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Stamped Concrete Patios: How-To, Pros and Cons, and More

Since there are around 30.2 million small businesses in the US, it's important that you find creative ways to make yours stand out.

Stamped concrete patios are a great way to attract customers and other businesses to your brick-and-mortar location. They're visually appealing and provide an outdoor space for browsing, eating, socializing, and meeting with your employees.

But what are the benefits of a stamped concrete patio? How can you create these designs on your own?

That's what we're going to talk about here today. Read on to learn all about stamped concrete patio designs and how you can express your brand with one!

 

 

Benefits of Stamped Concrete Patios

Benefits of Stamped Concrete Patios

Stamped concrete patios have a lot of benefits and very few disadvantages.

They are often used as an alternative to other flooring materials like wood and brick. Because concrete is far easier to maintain than these options, it is much less time consuming and expensive.

All you need to do is scrub it down periodically. There's no need to fight against wood-eating bugs or decay between the cracks in patio bricks. Because of this, it also is longer lasting than other materials.

Stamped concrete is also inexpensive to install and design. While laying down wood planks or slabs of stone is an arduous and costly process, all you need to do to get a stamped concrete patio is set down some concrete and stamp it to look like you want it to.

Additionally, stamped concrete is an individualistic and fun way to express what your business has to offer. It's unique, much like your products and services. Additionally, because you can stamp concrete in multiple different ways, your patio flooring can be expressive and relate closely to your brand.

 

Styles to Think About

But what styles can help you to express your business's needs and values?

Let's say that you have a clean and no-nonsense brand that's professional and gets things done without a hitch. There are stamped concrete options that provide this overall feeling to those that enter into your business. Geometric patterns such as squares and rectangles show that you're functional and care about efficiency.

However, if you prefer to show off the fact that your brand is fun and relatable, more organic patterns may be right for you. One of the biggest business applications of stamped concrete patios is in outdoor dining areas at eateries.

If this describes your situation, you'll want a fun and welcoming pattern that people can associate your cafe or restaurant with. Natural stone patterns are perfect for these situations, as are cobblestone textures for cozy country vibes.

There are even ways that particularly committed businesses can have their brand name or simple logo stamped onto their patios, but this is a more expensive and time-consuming process!

 

 

How to Stamp Concrete

How to Stamp Concrete

Stamped concrete can usually be broken down into five types: brick, stone, slate, wood, and texture (such as cobblestone, tile, etc.) But how difficult is it to get each of these patterns?

It actually is a pretty simple task! Plus, since the stamping process is the same no matter what type of concrete you want, you only need to learn how to undergo it once. Most business owners should contact a professional to stamp their patios, but if you're an up-and-coming contractor or ambitious DIYer, here's what you need to know.

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Lay Down the Base Concrete

After you decide what sort of stamped concrete you want, you'll need to lay down the base of your patio. Here's how to do that:

  • Prepare by creating forms from wood, metal, or plastic and then laying them out around the area in the appropriate configurations
  • Lay out reinforcements that will keep concrete strong and help it to retain shape
  • Mix the concrete
  • Pour concrete carefully onto the areas you're working with
  • Even and level the concrete once it's on the ground

It really is that simple!

 

Add Your Primary Color

There are actually multiple ways to add color to the base layer of concrete. The first and most common is that it can be mixed into the concrete during the grinding process before pouring. This ensures that the concrete will have a uniform coloring.

Because the color is part of the concrete's foundation in this scenario, it will never fade or come out. Chipping and scratching the concrete also won't damage the color.

 

Other Alternatives

Some people prefer to use dry-shake color hardeners since they come in a multitude of bright color options. They make the surface denser and less permeable, but they also are much more labor-intensive and expensive to lay down. Additionally, this is only surface-level coloring, so unlike the former option gray concrete may show through when it's scratched or chipped.

You can also stain the concrete after it is in place. If you choose not to stain concrete right now, this is a good way to repair small areas of chipped or faded concrete in the future.

 

Undergo to Stamping Process

Concrete should be stamped within an hour or two of pouring for optimal results. This is long enough that the stamp will set, but not so long that it will be too hard to emboss.

Stamping is pretty easy. You or the contractor you hire will have already made the stamp you need. It will be coated in the secondary color and pressed down over the base concrete to create the pattern that you want.

When stamping, you'll need to choose a secondary color. As a business, it's a good idea to make this the color or your logo, website, or other branding symbols. This will create an even deeper connection between your brand and your outdoor space.

This color will generally be applied to the stamp in the form of a powder or liquid release agent. These products ensure that there will be no sticking of the stamp to the base-coat and that the color will be simultaneously subtle and pronounced.

Don't forget to use a floor grinder to smooth out everything and seal your concrete when you're finished!

 

Get Started

Now you know the benefits of stamped concrete patios and the steps that experts go through to make these designs into a reality. That means it's time to learn more!

Request a demo of our product to see what we have to offer. Our experts are happy to show you how our concrete-laying machines and tools work so that you can have an easier time stamping your patio. We also are happy to answer any lingering questions that you have about stamped concrete, so feel free to reach out ASAP!

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