Nothing quite enhances your home’s curb appeal quite like concrete resurfacing! With the winter months nipping at our heals it is a great time to consider resurfacing the concrete walkways, driveways, and patios surrounding your house. Resurfacing not only makes your concrete surfaces look new and beautiful again but it also adds texture for better traction which makes your concrete surfaces safer, especially in wet, wintery weather!
What is Stamped Concrete?
A stamped concrete surface is one that has been pressed and embossed with a special mold. The end result makes the concrete resemble other materials like rock, flagstone, wood or even brick. In addition to stamps, base color and accent colors can also be added to the freshly poured concrete to further enhance the look of a selected material. The good news is that stamped concrete can also be applied on the top of an existing concrete surface, this process is not just for newly poured surfaces. Stamped concrete patios are especially popular among homeowners because they can be created to match any outside landscape and can be made to resemble a variety of stone materials. Homeowners have lots of unique design options to choose from when it comes to stamped concrete.
Why Stamped Concrete?
The beauty of stamped concrete is that it is much more cost effective than using real stone or concrete pavers to create patios, driveways or sidewalks. Stamped concrete can be quickly and easily installed by a concrete contractor and requires very little maintenance in the future. Durability is also another reason that many homeowners decide on stamped concrete. Concrete has long been know for it’s durability and long life.
Since there are so many concrete color options available now, the design options are virtually endless for stamped concrete surfaces. The most popular stamped concrete patterns tend to be natural stone. Base colors and accent colors can be added to the concrete mix to create unique color palettes to mimic the look of natural stone. Also popular are brick and wood stamped concrete patterns that homeowners choose for indoor areas like sunrooms as well as outdoor areas like patios and walkways.
How About DIY Stamped Concrete?
Many ‘weekend warriors’ have tried to tackle a stamped concrete project but just as many have usually come to regret that decision. While the process of pouring concrete and stamping it with a pattern seems relatively simple, it really is best left to professional concrete contractors who understands how to properly install concrete to prevent cracking and breaks. Investing in using a concrete contractor will save you money in the long run because you won’t have to replace or repair the concrete surface sooner than expected. In addition to installation expertise, professional concrete contractors also have access to all of the costly tools and materials required to properly install a stamped concrete surface.
If you are ready to start on a stamped concrete patio, driveway, sidewalk or walkway at your home or business give our experts at Boise Concrete a call today to discuss your needs and wants. We have successfully installed thousands of stamped concrete surfaces and look forward to making your vision a reality!