Stamped Concrete Patio Design Ideas You'll Love For Years To Come


Stamped Concrete Patio Ideas For Your Madison Wisconsin Home

The patio is an essential element of outdoor living. It's the place where you gather with family and friends on those hot summer days and crisp autumn nights. One material that is perfect for creating a beautiful patio space is concrete. When compared to decking and other patio surface options, concrete is a durable, flexible material that can be adapted to any design style and poured into any shape.

A colorful stamped concrete patio is the perfect decorative flooring for outdoor entertainment areas from outdoor kitchens and living rooms, to dining areas and outdoor fireplaces. It provides you with all of the beauty of an indoor floor along with excellent durability and weather resistance. Today, more homeowners are realizing that a stamped concrete patio can give them the look of elegant natural stone, but at a much more reasonable price. 

The Many Benefits of Stamped Concrete

A stamped concrete patio is ideal for a firepit.

One of the most impressive benefits of stamped concrete is its flexibility. It offers you a vast array of decorative options not possible with other popular patio materials. Thanks to modern production techniques, your patio can be poured in any size or shape to custom fit any area, and you can choose from many different stone and brick patterns, even wood grained textures. 

Using stains, powdered color pigments, and antiquing agents, your design-build contractor can color your patio to look identical to natural stone or customize the color to match your home and landscape. You can even define your patio with a decorative border in a contrasting color or pattern.

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Because of concrete's flexibility, if you have an existing concrete patio that is cracked or stained, or in need of updating, it can be resurfaced. Resurfacing will make your patio look like new. A resurface patio can be colored or stamped.

Another trend designers have embraced is to integrate plants into spaces where expansion joints would otherwise go. These patches of green help to create a permeable surface and break up expansive paving with green materials. Permeable surfaces drain better and are much more environmentally friendly. It's also not uncommon to use artificial turf in these joints as well. It offers you the look of natural grass, with no maintenance needed and the same environmental benefits. 

Design Ideas For Stamped Concrete Patios

Multiple colors and textures can be integrated within one stamped concrete patio to create borders and distinct spaces.

Colored and stamped concrete can also be used as the floor for a 3-season room or screened porch.

Thanks to new developments being pioneered in stamped concrete you can achieve almost any look you're going for. Using pigment and patterns, your contractor can exactly match the style of any home architecture, from rustic to contemporary. Imagine the design possibilities, here are a few of the most popular:

• Pennsylvania Blue Stone – If you're going for a classic look consider having your patio stamped and tinted to perfectly match Pennsylvania Bluestone at a fraction of the cost of natural stone.

• Old English Slate – If you're looking for a rustic European look consider Old English Slate. To give your patio a look of natural bluestone, the base layer is colored with a pale blue color hardener and then accented with custom-mixed highlights. Faux grout lines added between the stones give your patio a beautiful hand-laid stone appearance.

• Warm Terra Cotta – Create an inviting space for entertaining family and friends by installing a stamped concrete patio with separate zones for a stone-faced outdoor fireplace and a large pergola. The warm terracotta coloring is created by using integrally colored concrete in a canvas shade and enhancing it with a dry shake hardener in a sun-baked clay color. Stamp the texture skins in a Roman slate pattern for a luxurious outdoor entertaining space.

• Decorative Borders – A decorative border is a great way to set off and frame a stamped concrete patio, especially if you choose to create a free-form design. Color the main body and stairs of your patio a warm beige with walnut accents, and create a border using a darker ebony acid stain for strong visual contrast.

• Travertine – By using travertine stamps and stone-textured liners you can replicate the look of luxurious natural travertine at a fraction of the cost. A hammered-edge form liner gives your patio the look of natural stone along the edges as well. Realistic coloring can be achieved by using a buff-toned, dry-shake hardener with a combination of sandstone, charcoal, and sandalwood, water-based stains. Adding a walnut antiquing wash gives your patio a beautiful weathered patina.

These are just a few of the most popular design options stamped concrete offers. Your design-build contractor will be up on the latest concrete technology and can help you to design the perfect outdoor entertainment space to match your needs and your homes architectural details, style, and charm. 

If you're planning an outdoor entertainment space, consider the many benefits of stamped concrete. If you live in the Madison, Wisconsin area, and you'd like to learn more about the many options stamped concrete offer, give the experts a Degnan Design Build Remodel a call. Our designers can help you to realize your creative vision and create the outdoor entertaining space you've been dreaming of!

This article was updated by Abe Degnan on 1/31/19.

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