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Considering Building A Patio? The 411 On Stamped Concrete

by Gavin Jackson

From outdoor entertaining and relaxing space to an increase in your home's overall appeal and value, the addition of a patio can be a smart investment. Of course, there are many different materials and designs to consider when you are building a patio. Each option does offer its own pros and cons, so proper understanding is key. If you are considering building a patio, understanding stamped concrete patios and their benefits is smart.

The 411 on Stamped Concrete Patios

Stamped concrete patios are installed in the same way slab concrete patios are installed. A basic layout is created based on your needs. This layout is marked on the ground and then leveled out by removing grass and a layer of the underlying soil.

Once level, the concrete is poured. Color can be added to the actual concrete before pouring the patio. This is necessary if you prefer a patio that is not the same color as a traditional concrete slab patio. Before the concrete dries, different impressions are made into the patio's surface. These impressions will be designed to look like faux stone or brick or an entirely different look that adds appeal to your outdoor living space.

Benefits of a Stamped Concrete Patio

Many builders and homeowners install basic concrete patios because they are versatile and functional. Because less time and materials are necessary, concrete slab patios are less expensive to install, which also makes them more appealing to builders and homeowners. Even if they are functional, standard concrete slab patios do lack style and personality.

Stamped concrete can be designed in a variety of colors and styles. From rustic red to a charcoal gray that offers the appearance of natural stone, the versatile designs ensure you are improving the overall appearance of your outdoor living space, especially when compared to a traditional concrete slab.

It is also important to note that the more appealing your outdoor living space is, the more attractive and valuable it would be to potential buyers. If you do decide to sell your home in the future, your stamped concrete patio will help attract more buyers, help you sell your home faster, and ensure your home is sold at a higher price. Of course, this is compared to other similar homes that do not have a patio at all or homes that have a traditional concrete slab patio.

If you are ready to add form, function, appeal, and value to your home, consider a stamped concrete patio for your outdoor living needs.