Decorative concrete is becoming an increasingly popular option for construction and renovation projects, and it’s easy to see why. With a host of benefits and a relatively low cost, stamped, patterned, and colored concrete can me a paved area look amazing at a fraction of the cost of other materials.
Why choose stamped concrete?
Stamped concrete is an excellent alternative for pavers and natural stones, as it’s more economical and requires less maintenance. When correctly installed and regularly maintained, an area of stamped concrete can last for decades. Longevity, low cost, and an incredibly variety of options make patterned concrete a popular choice for areas such as driveways, patios, decks, and pathways.
Does it look fake?
Most of the stamps used to make impressions on the concrete are created using molds of the materials they are meant to replicate, leading to a very realistic texture and appearance. Natural color variations are also easily achieved through dry-shake color and mediums applied to the surface. Professional contractors with experience in installing stamped concrete can create areas that look just like natural stone, bricks, or even wood.
Is it durable?
Just like regular concrete, this is one of the most durable paving materials on the market. With proper care, cracking and other damage can be avoided, even in harsh climates. Sealers and color hardeners can also help to extend the life of patterned concrete. If small cracks should occur, they will often be masked by the pattern of the concrete itself. If they become unsightly, however, there are ways that they can be disguised or fixed. Although dirt, traffic, and weather can affect the color of concrete over time, regularly cleaning the resealing the concrete can keep it in excellent condition.
Can it be installed over my existing concrete?
Stamped or patterned concrete can usually be overlayed on top of existing concrete that is in good condition. This is a great way to quickly and dramatically improve the appearance of driveways, pathways, decks, and other concrete areas. If you have questions about whether a certain area is suitable for a stamped concrete overlay, contact a professional concrete contractor for experienced advice.