There are several designs that can be made with stamped concrete. Further, these design can also be modified by using a combination of concrete with implanted materials, like small tile pieces, small stones, pebbles, and make innovative designs. The designs should blend well with the surroundings, using a variety of color schemes.
The color and design of the patio should mix well will outdoor elements of your house like color of the exterior walls, roof design and furniture. It will be easy for you to select the design if you consult an architect or professional. You can first take a look at houses already having a patio and the effects that these designs render.
This will give you an idea on what type of stamped concrete design will suit your house and its surrounding. If you are wondering how is concrete is stamped and installed, then you will be happy to know that it is a very simple process. The concrete slab is poured on the patio and the designs are imprinted on the it before it dries up.
Stamped concrete patios include a wide variety of colors to be used. As discussed earlier, the color of the patio should be such that it complements the outdoor and landscape of your house. There are two methods of coloring, integral coloring admixtures and dry-shake color hardeners. Contractors use one or both techniques for coloring.
In integral coloring admixtures, the color is in the form of a dye that is mixed in the concrete before pouring it on the patio. As against this, in dry-shake color hardeners method, the color is added on the slab after pouring it on the patio and before the stamping of the design.
Cost and Maintenance
The cost depends mainly on the size of the patio, material used, and the pattern imprinted on the concrete. The cost for installing is less compared to the other types of outdoor plans. This type of patio is a lifetime investment, so you need not worry about the installation cost. These patios require less maintenance and occasional cleaning.