Thursday, August 16, 2007

Stamped Concrete Patios -- A New Trend

If you're thinking of building a patio, but aren't quite sure if you can afford it, you may want to consider a stamped concrete patio. Stamped concrete is concrete colored, patterned and/or textured to resemble brick, slate, stone, flagstone, tile and wood. It's a popular material choice among patio builders for several reasons:


Advantages

As I mentioned above, stamped concrete can be colored, patterned and/or textured to look like other textures and materials.

There are many patterns to choose from including stone, brick, slate, tile and even wood planking and fossilized sea life.

Stamped concrete is very cost-effective. You can often find it for one-third less the price of natural materials.

When installed by experienced craftsmen, you can barely tell the difference between stamped concrete and real brick or stone.

Stamped concrete is very durable and resistant to various types of weather.

You won't have weeds growing or ant hills forming because there are no joints or cracks in the material.

You can reseal it yourself.


If you decided to go with stamped concrete, there are a few things to remember. First, it should be resealed every two or three years. If not, the color may fade. However, when resealed, it's just like waxing a car because it looks brand new when you're finished. And second, I do recommend having it installed by a professional in order to get the results you're looking for.

Feel free to contact me for more home and outdoor maintenance tips!

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