What Are the Benefits of Stamped Concrete Patios?
Stamped concrete patios have made a real splash in the decorative world of patio design over the past decade or so. There is something very pleasing about stamped concrete patios because they are aesthetically pleasing, very durable, easy to maintain, and they are inexpensive when compared to most other styles of patios. The key to a great stamped concrete patio is to choose a good pattern before pouring the concrete. It can be difficult finding just the right pattern, but if you use your search engine (Google is your friend) you should be able to find plenty of examples of what has been used before. This should be a quick and painless process, but it will be essential to getting a well-designed and durable patio.
The first step in designing stamped concrete patios is to determine whether you will be building the patio on your own, or if you are going to hire Concrete Services to build it for you. There are pros and cons to both options. If you decide to build it yourself, be sure to inspect the area beforehand to make sure there are no underground or overhead utilities that may run into the area since you don’t want to accidentally bury your unsightly pipe. When going with a contractor, you will need to be extra careful during construction. While he can stamp the area for you, there is still the possibility that he will miss a hidden spot or wire that will end up marring the appearance of your patio.
For stamped concrete patios, you will need to have an excavating bucket, a trowel, a concrete mix (commercially available in bag or container forms), and decorative pavers. The reason you would need these is that concrete will not stand up to moisture well if it is poured straight into the slab. Pavers, on the other hand, will give the surface a nice, even texture, as well as provide it with some degree of traction. After you have your mix ready, your job will be to lay the concrete on the frame and begin to stamp with decorative borders.
Before you start, make sure that you have removed all of the grass and sod from the area that you want to construct. Then, make sure that you have all of the sharp edges of the decorative concrete slab down. This allows you to properly line the area with the pavers, as well as have a nice even surface to work with once you stamp. Another thing that you should have down before starting is a level trowel. Without this, you could easily tip the concrete slab over, especially if there are large areas of it that you will be working on. Once you have the trowel on your hands, it will be much easier to work on the curved edges of the patio, especially those that curve toward the light source.
Now that you have your frame laid, you can start stamping. As mentioned before, you will want to do most of your stamping in a circular motion, since this will make the concrete slabs less likely to curve. There are a few ways that you can use decorative concrete to make sure that your stamped concrete patios have a nice even look. One way is to simply use large blocks of the decorative concrete to build up the middle of your patio.
You can then use small circles to outline the patio, using the same size of the blocks that you used in the middle. Make sure that you have lines going all around the outside of the circle, just as you would with a traditional patio. This will help to make the decorative concrete patios have a nice even look, instead of one that has large, uneven areas. Another way that you can make sure that stamped concrete patios have a nice even look, even when you are working on a large scale, is to simply use a stamp tool. These tools are often available at home improvement stores, and they look something like those you would use to put together a puzzle. You simply stamp large letters onto your patio, just like you would on the puzzle pieces.
Once you have finished building up your patio, you may want to place a few lawn chairs or tables along the perimeter. This will provide a nice comfortable area for relaxing while you are inside your home. If you are trying to decide what kind of outdoor furniture you would like to place in your backyard, you may want to think about stools. Stools are a great addition to any backyard patio because they offer a nice comfortable place to sit as you enjoy the scenery of your yard.
The benefits of using stamped concrete in your concrete project are many. You will not be replacing your existing concrete, which can save you money. Plus, you will be adding a beautiful decorative touch to your existing patio. Stamped concrete can be used on just about any flat surface, including your existing concrete walkway, driveway, patio, or poolside.