Making our home beautiful starts from the ground up. And that means the surfaces we walk on outside the home should be part of the process. There are many alternatives for flooring, patio and walkway surfaces, but stamped concrete is one of the best.
Stamped concrete is concrete that is etched so that the surface takes on a more attractive appearance. It can look like almost anything – brick, wood, paver stone, granite and more. It’s durable and doesn’t require a great deal of care.
If you’re looking to install concrete but don’t want it to be just a boring slab, stamped concrete is the way to go. By adding color and design, you can make your surface more visually appealing. That adds to the overall value and beauty of your home.
Your front entryway is the first impression visitors have of your home. You can really spruce up an otherwise plain walkway and entrance by having it done in stamped concrete. Yes, this is really concrete in the image above! The appearance of tile is added as part of the process. Both the walkway and the step and porch show how beautiful this finish can be.
Live in a climate with tough winters? Save yourself some of the backbreaking work of shoveling snow. Stamped concrete is a terrific surface for use as a heated walkway or driveway. It’s not only beautiful; it can be functional as well!
You’re not limited to only using stamped concrete outdoors. This basement rec room is a great example of polished concrete. It gives the billiards area the feel of being in a fancy high-class club with marble floors – at a fraction of the price!
Here’s another example of a heated surface, but this image also shows how just a little trim work can help add life to a large space. The dark stamped concrete edges help break up what would otherwise be a large, boring surface. And stamped concrete holds up even to the stress of having vehicles constantly move over it.
The patio and swimming pool deck area are another fantastic place to have stamped concrete installed. Whether you’re about to dive in or just want to catch some rays, you’ll appreciate this fancy surface. What a great way to add character and class to your backyard!
You have a lot of options when it comes to your walking areas. But one of the most versatile and durable is stamped concrete. With basic care and occasional resealing, it will hold up for years to come and provide a wonderful appearance to your home.
About the Author
Bill Michaels works for Patterned Concrete as a media outreach specialist. The company is an expert and pioneer in stamped concrete since 1972. It has grown from its Toronto-area roots to have franchises across North America.