Stamped concrete overlays are a popular 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 Austin Concrete Artisans has been trained to be skilled and knowledgeable concrete resurfacing experts.
Stamped Overlay Vs Stamped Concrete
It is quite common for people to get confused when it comes to the difference between stamped overlays and stamped concrete. They are almost the same except for one slight difference. Stamped concrete and stamped overlay are both decorative methods of stamping or imprinting concrete to imitate patterns and designs. The slight difference is that 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 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 concrete driveway, patio or pool deck and like the stamped look then it will save you a lot of money if you install a stamped concrete overlay so you don’t have to tear out and replace your existing concrete surface.
Advantages of Concrete Stamping
When it comes to updating or repairing concrete surfaces, there is a wide range of decorative options available. Many home and business owners prefer stamp concrete overlays over anything else. Here are good reasons why:
- Various patterns and designs can be imprinted on a concrete overlay, be it for residential or commercial spaces.
- It can be customized to look exactly like high-end materials such as brick and natural stone.
- Aside from the concrete stamping 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 comes at more affordable prices.
- Stamp concrete overlays are often used for outdoor spaces like the patio, driveway or concrete pool deck 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 Textures, Designs and Patterns for Concrete Pool Decks, Patios, Driveways and other surfaces!
When it comes to versatile resurfacing solutions, concrete overlay takes the top spot. You can stamp the whole concrete space, the borders of a 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 driveways 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 Concrete 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 before making a decision.
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 overlay is prepared and mixed well before being installed onto the concrete slab.
Step 4: After stamping the surface, it is left to dry 24 to 48 hours. 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.
Step 5: We color the imprinted concrete surface should you want it.
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 Concrete Overlay Costs
The cost of resurfacing with a concrete overlay is less inexpensive than removing an existing slab and then replacing it with a new one. Cost is further influenced by the type of pattern, the size of the area, and other important factors. 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 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 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 solutions to enhance their concrete spaces. With 20 years of experience to back us up, Austin Concrete Artisans has become well-versed in stamp overlay installation. We take pride in our work. We are very detail-oriented, making sure every inch is installed impeccably.
If you have questions about the process, your options, and how much it may cost, please call or email us. We can come visit you, evaluate your concrete space, and discuss your options.
Austin Concrete Artisans were a pleasure to work with. From the beginning of the process (project review, bid estimate, contract) to the final step (sealing my new porch and walkway), the team was courteous, professional, accommodating and thorough. Other than the weather prolonging the process, everything happened in order, as stated and without problems. I love my new walkway/porch and would recommend MCA to everyone!
I used Austin Concrete Artisans to do my pool deck area and they were amazing! Not only were they helpful in showing samples, colors etc… they were extremely organized and beyond efficient! I plan on using them in the future for more projects! I would highly recommend this company!