Decorative concrete products are making it easier and cheaper than ever before for homeowners to get the patio of their dreams without spending a fortune. In fact, estimates are that in many cases, it can cost up to 50% less when using decorative and stamped concrete rather than using natural stones for the patio. However, it is possible to do far more with today’s concrete. It can create a look very similar to actual brick, cobblestones, marble, and even wood. It is possible to add patterns, shapes, and designs with relative ease, so long as the contractor has experience.
The decorative concrete products look fantastic, and they are very easy to care for. Since it is concrete rather than stones, the owners never have to worry that the stones might settle or shift over time. It looks good now and it will look good for years to come. It cleans with sweeping and a bit of soap and water. That’s all it takes to keep it looking fantastic for a long time.
How Do the Decorative Concrete Stamps Work?
The stamped concrete works quite simply. The contractor will pour the slab and make sure that it is smooth, and will then use a stamp to create a pattern in the concrete when it is still wet. It is possible to add coloring to the concrete as well, and this is what really helps to sell the realism and make the concrete look like actual natural stone and other elements. Talented contractors can create a wide range of different looks with all of the decorative concrete products on the market today.
Benefits of Professional Installation
When working with a professional contractor, homeowners and business owners will find that the contractor is able to take care of all of the hard work. Great contractors are also able to collaborate to come up with some great design ideas that will work well for the patio. Whether you have the patio solo or it is out poolside, great contractors can create a look that really works and ties the patio together with the house and the rest of the property.
The contractors also have experience, and that means that they can get the job done right the first time. Owners will have peace of mind when they let the professionals handle the work for them. However, some might still want to do it on their own.
Can Homeowners Do It?
It is possible to learn how to stamp concrete and use decorative concrete products as a homeowner or business owner. However, it is not always an easy thing to do, and owners should remember that the mistakes they make in the concrete will be there and staring back at them forever. Those who want to take the DIY approach with decorative concrete products should make sure they take a class or two first so they know how to work with the concrete and what they should expect at each of the different steps along the way.
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