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Pros and Cons of Stamped Concrete Patios and Walkways

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The condition of your walkways and patios says so much about your home. In so many ways, your patio is an extension of your home’s interior. This valuable point on your property serves as an outdoor family hangout, your entertaining area for guests, and so much more. Stamped concrete patios have grown to be one of the most popular property landscape additions. If you are still on the fence about getting a stamped concrete patio installation, it may be helpful to look at some of the pros and cons of stamped concrete. 

Pro: Stamped Concrete Delivers Endless Design Choices. 

From flagstone to brick, you can find stamped concrete in an endless array of design choices. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you are going for a cottage style to match your modest home’s exterior or something more modern; you can find a design option to suit you. Not only can the designs and textures vary, but the color hues can as well. The Concrete Network gives a handy guide of various design options you may want to consider for your property. 

Con: Stamped Concrete Patio Installation is Not a DIY Project

When you are dealing with specialty concrete work, it is always best to trust professionals for the installation of your patio or walkway. You can pick up basic kits to stamp imprints into regular concrete, but these will only create basic indentions and it can be more difficult than it appears. Having to call on professionals for help with stamped concrete hardscaping is not necessarily a downfall, it will save you a lot of time in the long run. 

Pro: Stamped Concrete is More Affordable than Natural Stone

Pavers and natural stone can definitely create some nice patios and walkways. However, if you are looking for a more affordable option, stamped concrete option may be best. Paver patios and paver stone walkways take much longer to install and involve more materials to complete, so the costs of installation can naturally be a bit higher than stamped concrete. 

Con: Stamped Concrete Needs to Be Resealed Annually

Once the designer concrete implementation is complete, you are bound to be really pleased with the outcome. To protect the finish for as long as possible, your new concrete patio or walkway should be cleaned and resealed annually. By doing so, you can get just as long of a life span from the specialty concrete, which can be as long as 25 years or more. Cleaning should be done according to professional advice to avoid doing damage, and general sealing is usually easy enough to handle on your own. 

Pro: Delivers a Textured Slip-Resistant Surface 

Stamped concrete gives you a textured surface for your walkways and patio, which can be really important if the area where you live gets a lot of precipitation. Certain finishes are naturally more slip-resistant than others, but you can also work with your professional hardscaping designer to implement an anti-skid finish. As people age, a slip-resistant surface becomes more and more important.

Talk to Valley Landscaping, Stone & Patio About Stamped Concrete Patios and Walkways 

In the end, stamped concrete patios and walkways may have a few downfalls to consider, but the addition can be valuable for most homeowners. If you are interested in stamped concrete or other hardscaping features, Valley Landscaping, Stone & Patio can help. We offer a full lineup of quality hardscaping services, including:

Contact Valley Landscaping, Stone & Patio today at 410.983.6261 to discuss your landscaping design ideas. Our well-skilled landscape designers can help you lay out a new plan and bring your property ideas to life.