Several concrete designs can be used on patios or decks. One type of concrete that is used extensively on patios is stamped concrete. Stamped concrete refers to concrete with an imprint, design, or pattern created during the manufacturing process. It usually is a cold process generally used on concrete patios, retaining walls, driveways, pool decks, and paths. Other types of concrete used for patios also include hand-tossed, wet mix, and blue water.
There are several advantages to using stamped concrete in your outdoor area. One of the most significant advantages is cost savings. Concrete patios and decks stamped with different patterns can be purchased at a fraction of the cost to use stamped concrete on a natural stone or granite patio or deck. Another advantage is that stamped concrete can add significant value to your home. Stamped concrete patios and decks can be expensive to purchase and can be even more costly to install. The cost of installing stamped concrete can be less than half of what you would spend to use natural stone or granite for the same outdoor area.
Most people do not realize that concrete patios and decks need to be sealed and cracked to prevent weathering from taking its toll. Sealing the concrete prevents weathering from reaching the surface of the concrete and being absorbed. Once weather has reached the surface of the concrete, it will cause the concrete to crack. The crack is often referred to as splintering. There are several methods of preventing the cracking of concrete patios and decks. Most concrete contractors suggest that if you want to avoid the cracking of concrete patios, you must seal and crack your patios and decks before you ever lay them down.
When choosing a decorative concrete patio, most homeowners choose one that is decorative in its design, but that also blocks UV rays. One such way to make a concrete patio decorative is to incorporate decorative tiling into your concrete patio design. There are many different types of decorative concrete tiles available, such as abstract tiles, abstract stripes, geometrical tiles, mosaic tiles and many more. With the right decorative concrete tile, you can create the look you want in your concrete patio or backyard.
Another great idea for making your outdoor area more attractive is to stain your concrete patios made out of stone, granite, marble, slate, etc. Most people do not realize that staining their concrete patios makes it more attractive and prevents it from cracking and splintering. If you decide to stain your patios made from natural stone, choose an adobe or similar colored stain. One good thing about using natural stone is that it will not react with acidic foods, which makes it safer for children and pets. For example, if you decide to use a stone BBQ that has lemon juice in it, then it is not going to be a good idea to use acid-based stain to protect it. Also, you would not want to use acid-based stains on your brick patios.
Stained concrete can have a wide range of different patterns applied to it. While the primary colors you can choose from are reds, maroons, pinks, yellows, and blues, there are also earth tones and antique colors to choose from. When making a concrete patio or backyard, think about what kinds of patterns will complement your outdoor space, what colors will go well together, and what pattern will best fit your home and yard. With so many different patterns to choose from, you can find just the right pattern for your home and backyard. You can create the theme you want with different patterns, colors, and textures.
If you want to have more of a creative edge with your concrete, you can opt to have a stamped pattern applied to the surface. You can either have the pattern etched right into the surface, or you can opt to have the pattern hand-stamped onto the surface. In the first case, the pattern will be stamped directly onto the concrete. In the second case, the pattern will be stamped onto the concrete with a rotary tool, which rotates the pattern and creates a stamped effect.
There are a number of different methods for textured concrete. One popular method is using acrylic paints. These paints have tiny textured beads that can be used to stamp patterns onto the concrete. These small beads will create a variety of different patterns. You can have these paints applied to your concrete patio by either spraying the patterns directly onto the material, or by applying them to the surface using a brush.