Stamped concrete overlays are a popular decorative concrete choice for residential and commercial clients because it is a high quality but less expensive option. 20 years of decorative concrete business taught us the virtue of tackling remodeling projects in the smoothest and most efficient way possible. Starting from the point of client inquiry all the way to completing the project, the installation team at Denver Concrete Artisans was trained to be skilled and knowledgeable stamped concrete resurfacing experts.
Stamped Overlay Vs Stamped Concrete
It is quite common for people in Denver Colorado to get confused when it comes to the difference between decorative concrete stamped overlays and stamped concrete. They are almost the same except for one slight difference. Stamped concrete and stamped concrete overlay are both very decorative and both can be stamped or imprinted to imitate patterns and designs. The slight difference is that concrete stamped concrete overlays are meant to be installed on top of existing concrete surfaces whereas traditional stamped concrete is installed at the time a newly poured concrete slab is poured. So if you are pouring a brand new concrete patio, pool deck, driveway or other concrete surface and you would like the look of natural stone without the big cost then you would want to install stamped concrete. However, if you have an existing Denver Colorado concrete pool deck, concrete patio, or driveway and like the stamped concrete look then it will save you a lot of money if you install a stamped concrete overlay Denver so you don’t have to tear out and replace your existing concrete in Denver.
Advantages of Concrete Stamping
When it comes to updating or repairing concrete surfaces in Denver Colorado, there is a wide range of decorative concrete options available. Many home and business owners prefer decorative concrete stamping over anything else. Here are good reasons why:
- Various patterns and designs can be imprinted on a stamped concrete overlay, be it for residential or commercial spaces.
- Stamped concrete overlay can be customized to look exactly like a high-end material such as brick and natural stone.
- Aside from the concrete stamped patterns, it can be stained with an acid or water-based stain to make it look more appealing and realistic.
- In comparison to other remodeling materials, concrete stamping come at more affordable prices.
- Stamped concrete overlays are often used for outdoor spaces like the concrete patios, concrete driveways or pool decks but it can also be used indoors.
- Unlike interlocking pavers, wood boards, brick pieces, and stone, an overlay does not have joints and gaps, making the cleaning and maintenance process easier as well as keeping a more level surface.
- As long as an overlay is applied and stamped properly, it can last for years.
Recommended Designs and Patterns for Concrete Pool Decks, Patios, Driveways and other surfaces!
When it comes to versatile resurfacing solutions, stamped concrete overlay takes the top spot. You can stamp the whole concrete space, the borders of a concrete patio deck, or just around a focal point. You can stamp the coping around a pool to make it more appealing. You can also stamp different patterns in alternating fashion on concrete driveway to enhance curb appeal. The most sought-after stamp patterns for concrete overlays are:
Deciding on a pattern or design that matches your house or commercial space can be quite challenging without proper planning. We would gladly assist you in the planning stage. If you have any idea or issue regarding your project or the solutions we provide, please do share them with us.
Stamped Overlay Installation : Patterned & Imprinted Concrete
Installing stamped concrete overlays is faster and easier than installing bricks and pavers piece by piece. Despite this, it still needs to be done by a pro using the appropriate stamping equipment and tools if you want stunning and durable results. It is highly recommended for home and business owners to ask about the installation process.
Step 1: The process starts with one of our experts doing an evaluation of the concrete space involved. A stamped concrete overlay can only be applied on a concrete slab that is structurally sound. If the holes and cracks are too deep and caused by something from way underneath the slab, a replacement would be more appropriate.
Step 2: Once the installer decides that the slab can be resurfaced, it is cleaned or ground to allow the overlay to adhere properly.
Step 3: The stamped concrete overlays is prepared and mixed well before being installed onto the concrete slab.
Step 4: One reason why a pro should be hired to install a concrete overlay is because it needs to be properly imprinted before it completely dries. After stamping the surface, it is left to dry 24 to 48 hours.
Step 5: We color the imprinted concrete surface.
Step 6: When the overlay is all dry and no alterations are needed, the contractor applies a concrete sealer to keep the surface protected and to give it that extra shine.
Stamped Overlay Costs
The cost of resurfacing with a Denver stamped concrete overlay is less inexpensive than removing an existing slab and then replacing it with a new one. Influenced by the type of pattern, the size of the area, and other important factors, a stamped concrete overlay. If it needs to be manually stained, stamped with various patterns, or scored, additional costs may apply. Patching holes and cracks prior to the resurfacing stage can also add to the price, depending on how extensive the work involved.
Maintaining a Stamped Concrete Overlay
A stamped concrete overlay can last several years as long as it is properly installed. But just like other surfaces, it also has to be properly maintained to extend its lifespan. However, the upkeep involved is a lot simpler and minimal. A concrete sealer can help make the cleaning process easier. It keeps debris, moisture, snow, and other elements from getting absorbed into the porous concrete. Sealers work best for a couple of years but a lot shorter for areas that experience heavy foot traffic. A sealer can be reapplied when you notice that it has faded or is not as efficient in protecting the overlay anymore.
With just a broom and mop, a stamped concrete patio or deck can be kept free from dirt and damage. It does not really require a cleaning product but if you decide to use one, ask the installer first if it is safe to use on your concrete overlay.
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Residential and commercial property owners deserve only the best decorative concrete solutions to enhance their concrete spaces. With 20 years of experience to back us up, Denver Concrete Artisans has become well-versed in stamped concrete overlay installation. We take pride in our work. We are very detail-oriented, making sure every inch is installed impeccably. We are a trusted concrete company in the Denver metro area.
If you have questions about the process, your options, and how much it may cost or any of our concrete services, make sure to call or email us today to learn more about our concrete services. We can come visit you, evaluate your concrete work space, and discuss your options.