Stamped concrete has become a popular flooring option in most modern homes. This is because it is both efficient and affordable compared to natural stones and other paving products. Stamped concrete mimics natural stone in texture and appearance. It is made by pouring concrete into a mold containing fiber frame or metal rebar. When it hardens, concrete is then stamped using fiber molds. It can either be placed side-to-side or just rolled on. The stamping process often results in very impressive and aesthetically appealing patterns. The most exciting thing about stamped concrete is that you can create various patterns to suit different applications, tastes, and needs. Below are three areas in your backyard where you can use stamped concrete.
1. Driveways and walkways
When used on driveways and walkways, stamped concrete provides several ornate options that cannot be achieved with other paving products. It is even a perfect alternative to brick, natural slate or cobblestone. The installation of stamped concrete on driveways and walkways is quite simple. All you need to do is just pour it right away without necessarily lifting or placing single units. This saves both labor and time. Additionally, you can customize the color to match the architectural style of your home. The patterns can be made to appear more real. To save money, you can just use one primary color.
Stamped concrete is weather resistant and durable. It can last for a very long time, especially if installed and maintained properly. During the installation, concrete can be poured in any size or shape depending on the available space. You can also select from various brick and stone patterns and texture. With the use of powdered pigments, antique agents and stains, your contractor can design your stamped concrete patio to look just like natural stone. The color can also be highlighted to bring a distinct effect. Color highlighting can be done during the pouring time. For an even more distinct appeal, you can consider coloring the borders to of the stamped patio to add a frame.
2. Pool Decks
Both stamped and colored concrete make the best pool deck surfaces. This is because of their low maintenance, beauty, and toughness. Concrete can also withstand various weather elements and provide greater traction even on wet feet. Concrete is also less slippery compared to wood. When installing stamped concrete on pool decks, it is advisable to select the most appropriate color scheme that suits your needs. For instance, lighter shades like coral, pearly white, and sandy tones are ideal for use on pool decks that are exposed to harsh weather conditions like hot summer heat. For a cooling effect, titanium white is suitable as it can remain 20-degrees cooler than adjacent material.
Stamped concrete is a cheaper, efficient and flexible flooring option to use for various home improvement projects. It blends beautifully with different décor elements. Its durability, ease of maintenance and decorative appeal make it a great material to use on exterior backyard sections such as patios, pool decks, and driveways and walkways and more.