Do you have an existing patio showing signs of age - or maybe you have a large yard and want to update your entertaining space? A stamped concrete patio provides you a solid surface, minimal maintenance, and a lasting investment.
Why Choose Stamped Concrete?
We may often admire the intricate designs of patio pavers. What we don't see is the maintenance involved. Patio pavers are laid over a bed of stone and backfilled with gravel. The gravel can become displaced by heavy rains and regular use. Sweeping will be part of your routine. Sweeping helps to keep the small stones in between stones and clear debris from the surface.
Grass clippings, leaves, and seeds are likely to find their way onto your paver patio. Gravel is not an ideal area for any plant to grow, but without keeping the surface free of debris, there is a large amount of real estate available for plants and weeds to take root. You will find yourself regularly find yourself spraying for weeds or pulling them by hand.
A stamped concrete patio can provide you with a beautiful design with a solid surface. Concrete is poured in slabs, leaving a small space in between each called a joint. Joints are filled with a sealer to prevent debris and water from collecting in between slabs.
The Low Maintenance of Stamped Concrete
Concrete professionals prepare, pour, cure, and seal each concrete surface to promote longevity. We typically remove 4 inches of dirt and lay a gravel base. We tamp the gravel down to create a level yet porous surface to encourage drainage around the slab. A wooden barrier is created for each slab. The concrete is poured on top of the gravel and stamped. Once the concrete cures, we remove the wooden barrier and seal the concrete surface.
Maintaining the seal is essential to the durability of your concrete patio. Joints should remain sealed. You can backfill your joints with a concrete sealer at your local home improvement store, where you can also find a concrete surface sealer. Seal the joints anytime they appear to lose integrity. A general rule of thumb is to seal your patio once every 2-5 years. When having your patio installed, ask your concrete professional for a suggested maintenance schedule.
Professional Stamped Concrete Patios
Concrete installation requires accuracy and precision. We recommend choosing a concrete professional for your stamped patio.
Poured concrete requires proper drainage. Without it, your patio may be compromised and at risk for damage. Professional installers will create an appropriate base for your new space.
Concrete consistency is essential. Too much or too little water added to a concrete mixture will negatively impact the curing process.
Leveling the concrete prior to stamp application takes a well-trained eye, as does apply the stamp. You want your concrete patio to have a uniform appearance with minimal flaws. Using professionals who regularly install stamped concrete will complete the job accurately and efficiently.
You have a variety of stamps to chose from, including wood, flagstone, slate, pavers, brick, and several others. Which pattern you chose may depend on the size of the space.
If you are looking to create a personalized look, you may use concrete stain to add color to parts of your stamped patio. Colors vary, and the application process is timing-consuming. Using a concrete professional for your stained concrete patio will provide you with beautiful work with less time and stress.
Your Concrete Professionals
At Asphalt Peoria, we are a dedicated group of professionals with years of experience creating stamped concrete patios. We provide high-quality patios and patio maintenance. Give us a call today at (309) 324-3800 to start your next patio project!