[Posted on July 8th, 2014 by Ashley Aguirre]
Looking to spruce up the look of your yard? A great solution which is both affordable and attractive for your home in Houston is stamped concrete. All stamped concrete is hand carved, colored and grouted with no use of stencils, for a flawless look every time. It looks just like authentic stone but it’s less costly and lasts for years to come. It can be used for driveways, walkways, patios, or in your home for a durable, eco-friendly surface that can be customized to fit your tastes.
What is Stamped Concrete?
For homeowners looking to remodel their patio in Houston, stamped concrete is ideal. It is created using a template to etch a custom design in poured concrete so that it dries in that form. This can be used for anything from patios and walkways to driveways and pool decks. You can also include stamped concrete in outdoor living areas to enhance fireplaces and pergolas, for example. This material is versatile because it can be colored and textured to match any environment, giving the look of real stone.
A step above traditional smooth gray concrete, you can certainly add a depth of character to any space with stamped concrete. Whether you want to mimic stone or brick, you’ll save money plus you will have a wide color palette to choose from because the concrete can be mixed to result in any hue you want. Virtually any geometric pattern you can think of can be designed with stamped concrete. The inherent benefit of stamped concrete is its natural slip resistance with added traction, perfect for wet pool areas with little kids. You’ll be the only one in the neighborhood with that particular pattern, not available in any retail stores. You can’t put a price tag on that!
A professional concrete contractor has the expertise and experience to help explore the options for your space. You can choose the pattern you want, completely customized with no stencils. This ensures that each job is unique, with a special coating that won’t erode and that’s smooth to walk on. No messy-tear outs are involved. Your professional can work with any existing surface such as pea gravel or tile. Just transforming your patio area can breathe new life into your yard. In fact, why stop at a patio? Why not add a complete outdoor living area that will last for years to come? You’ll get a colorful, textured addition that matches the landscape with endless possibilities at your disposal. The end result is a slip-proof textured area that mimics the look of real stone.
Use stamped concrete for a fire pit or fireplace, outdoor kitchen area, pool decking and any walkways that connect one area to another. Your stamped concrete is easy maintenance, too. To avoid staining, rinse off any spilled beverages or food right away. Special coatings by Allied Outdoor Solutions can resist the harsh effects of the hot Houston weather, guarding against mildew and mold. Rain runs right off and cold is no match for your new stamped concrete surface. Stamped concrete is not only lower in cost than real stone, it’s also durable, heat resistant, aesthetically pleasing, textured and versatile. These factors all combine to make a long-lasting outdoor oasis for your Houston home that’s tough to beat.