Everything You Wanted to Know About Stamped concrete
Stamped concrete is often referred to as textured or imprinted concrete. There are several differ pattern options available with stamped concrete, including designs that mimic other materials, such as stone, wood, tile, flagstone, brick and slate. Stamped concrete can also be stained with a variety of colors and hues. The available patterns and color options make stamped concrete one of the most versatile types of outdoor paving materials. Some of the most common ways this material is used includes driveways, pool decks, walkways, sidewalks, entryways, stairs and patios. Here is a brief overview of the benefits and ideas for using stamped concrete.
Benefits of Stamped Concrete
As mentioned above, one of the best benefits of stamped concrete is that it can be designed with the same visual appeal of more expensive paving materials, such as natural stone and brick, but it is significantly less expensive to install. Other benefits of stamped concrete include:
- Durability-stamped concrete is extremely strong and durable and it is able to withstand heavy traffic and extreme weather conditions.
- Low maintenance-stamped concrete is a solid slab of concrete, so there are no gaps where weds can grow through and when it is correctly sealed, it is easy to clean and stain resistant.
- Curb appeal-there are several options to choose from in regards to designs, colors and patterns, which makes stamped concrete a great way to enhance your home’s curb appeal as well as increase its resale value.
Common Questions About Stamped Concrete
If you are considering a stamped concrete project for your property, you most like have questions regarding this technique, so here are the answers to some of the most common questions about stamped concrete:
Will it crack?
There is a possibility of cracks occurring, especially in areas with extreme freeze-thaw conditions or if it experiences extreme wear and tear. However, with proper installation, there is less risk of cracking.
Is it slippery?
Unlike certain types of natural stone, such as marble or slate that can be extremely slippery when wet, concrete has a rough texture that makes it less prone to slipping. It can also be sealed with and anti-slip additive that will provide additional traction.
How much does it cost?
The cost varies depending on the size of the area as well as the design options you choose and additional techniques, such as staining. Overall, however, stamped concrete is significantly less expensive than other types of natural stone pavements.
Concrete is sometimes difficult to work with and it is essential that the concrete mixture be prepared correctly, if not cracking may occur. Stamping the concrete requires experience as well to ensure the design mats are placed in the appropriate spots for the design you are looking for. Although, some DIY homeowners may have success in doing this project themselves, it is highly recommended that you hire a concrete contractor to the work for you. Hiring a professional is assurance that the finished projected will have the effect you were looking for.
If you want to increase the curb appeal for your home, contact
Kelly Contract Co to learn more information about how stamped concrete may the perfect solution.