Why Stamped concrete is a better choice than natural stone


stamped concrete Patio

Whether you’re looking to replace an old walkway, driveway, patio, or driveway, or considering stamped concrete for a new area, you should consider the benefits of stamped concrete.  Many of our customers are looking to add stamped concrete to their property because of the endless possibilities. Stamped concrete is available in many different patterns, colors, and design types which will allow for you to design a custom look that’s perfect for you.

Another added plus of stamped concrete is that it is very durable, just like regular concrete. Stamped Concrete can withstand harsh winters, extreme temperatures, and traffic and is generally considered as durable as regular concrete.  It is also a good value because it will outlast many other materials in our harsh Northeast, Ohio winters . Stamped concrete is also very low maintenance and requires very little care,  most of which, can be done by the homeowner.

Natural stone can be very pricey and difficult to maintain. A better alternative is stamped concrete since you can make it resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, cobblestone and other natural stone. Stamped concrete is much more cost effective and is still capable of looking like any natural material. Because concrete is the most popular installed surface for driveways, walkways, and patios, stamped concrete is a the best application for creating a unique design.

Stamped concrete is becoming more popular due to the options when it comes to patterns, colors, and the cost of stamped, or imprinted concrete in relation to the materials it is a substitute for.

Colors and patterns are often chosen to blend with other stone, tile or textured concrete elements at the residence. A customer has many options to choose from and the pattern/color combinations can highlight the existing characteristics of your home.
Clients considering stamped concrete often ask if it is slippery. Since stamped concrete is a textured surface, it is more often slip resistant than conventional trowelled concrete.  Like natural stone, it can become slippery when wet or if an acrylic sealer has been applied. If you plan on having stamped concrete installed in a high-traffic area, that are often wet like pool deck, an anti slip material can be added to the sealer.  This product makes the concrete much less prone to being slippery when wet.
Did you know you can have a beautiful patio and driveway made from concrete regardless of what material is there currently?. The concrete can be stamped with different patterns that resemble stone, wood, ceramic tile, and other natural materials.  Concrete can also be standard finish concrete like a broom or float finish . This is ideal not only for patios but for pool surrounds. Exposed aggregate is also another decorative concrete that is very appealing to the eye. This is when the concrete is poured and its skin is removed, which reveals the aggregate beneath. This is also good for pool surrounds, walkways and other places that get a lot of traffic.  Whether it’s regular, stamped or colored concrete, a concrete contractor can help you determine what’s best for your application.

DiFranco Contractors is a concrete contractor providing stamped concrete construction in Northeast Ohio.