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Stamped Concrete Patio Ideas and Inspiration
by Kathy on Jul 15, 2021
Stamped concrete patios are durable and gorgeous, when built right (hint: hire a professional, this is NOT a DIY project). They are really impressive to visitors and an excellent selling point to homebuyers, which makes it great for both people who are in their forever home as well as those planning to sell in 3-5 years. But a lot of homeowners are not educated about their options with stamped concrete and don't fully understand how creative they can get. So this guide outlines the various types of stamped concrete that exist so you can start getting inspired for your backyard.
Why Stamped Concrete?
For a patio, this style of flooring will give it a decorative look with its color, pattern, and texture. These elements are added to make it look like other materials, such as bricks, stone, or wood, to give it a natural appearance.
When you think of a concrete patio, you might picture a no-muss, no-fuss boring old slab made of light-gray stone, but a stamped concrete patio is far from dull! It has quickly become a popular hardscaping material because it allows homeowners to get a high-end look without the high-end cost. Additionally, it is durable and, unlike brick pavers, is free of cracks that let grass and weeds grow through.
Inspiring Stamped Concrete Patio Ideas
English Yorkstone Pattern
Reminiscent of the old streets of London, the Yorkstone pattern is among the most popular stamped concrete patterns because of its classic style and attractive texture. Inspired by the natural, fractured stone, it has an interlocking design and leaves an impression of hand-laid stone tiles. In reality, it is a stamped concrete pattern that you can achieve with three imprinting tools that create broken edges and rounded corners that provides an authentic appearance.
Weathered Wood Stained
Far more resilient to weathering and impervious to rot, a stamped concrete patio in a wood plank pattern is a fabulous alternative to real hardwood. Mimicking the look of natural wood, this option allows you to design a rustic patio in whatever stain you prefer.
Charming and full of character, a cobblestone brick concrete pattern is a far more affordable and low-maintenance option than individual bricks. The beauty of this style of stamped concrete is that you aren’t limited to just one pattern or color. Cobblestone stamps come in many styles, such as Euro fan, Old English, Mayan, Pennsylvania cobble, and more.
Random Flagstone Pattern
Luxurious You can add a little rustic charm to the quaint background by incorporating decorative concrete to the overall patio design. These stamped concrete styles are the favorite of various homeowners as these perfectly enhance the look of the space while leaving it merely appealing.
Slate Tile Pattern
For homeowners attracted to modern or industrial design aesthetics, a wide slate style pattern may be right up your alley. Its sharp lines keep the design uniform and minimal, while its texture and staggered placement add interest to the overall surface.
Rustic and full of character, the Riverstone pattern keeps your backyard looking natural, even with a patio installed. The mix of colors in the stain adds interest and depth to your patio, creating even more natural beauty.
Reasons To Add A Stamped Concrete Patio
There are several very compelling reasons why stamped concrete is an ideal choice for patio material.
Unlike real wood decks, concrete won’t rot, grow mold or become warped. As long as it is properly installed with a level substrate, it will remain intact for decades. Not only is it waterproof, but its strong cement properties also make it resistant to cracks and chips. Additionally, it can withstand far more weight than wood or composite decking without bending or breaking.
The plethora of patterns, colors, and textures offered with a stamped concrete patio are exciting. No matter what your personal taste, there is a concrete design perfect for your style. Have a warm-toned roof, siding, and brick? The perfect brown, yellow or red stains are available to you. Is your exterior more of a cool tone? Subtle grays, blues, and greens will create a perfectly coordinated color palette for your exterior surfaces.
There is no question that natural stone laid in beautifully artistic patterns creates the most luxurious patio for any home. However, such a gorgeous surface can come with a high price tag. Luckily, you can enjoy the same effect of natural stone at far less of an investment with stamped concrete. Replicate the look of Riverstone, flagstone, and brick pavers without the labor costs of piece-by-piece placement or material costs of high-end stone.
Unlike genuine wood decks, stamped concrete doesn’t require annual staining and sealing. Unlike brick pavers, stamped concrete does not need to be sand filled because there are no cracks within which weeds can grow. Outside of a good cleaning and resurfacing every few years, stamped concrete doesn’t involve much maintenance at all; making it the perfect choice for busy homeowners.
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