Stamped concrete is concrete that is patterned and/or textured or embossed to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile, wood, and various other patterns and textures. Stamped concrete is commonly used for patios, sidewalks, driveways, pool decks, and interior flooring. However, stamped concrete is a vague term that is used to describe both concrete overlays as well as newly poured concrete stamped with rubber mats. This has lead to confusion in the industry as it seems the term stamped concrete is interchangeable. Concrete finishes are offered in various a range of options. Stamped concrete applied on a new 4″ concrete pour can be colored and patterned during the curing process. Stamped concrete overlays or hand trowel overlays are decorative concrete which enhances the aesthetic of concrete. Overlays are thin, about the thickness of a coin and can be designed by hand or stamped to give the look of marble, stone, pavers, or other patterns. This is a much more cost effective installation than these more expensive hardscapes. However, if you are adding more space you may be more inclined towards pouring a new stamped colored concrete pour.
Stamped concrete is typically a colored concrete poured into place and then stamped with special stamps. Whereas Stamped Concrete Overlays are mixed onsite and are made to go over-top an existing surface then can be stamped, hand carved and colored. Overlays give old concrete a new appearance and often give more appeal with the range of styles, designs and colorations.
If you need to pour concrete and want to give a unique finish of stone or tile, its more cost effective to pour a new stamped concrete pour than pour grey concrete and add an overlay. However, if you want to match existing concrete with the new pour, overlays are the best option.
Overlays and stamped colored pours offer a brand-new look for your patio, pool deck, driveway or other concrete surface. You do not need to replace the concrete when installing an overlay. If there are cracks in existing concrete, they can be minimized or hidden with an overlay.
With colored concrete pours you choose from base color with textured stamped finish, and overlays you have a choice of multi-color and either stamped or hand carved grout lines. Flagstone, brick, paver, wood all have a beautiful aesthetic on patios, pool decks and walkways. Decorative overlays have all the aesthetic advantages of conventional stamping or paving, but they’re easier and almost always less costly to install. Overlays are also thin, about the thickness of a coin and will not create a trip hazard, where a new stamped concrete pour is a 4 inch thick pad.
Arrowhead Deck and Concrete; Arrowhead Deck and Pools overlays offer a cooling factor that isn’t available with a new concrete pour. Keep in mind the darker the color, the more heat is absorbed. However, overlays have a cooling material which drastically reduces the surface temperature. The substrate must be in good condition to apply the coating, but in special circumstance we have solutions for environmental conditions with primers or reducers which allow us a durable and lasting finish. We’ll add two or three different colors in our antiquing schemes to provide good depth on the overlays.