Stamped concrete is also known as imprinted concrete or textured concrete. Landscapers will use this type of concrete to replicate various stones like flagstone, and slate or to replicate wood, brick, or tiles. Stamped concrete lends itself to achieving a high-end finish while also being cost-effective. This makes stamped concrete ideal for large surfaces such as courtyards, driveways, pool decks, walkways, and patios. This type of concrete is also low maintenance in comparison to other patio materials. While there are many positive aspects of stamped concrete patios, there are a few negatives that you should be aware of as well.
Is Stamped Concrete Good for Patios?
Pros of Stamped Concrete
All patio or walkway materials have pros and cons. However, in the case of stamped concrete, we believe the pros outweigh the cons.
Stamped concrete is cheaper than conventional pavers, stones, or bricks.
Stamped concrete designs can increase the property value in the long run by enhancing outdoor areas, and adding curb appeal.
The stamped concrete slabs can accommodate a myriad of designs and colors. It can also be used in tandem with other decorative elements such as acid staining and exposed aggregate.
Stamped concrete is slip-resistant if a non-slip additive is applied after the concrete is poured.
Not only is stamped concrete budget-friendly, but it is also exceptionally long-lasting and durable.
After sealing the stamped concrete, it is easier to maintain than other patio materials.
Cons of Stamped Concrete
All products, no matter the advantages, come with some drawbacks. Listed below are some of the main disadvantages of stamped concrete.
Completing a stamped concrete patio is labor-intensive and is certainly not a one-person job. Not to mention, it also requires some experience.
The finished surface is prone to the odd minor crack which you may or may not be able to live with.
A stamped concrete patio will require cleaning from time to time and periodic resealing.
Stamped concrete is susceptible to damage when the weather is below freezing, during the thawing process, and also when applying de-icing salt.
Tricky to Repair
The inexperienced DIYer may find a lack of experience debilitating when trying to complete patio repairs. The help of a professional concrete repair team may be necessary.
Stamped concrete stands up well when compared to other materials. Advantages of stamped concretee include:
You can customize stamped concrete to a degree beyond other surfaces. Designs and patterns are limited only by imagination. In addition, the choice of color is wide open.
With only a minimal amount of maintenance, it can endure harsh conditions for decades. Other surfaces like natural stone and precast pavers require continuous maintenance to keep the joints sand-filled and to keep the weeds between them at bay.
Installing stamped concrete is quicker than natural stone or precast pavers which need to be set properly.
Stamped concrete typically costs less than natural stone. However, certain lower-end pavers might cost less upfront. Being higher maintenance though, they are likely to cost more in the long run, especially if repairs or replacements are necessary.
A simple, basic design, using one color, with a pattern will cost anywhere from $8 to $12 per square foot. Mid-range jobs, which include either contrasting patterns or borders will cost around $12 to $18 per square foot. Lastly, highly customized stamped concrete work will cost around $18 or more per square foot.
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