Stamping or Staining Your Patio
In the middle of summer, there’s nowhere more relaxing than the back patio. Roasting marshmallows over a fire pit or sharing a meal with your loved ones in the great outdoors is how great summer memories are made. Unless, of course, your patio’s concrete floor is cracked, crumbling and stained. In some extreme cases, damaged concrete can even be a safety hazard. Reclaim your patio this summer by refinishing it with a concrete overlay!
Redesigning your concrete is an affordable, attractive way to recreate your entire yard. You can achieve any look you want, from brick to blue stone, by applying different stamps and stains to concrete as it sets. Concrete is the perfect canvas for creating a cost-effective replica of more expensive materials, without giving up a natural, authentic look. Even in complex designs with steps and fountains, patterns can be still be pressed into the concrete. Stamped concrete can be used in conjunction with other decorative concrete elements such as exposed aggregate or acid staining. Popular patterns for patios include simple borders, running bond brick, hexagonal tile, worn rock and mosaic stone.
In summary, stamped concrete, often called textured or imprinted concrete, is concrete that replicates stones such as slate and flagstone, tile, brick or even wood. Recently, stamped concrete has become a popular choice for many homeowners because it offers a wide array of options when it comes to concrete pattern and concrete colors. Another factor contributing to its popularity is its price. The cost of stamped or imprinted concrete is often considerably lower than the materials for which it is a substitute. By imprinting patterns in freshly placed concrete, you can achieve the high-end look of stone or brick pavement-and often at a lower cost. Plus, if your patio is made of concrete already, you’ll save a bundle on demolition. When choosing colors and patterns for your stamped cement, it’s best to make sure they blend well with the other stone, tile and textured concrete elements at your residence.
Perhaps while you’re taking a closer look at your patio, you’ll start noticing all kinds of concrete areas that could use improvement. Ideal for beautifying pool decks, driveways, entries and courtyards as well as patios, anywhere and everywhere, stamped concrete is the perfect outdoor paving choice. Did we mention that the refinished layers’ outer coatings will provide superior protection for your outdoor floors for years to come? Just one of the many benefits of bringing resurfaced concrete into your outdoor living!