4 Reasons You Should Consider Stamped Concrete

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If your outdoor concrete surfaces, such as your driveway, patio, or pathways, are looking dingy, you're probably considering having them resurfaced so they don't negatively affect your home's aesthetic appeal. This might be an excellent time for you to consider something other than the look of traditional concrete, however. Today's concrete contractors can provide a variety of finishes designed to heighten both the visual appearance and the functionality of your paved surfaces. Stamped concrete, for instance, has becoming increasingly popular among homeowners in recent years. Following are four reasons why you should consider using stamped concrete for that resurfacing job.

Design Flexibility

Stamped concrete provides almost endless design possibilities. It can be used to mimic stone surfaces such as marble, granite, slate, quartz, cobblestone, and sandstone. It comes in all colors and a huge variety of patterns. You can choose to have a winding yellow brick road leading to your front door or through your backyard garden, or a patio that looks like it's been strewn with fresh flowers.  Many homeowners like the option to have contrasting borders that stamped concrete provides -- for instance, you may choose to have a solid-colored driveway with patterns around the edges. You can even work with your concrete contractor to create a customized design. The decorative properties of stamped concrete increase your home's curb appeal, making it worth more on the market when the time comes for you to sell.

Ease of Installation

Stamped concrete is relatively easy to install compared to pavers, brick, stone, and other materials used to create paved surfaces. However, many do-it-yourself stamped concrete installations have gone wrong because even though it's easy to install, the process requires a skilled, experienced hand -- and once the concrete sets, it's expensive and difficult to fix the problem. If you're going to be doing your own stamped concrete work, practice in small, out-of-the way areas of your property before tackling a big project like a driveway or patio. For best results, though, you really should use a concrete contractor who has experience installing stamped concrete. Because it's easy to install for those who know how to work with it, you'll save money on contractor costs because the process won't take as long as it would if other materials were used.

Ease of Maintenance

It's hard to believe that something that looks so good requires so little maintenance, but stamped concrete requires little maintenance compared with most other paving options. Keeping it swept or rinsed clear of fallen leaves and other debris is an important part of maintaining your stamped concrete surface. Stains may require power washing or the use of certain chemicals -- as with any other paved surface, it's best to be vigilant about removing any oil stains that develop in areas where cars are parked as soon as possible after they occur. Resealing your stamped concrete surface on a regular basis will help keep it from being damaged by the elements as well as help it stand up to foot and vehicle traffic.

Safety and Durability

Unlike pavers and brick, stamped concrete doesn't have individual pieces that can come loose and cause pedestrians to trip and fall, lessening the chances of anyone becoming injured on your property. Many parks and other public spots with paved surfaces use stamped concrete to lessen their potential liability. Stamped concrete is durable as well as safe -- concrete is suitable for all types of environmental conditions from rain forests to deserts and holds up better to wear-and-tear and traffic than other materials. The only problem most people have had with concrete in the past has been its rather mundane appearance, until stamped concrete came along.

For more information on concrete resurfacing, check out a site like http://www.mararestoration.com.

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