Stamped concrete, also called imprinted or textured concrete is made by imprinting patterns in freshly placed concrete. You can achieve the high-end look of stones such as slate, flagstone, tile, brick, or even wood with a much lower cost. There are many choices of patterns and colors which makes it popular for customizing unique patios, pool decks, driveways and hardscapes. It’s an affordable paving option that requires less maintenance than other materials. Because of its superior durability and weather resistance, colored and stamped concrete is the perfect choice to bring the high-end look of stone, brick, or wood to patios, pool decks, driveways, walkways and courtyards.
From an aesthetic standpoint, stamped concrete is hard to beat when it comes to pattern and color options, which are virtually unlimited. Many people get inspiration from their surrounding landscape or home's architectural style and choose patterns and colors that blend with existing stone, tile or textured concrete elements. For example, if your house has a brick exterior, consider echoing that theme with a simple brick-patterned border, or choose a pattern and color scheme that ties in with your surrounding landscape.
The myriad of options in natural stone patterns such as slate, flagstone, fieldstone, brick, cobblestone and wood is why stamped concrete is common choice for homeowners. Patterns can be pressed into the concrete even in complex projects with steps and fountains.
The most popular colors tend to be earth tones and grays that produce a look of warmth; however, classic brick patterns are often colored in red hues. Colors can be mixed, layered or antiqued with stains or tints, creating designs that are only limited to your imagination. Multiple colors can be used within the same project for a contrasting color pattern, decorative borders, or a realistic stone coloration.
Other Design Options:
Stamped concrete can also be used with other decorative concrete elements such as acid staining or the following ways:
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