Do you want a beautiful and cool outdoor area where you can relax and entertain family?
There are many different options available so you need to pick carefully. A popular solution is a custom patio cover or wood pergola with decorative concrete. Decorative concrete is often called stamped concrete, and the purpose of this articles, these terms are one in the same.
How is Decorative Concrete Created?
The first step is the pouring of concrete so that a slab is created. While the concrete is still soft and moist, stamps are pressed onto it so that specific patterns and textures are created. Colors can be mixed directly with the material or applied on top of it. The slab is then left to dry. After the drying process is complete, the stamped concrete patio is ready for use. Typically, the whole project is completed within one or two days at the most.
How Durable is Decorative Concrete?
You can expect the stamped concrete patio to be perfectly functional. You can choose its size and shape in line with your needs. You can arrange any type of furniture. Concrete will support virtually any weight. You do not have to worry about cracking and denting. One important thing to note is that material is very hard so you would not want to let kids engage in physical activities on the patio. Other things to watch out for are the depth of the grout lines and the texture of the surface. You would not want to create any difficulties for people with limited mobility or to set hazards for those who are not particularly careful.
What Patterns and Designs are Available for Decorative Concrete?
Concrete is a very versatile material. Decorative concretet can be made to mimic virtually any type of classy surface from antique stones and terracotta tiles to brick and even weathered wood. Any type of pattern can be created. Similarly, various color combinations can be used. You can readily get the patio of your dreams. It will be perfectly beautiful and will match the style of your outdoor area and house precisely.
How to Maintain Decorative Concrete?
You will not have any issues with cleaning and maintenance whatsoever. In fact, this type of surface requires only basic cleaning with a broom and sometimes with water. There is no need for any specific maintenance.
This type of patio surface is extremely durable. It will retain its surface level and not sink with time unlike stone slabs. It will not crack or get dented or chipped even in harsh weather conditions.
How Much does Decorative Concrete Cost?
A Decorative concrete or stamped concrete patio surface is around 25% to 30% cheaper compared to a brick one of the same size and It is over 50% less expensive compared to slate, stone and marble. It is around 20% more expensive compared to one made from plain concrete.
For the price, a Decorative concrete patio is an outstanding choice for its looks, functionality, and durability.
If you would like more information about Decorative concrete give us, at Affordable Shade Patio Covers, a call. We would love to sit down with you and discuss your design option.
Give us a call at 713-574-4969 or fill out the Contact Affordable Shade form.
A custom patio cover with decorative concrete offers you complete functionality, excellent durability, and great looks.