A patio is a perfect addition to your backyard. It extends your living space and gives you another place to dine or entertain friends. If you need to watch your budget, you don't have to settle for boring gray concrete for the flooring. Instead, you can hire a contractor (such as one from Robert R. Andreas & Sons Inc.) to install a stamped concrete patio and create a living space with flooring that flows seamlessly with your indoor floor. Stamped concrete can mimic any kind of natural stone or wood. Here is some more information on stamped concrete.
It Starts With Poured Concrete
Concrete is an affordable flooring material. That makes it a budget-friendly option. Concrete is also very versatile. It can take any shape you want very easily since it is poured and spread into a mold. You could create a round, oval, or kidney shaped patio if you want. It's also easy to connect concrete walkways and tiered levels. When you work with concrete, almost any design you can imagine for your patio is possible.
Added Pigments Create Color
Your stamped concrete patio can be any color you like or any combination of colors. This allows you to have a patio that looks like it is made from bricks, travertine, slate, or wood. A skilled contractor is able to vary the colors so it looks like your patio is composed of individual pavers or stones. If you'd rather be artsy instead of trying to mimic a natural material, you can choose to have the concrete dyed into any pastel or bright color or color combination you choose.
Stamps Provide The Designs
Before the concrete is dry, the contractor stamps the designs on it. This requires a lot of experience and skill, and that's why stamping concrete usually isn't a DIY project. The concrete has to be almost set, and then the work has to go quickly before the concrete has become too hard to work with. There are a number of stamps you can choose from. For instance, you may want small rectangles stamped in that look like bricks. You could also choose large squares that resemble travertine tile. You could also have other geometric designs, such as hexagons, stamped into the concrete.
Once the job is finished, your patio will look just like it was made from more expensive natural stones or individual pavers. However, you won't have to deal with problems like pavers shifting or weeds growing in the seams since your patio will actually be a continuous layer of concrete on the bottom. If you have stone flooring indoors, the patio can be made to duplicate its looks so the space truly becomes an outdoor extension of your home.