Is Decorative Concrete Right For You?
St. Louis Stamped Concrete is a growing trend for patios, driveways, pool decks, and more. But, it requires a special technique. After being poured like normal, the wet concrete is then stamped with a design to give the effect of tile, wood, slate, or other materials. The concrete can also be dyed to enhance this look. This has become a popular way to style hardscape features because it costs significantly less than using actual tile, wood, slate, etc.
While inexpensive, stamped concrete requires a great amount of precision and skill. Therefore, these projects should only be entrusted to the most experienced St. Louis concrete contractors. Benz & Associates has over 30 years of experience working in the St. Louis area, and our talented staff is dedicated to making sure each project is completed with the highest-quality work.
There are many applications for stamped concrete. Here are a few of our stamped concrete services for St. Louis:
- Pool Decks
STAMPED CONCRETE PATIOS
A colored, St. Louis Stamped Concrete concrete patio is the perfect choice for outdoor entertaining. It offers all the beauty of an indoor floor, but with the durability and weather resistance of exterior concrete. A stamped concrete patio can give homeowners the high-end look of natural stone, but with a much lower cost. The money you save by installing a stamped concrete patio can be set aside for other enhancements to your outdoor space, perhaps a pergola or concrete fire pit.
Stamped concrete patios give you a huge array of decorative options which are just not possible with other materials. The patio can be poured in any shape or size to fit the space, and you can choose from many different patterns and textures, making it look like stone, brick, or even wood-grain. Using stains, powdered pigments and antiquing agents, concrete contractors can add color to your patio, making it look just like natural stone. Alternatively, you can choose to customize the color to complement your home and landscape. You can also choose to add extra visual interest to your patio by creating a decorative border in a contrasting color and pattern.
STAMPED CONCRETE DRIVEWAYS
Like stamped concrete patios, stamped concrete driveways give you a wide range of decorative options not possible with other paving materials. Using stamps, contractors can create a cost-effective replica of popular materials such as cobblestone, brick, slate, and field stone. Unlike stone or precast pavers, a stamped concrete driveway do not use individual tiles or units, saving significant time and labor.
Beyond the nearly endless array of patterns and textures available, coloring will give your stamped concrete an authentic look. Methods such as stains, integral color, and powdered pigments can be used to customize the color of your driveway to complement your home and landscape.
Stamped Concrete Design Ideas
While stamped concrete has been around for a number of years, many homeowners still aren’t aware of its full potential as an inexpensive way to decorate the home and garden. Here are a few creative design ideas that Benz & Associates can help create for you.
- Use borders and bands in contrasting colors and patterns to add decorative interest to a concrete patio or driveway.
- Seamless texture skins can impart a more subtle look of natural rough-cut stone.
- Install stamped borders combined with areas of exposed aggregate or brush-finished concrete.
- Save money while giving an existing driveway pattern and color by resurfacing it with a stampable concrete overlay.
- Dying stamped concrete makes the pattern look more realistic, but you don’t have to break the bank to make a big impact. Save money by using just one main color along with some antiquing accents.
If you have been wanting a fresh look to your home landscape, but aren’t sure what to do, consider making a bold statement with stamped concrete. Whether you want to enhance a set of concrete steps, a patio, a driveway, or any other part of your home, Benz & Associates can provide you with the professional installation you need to make sure your stamped concrete looks perfect.