamped concrete will last better if it has a sealant applied periodically to keep stains and dirt from absorbing into its surface. You'll also want to keep the surface clean and keep away any materials such as road salt, motor oil, and other chemicals.
Pros and Cons of Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete can offer a variety of uses, and the number of textures, patterns, and color finishes available give it a high level of versatility. Refinishing a concrete surface with a stamped design can also be economical compared to replacing the surface, but you have to keep in mind that some drawbacks exist as well.
For example, stamped concrete is susceptible to some of the same issues as other concrete surfaces. For example, freeze-thaw cycles can damage it, and if it's not properly sealed, the surface can more easily become stained.
These are some of the basics you'll want to be aware of if you're considering adding stamped concrete to your yard. Get in touch with a local residential concrete contractor to learn more about whether stamped concrete is a good fit for you.Share
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