Many people prefer to have a stamped concrete patio or driveway because it is faster to install and more convenient compared to stone or brick installations. However, the process is much more complicated and contractors carrying out the work need to be well prepared and have the right expertise and the correct on-site equipment.
As earlier stated, concrete stamping has some advantages over stone or brick installations. Nevertheless, it also has its own disadvantages. Highlighted below are some of the advantages and disadvantages and some do’s and don’ts of stamped concrete projects.
Advantages of Stamped Concrete
#1. You Can Have a Color of Your Choice
You can have your concrete in a color of your choice. This is very advantageous as your stamped concrete can be of the same color as your pool, an already present driveway or patio. Additionally, the color of the concrete can complement the landscape of your house. Another advantage of concrete is that you can choose a million different designs, because of this; you have virtually limitless design options at your doorstep.
Provided the stamping work is done properly, you will have an installation that will last for years. One, stamped concrete does not settle (to become uneven). Two, it is designed to withstand high foot and vehicle traffic, furniture or any other equipment that you can place on your patio
#3. Can Be Installed Fast
Installation of stamped concrete is relatively fast as compared to stone or brick installation. The main reason is because it is similar to installing a slab and because of this much less labor is required to complete the assignment. The advantage is that you will only be inconvenienced for a short while before you go back to your normal routine.
#4. Requires Maintenance Less Often
Stamped concrete is one of the easiest installations or finishes to maintain. All you need to do to keep it shinny and glittering is to sweep and wash it once in a while to keep away dirt and debris. Other than that, you can also reseal it once or twice each year. The importance of resealing is to ensure that the concrete does not crack or chip.
#5. It Costs Much Less to Install
It is much less expensive to install stamped concrete as compared to other options. It does not require a lot of additional labor making it less expensive as compared to stone or brick installations. Concrete is also less expensive as compared to the other options.