Stamped concrete or textured concrete offers many different patterns. Some patterns are intended to replicate other popular building materials such as wood, tile, stone, flagstone, slate and brick. Stamped concrete is one of the most versatile outdoor paving materials available. Popular uses may include pool decks, driveways, sidewalks, walkways, stairs, entries, and patios. With the wide assortment of patterns and colors possible, stamped concrete is an excellent option for enhancing your outdoor living space.
The reduced cost of utilizing stamped concrete makes it an option for providing the same visual appeal as more expensive paving materials, such as brick and natural stone. The installation cost are much lower than materials like brick and natural stone. Stamped concrete is very durable and withstands weather extremes plus heavy traffic.
Concrete staining is a popular way to turn plain gray concrete into almost any color imaginable and completely change the look and feel of your outdoor space. Popular applications for concrete staining include walkways, patios, pool decks, driveways, and even walls. In fact, nearly any bare concrete surface can be stained. Beautiful, rich, earth-tone colors can be achieved by using acid-based chemical stains. Because of the chemical reaction that takes place between the stain and the concrete, unique marbeling and variegated effects are possible. For an ever broader array of color options, newer water-based acrylic stains for concrete are now available. These stains produce more uniform color effects and are easier to apply. Here is an overview of the advantages, as well as the limitations, of concrete staining and ideas for using stain to enhance your outdoor concrete.