Stamped concrete, often called textured or imprinted concrete, replicates stones, such as slate and flagstone, tile, brick and even wood. The wide variety of patterns and colour choices make it popular for beautifying patios, pool decks, driveways and more. Additionally, it’s an affordable paving option that requires less maintenance than other materials.
Because of its superior durability and weather resistance, coloured 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.
IS DECORATIVE STAMPED CONCRETE FOR ME?
Considering stamped concrete? Compare the pros and cons below to decide if it’s right for you.
- Is more affordable than natural stone, brick or pavers
- Enhances outdoor spaces and adds to your home value
- Offers nearly limitless pattern and colour choices
- Slip-resistant when treated with a non-skid additive
- Is durable and long-lasting
- Easy to maintain when sealed
- Not very DIY friendly
- Can develop minor cracks
- Needs periodic cleaning and resealing
- Can be damaged by freeze/thaw cycles and deicing salts
- Repairs can be difficult
From an aesthetic standpoint, stamped concrete is hard to beat when it comes to pattern and colour options, which are virtually unlimited. Many people get inspiration from their surrounding landscape or home’s architectural style and choose patterns and colours 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 colour scheme that ties in with your surrounding landscape.
The most popular types of stamped concrete are natural stone patterns such as slate, flagstone, and fieldstone. Brick, cobblestone and wood patterns follow closely behind. There are also seamless stamps that provide texture, but without joint patterns. Patterns can be pressed into the concrete even in complex projects with steps and fountains.
The most popular colours tend to be greys and earth tones; however, brick patterns are often coloured in red or russet hues. Colours can be mixed, layered or antiqued with stains or tints, creating a virtually endless list of possibilities. Multiple colours can be used within the same project for realistic stone colouration, decorative borders or a contrasting colour pattern.
Stamped concrete can also be used in conjunction with other decorative concrete elements such as exposed aggregate or acid staining.
Stamped concrete can also be used in the following ways:
- To get similar looks for kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, family rooms or basements in new homes.
- Stamped overlays enhance walls or fireplaces or rejuvenate existing concrete floors.
- Stamp patterns can be imprinted on concrete countertops for an added design element.