Stamped concrete is a testament to the diversity of concrete as a building material. Not only can it hold up your home, but it also gives your flooring, patio or walkway the look of brick, natural stone and other building materials - even wood!
One might call stamped concrete a type of faux finish. In addition to the number of materials the procedure can emulate, you have the choice of several patterns, colors and a wide variance in cost. However, stamped concrete is typically much cheaper than the real deal, making it a deal in its own right.
Most often, concrete is stamped to look like other patio paver materials, such as brick, flagstone, slate or other materials. But the beauty of stamped concrete is its ability to be customized. Stamps can even be homemade and patterns can be as basic or complex, wild, modern or postmodern as you like.
Older concrete stamps were made of metal and somewhat limited in the looks they could create. Newer versions, however, are made from polyurethane and come with the ability to replicate textured stone, vastly increasing the options available to homeowners and signaling a revival in stamped concrete.
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