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What Is Stamped Concrete?

close up of stamped concrete being installed

There are so many available materials for patio installation that it can be difficult for Maryland homeowners to choose which one will achieve the look and function they need. From natural stone to prefabricated pavers, homeowners must balance look, durability, function, and budget. For that reason, stamped concrete services in Maryland are offered by Valley Deck and Patio.

When considering a patio of stamped concrete, the definition of available patterns can be made to resemble many of the most popular materials and textures while keeping the project on budget. Call today at 410.983.6261 to discuss available options.

What Is Stamped Concrete?

Stamped concrete is a process by which cement is stamped with a shape, texture, or combination of the two to create almost any kind of look the homeowner desires. Stamped concrete can also be colored to give it the look and dimensionality of nearly any material. Some of the materials that stamped concrete can mimic are:

  • Brick
  • Cobblestone
  • Slate
  • Wood planks
  • Flagstone
  • Marble

What Are the Benefits of Choosing a Stamped Concrete Patio?

Obviously, budget is one of the most significant benefits of choosing stamped concrete for a patio installation. Stamped concrete can be made to look like many more high-end materials, allowing homeowners to achieve a luxurious look without breaking the bank. Another benefit of stamped concrete is that the materials are readily available; a patio project can quickly go from a dream to reality with a minimum of waiting. Stamped concrete is also highly durable, making it a long-lasting and low-maintenance option for a busy family who wants to enjoy their outdoor space for years to come.

How Is Stamped Concrete Installed?

Stamped concrete installation is not too different from any other kind of cement installation. The landscapers will lay out the patio, do any necessary grading, and lay down any base aggregate or other amendments needed. Then, the process diverges a bit. Some types of stamped concrete have the color mixed into the cement before it is poured, while others have the color added to the surface. A contrasting ‘highlight’ or ‘lowlight’ color is often added to the surface to give the finished project a dimensional look. Then, a stamp creates the surface texture and any shaping. After the project is dried, it is usually sealed to prevent staining and increase durability.

Is Stamped Concrete Appropriate for Every Climate?

Stamped concrete is generally durable and appropriate for any climate, although in places that get very cold, an extra step or two might be necessary to make sure that a stamped concrete patio stays in tip-top shape. Sealing the patio is a good idea in almost every climate because it gives an added layer of protection from water, dirt, and natural elements. Keeping the patio area free of snow can help reduce the chances that ice will form. Another way to make a stamped concrete patio shine through a cold winter is to use sand instead of chemicals or salt when ice is an issue. A landscaper will know and understand all the considerations for their particular region, making them a valuable asset for a homeowner.

Valley Deck and Patio Offer Stamped Concrete Services in Maryland

Our professional landscaping team can help you turn your backyard oasis dream into a reality. Whatever vision you have for your outdoor space, we are ready and able to help you fulfill it. Our full-service luxury landscaping consultants will work with you to determine the look you want for your family’s outdoor life. Contact us today at 410.983.6261 and let us show you how you can turn your backyard from boring to gorgeous and increase your enjoyment in your home.