Stamped concrete is a poured concrete slab with a design or texture imprinted on it to resemble pavers, natural stone, or another material. As an extra feature, stamped concrete is frequently tinted or stained.


Stamped concrete is a less expensive option than pavers, but it has a higher aesthetic appeal. However, there are a few disadvantages to stamped concrete.


Here are five points we believe you should think about before deciding on stamped concrete for your project.

1. Over time, stamped concrete will crack.

This isn’t exclusive to stamped concrete; any poured concrete that is subjected to freezing and thawing cycles will crack and shift over time.

2. When wet, stamped concrete can be quite slippery.

This is mainly the result of the stamped concrete’s surface treatment.

3. On a colorful patio, getting correct coloring can be difficult.

Some concrete patios are made of plain concrete and then sprayed with a sealer/color chemical to achieve the desired hue. Over time, this spray-on sealant will flake off. Most spray-painted patios need to be resealed every few years, which is an extra cost. As a result, most concretes contain a dye to provide color through the concrete. The batch is mixed at the concrete plant, then loaded into trucks and transported to the construction site. Unfortunately, there is no standard protocol for dying. When the trucks of ready-mixed concrete come, it’s often after a buyer has chosen their favorite color.

4. It's difficult to modify or repair stamped concrete.

A concrete pad is permanent once it has been placed and cured (dried). Surface flaws chipped corners and edges, and puddling concerns are not repairable. The only method to fix these issues is to remove a section of concrete and rebuild it, or to destroy and redo the entire project.

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