Most of us, when we think of concrete we imagine the lifeless, cold, gray, hard surfaces that make up most of the sidewalks and driveways we see every day. While this form of cement certainly still has its practical uses it also an old and dated way of looking at this incredibly versatile material. One of the most contemporary uses for this tried and true surface is stamped concrete.
This overlay, also referred to as textured or imprinted concrete is used to replicate many other materials that are in high demand. Imagine an incredibly durable cement surface stamped to mimic stone patterns such as slate or flagstone, tile, brick, and wood.
Why Choose Stamped Concrete?
There are many reasons why home and business owners will choose a overlay besides its wide appeal and beauty. These are just a few of them:
Perfect for nearly all outdoor spaces including patios, entries, courtyards, driveways, and even pool decks. It is the ideal choice for all outdoor paving needs.
Cost effective. Artificial surface is a durable and inexpensive option for replicating other more expensive materials that will not last nearly as long.
High end natural and authentic appearance. Many customers that are unfamiliar with stamped concrete often worry that it is unrealistic and fake looking. On the contrary, it is extremely realistic. The stamping mats are actually molded from the real materials so that they look as authentic as the real thing. The contractor you hire will be highly skilled in replicating the variation in color that is often found in actual stone. They have worked long and hard to perfect these techniques and the end product will look even better than the real thing for a fraction of the cost.
Can be used in conjunction with other cement features including acid staining.
Huge selection of patterns and styles in a variety of colors and textures to match your existing details. Some of the most popular options include slate, fieldstone, brick, or cobblestone. While most homeowners or businesses choose grays and other earth tones there are many options available.
Long lasting. As one of the most durable paving materials on the market it is always a great option. It is extremely long lasting and is resistant to cracking and holds up incredibly well to normal wear and tear. Even if your stamped concrete does manage to get any sort of minor crack it is extremely hard to detect as it will usually blend in with other lines that are part of the pattern and there are easy methods to repair or disguise them.
Easy to care for. Unlike natural stone or brick, this artificial surface does not have the issue of weeds and grass growing up between joints, or wood rot. It might look like these same materials but with none of the hassle and upkeep.
The next time you find yourself in need of a new surface material do yourself a favor and consider stamped concrete. It is not only a versatile material with nearly limitless options but it is also cost effective, long lasting, durable, and best of all, attractive.