[Posted on August 7th, 2013 by Ashley Aguirre Teekell]
For homeowners or businesses looking to enhance their landscaping, stamped concrete is an optimum choice. Stamped concrete in Houston is as beautiful, artistic, and dramatic as paving or mosaic tiling, combined with the persisting durability of concrete.
Stamped concrete in Houston, also known as decorative, textured, or imprinted concrete, is simply concrete that has been stamped with a decorative pattern across its surface. First the concrete is poured into a slab. Installers use a rubber stamp to press your custom pattern into the surface. Finally, coloring is added using pigments added to the cement, all before it dries. The technique can be applied to driveways, patios, sidewalks, pool decks, or entranceways.
The Benefits of Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete is renowned for its design versatility. For creative homeowners, designers, or landscapers, stamped concrete designing is limited only by imagination. Whether your home is a classic western lodge, has the relaxed feel of a Mediterranean villa, or an open ranch design, stamped concrete can be matched to your home’s character. Designers can make stamped concrete blend into the natural landscape. The surface can easily resemble slate, flagstone, tile, wood, and even tile.
In terms of the ability to customize, its longevity, and performance, none of the other options match that of stamped concrete. Some manufacturers even create custom stamps that allow you to create a one-of-a-kind design.
Minimal Maintenance Required
A stamped concrete project does take several days to install, but very little maintenance afterward. There are several steps that are recommended to protect decorated concrete such as applying a protective sealer to block stains, disguise wear patterns, and prevent color fading from UV exposure. Should the color ever appear to fade, reapplication of the sealant restores the stamped concrete design back to its original form.
While stamped concrete installation starts at $8 a square foot, prices vary widely according to the complexity of the design. The cost is competitive with asphalt or pavers because it can be more economical when accounting for the price of labor. It is much easier to pour a slab than to place pavers individually by hand.
You have probably already seen stamped concrete. Theme parks often choose stamped concrete in pedestrian areas because it is easy to maintain. Other materials like pavers loosen or settle over time and require replacement. Businesses choose to use stamped concrete because it is more cost-effective, stands up to foot traffic, and can be attractively stained to reflect light. Stamped concrete is also made primary of recycled materials, helping to conserve natural resources.
To get inspired by stamped concrete designs, look around your home, or meet with an architect or landscape designer. Houston homeowners looking to customize and enhance the character of their home and landscaping should explore stamped concrete as an option. Since it does not have the cracks of pavers, weeds won’t sprout between your design and it will not settle, leaving unsightly potholes in your driveway or decking. Stamped concrete resists decay from intense sun, with proper sealing, and is easily cleaned to restore its shine. Stamped concrete has unlimited design potential and its durability makes it an economical choice over natural stone.