Decorative stamped concrete is appealing for many reasons. First, it’s an economical alternative to pavers and natural stone, especially for applications such as patios, driveways, walkways, and pool decks. It also requires less maintenance than those materials because it has no joints where weed growth can occur. Adding to the value of stamped concrete is the material’s longevity. When properly installed and maintained, stamped concrete will last for decades.
From an aesthetic standpoint, stamped concrete is hard to beat when it comes to pattern and color options, which are virtually unlimited.
Stamped concrete looks very realistic because most stamping mats are molded from the actual materials they are designed to replicate. To achieve natural-looking color variations, such as you would see in real stone, stamped concrete contractors often use integral or dry-shake color in conjunction with surface-applied coloring mediums. If anything, stamped concrete looks better than the real thing, because you won’t get weed or moss growth in between the joints, and it won’t rot or splinter (if you are mimicking wood planking).
Yes. However, Advanced Concrete Creations does not currently offer this process.
Because stamped concrete is a textured surface, it is often more slip resistant than conventional concrete. However, just like natural stone, it can become slippery when wet or if a film-forming sealer has been applied. Advanced Concrete uses silica sand additives to solvent based sealers to help with slip resistance. Otherwise, flat sealers, which are penetrating, can be used to avoid those slippery surface occurances.
Stamped concrete can be expensive, but the old adage, “you get what you pay for,” really holds true for stamped concrete. Here, in Northern New Jersey, Advanced Concrete Creations offers pricing that is comparitive to high end concrete pavers.
For your initial outlay, you’ll get a pavement that lasts longer and requires less maintenance than most other paving materials, which can add up to big savings over the pavement's lifetime. You’ll also add curb appeal and aesthetic value to your home, allowing you to maximize the return on your investment.
Like conventional concrete, stamped concrete will last for decades when properly installed and maintained, even when exposed to harsh winter weather conditions. In some cases, stamped concrete can be even more durable than standard concrete, especially if a color hardener has been applied to the surface. Most contractors also apply a sealer to stamped concrete to protect it from wear and abrasion and make it easier to maintain. See these tips for protecting and maintaining stamped concrete.
Stamped concrete can make a dramatic impression, and there are many reasons why homeowners, businesses, and municipalities in Morris County New Jersey and surrounding areas are choosing stamped concrete to enhance their landscapes and buildings. From a cobblestone driveway to a stone patio, the look of textured concrete is not only realistic but also bears the permanent durability of concrete.
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