Building a patio where you can utilize an outdoor living space is a great way to add value and usefulness to your home. An affordable way to create a great-looking patio is with stamped concrete. In addition to being more affordable, it is also long-lasting. It can be a great option if you are looking for budget-friendly ways to create usable outdoor space in your home.
What is stamped concrete?
Stamped concrete gives a look that is much like natural stone or brick pavers it could even look like wood planks. After pouring concrete a contractor uses a special stamp to add a texture and pattern to the concrete.
Stamped concrete is becoming a highly desirable trend and as such there are more stencil templates and colors available at a more affordable price as compared to the materials they are made to look like. Stamped concrete can be used to create patios, walkways, pool decking, retaining walls, driveways, and more.
The pros of using stamped concrete to create a patio
Concrete comes at a lower price tag as compared to using natural stone or brick pavers with a very similar look.
Easier to achieve a custom look
Several different options that you can go with for stamped concrete and it is very easy to make a look all of your own that is completely custom. With stamped concrete, you can choose different colors textures, and patterns. With the right contractor, you could even create something that people would not be able to tell is concrete.
Easy to maintain
The only upkeep that stamped concrete requires is sweeping and the occasional rinsing with a hose. It is very simple to keep stamped concrete clean. In addition, concrete is much more durable as compared to other materials like natural stone pavers.
Drawbacks of stamped concrete
Concrete is a very durable material but it can crack. It does not last forever. Some causes of cracking include land settling and cold temperatures.
This is not an easy DIY
Pouring concrete and then stamping a pattern into it is best done through the work of a professional. It can require some skill and attention to detail especially if you’re hoping to mix a specific color into your concrete. Should you accidentally make a mistake in the stamping pattern it can be difficult to fix.
It can be difficult to repair
Should you come across some cracks or discover a defect in coloration or in the pattern it can be very hard to fix. A crack in a stamp pattern is going to be more difficult to fill in as compared to flat surface concrete.
Does stamped concrete improve resale value?
Stamped concrete gives a nice luxury-looking surface for a lesser price and requires less maintenance than other materials. It can also add curb appeal and an intriguing aesthetic to the home. Every time you add curb appeal to your home you will receive a better return on your investment when it comes time to sell.
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