Stamped Concrete Contractors in San Antonio, TX
Stamped Overlay Vs. Stamped Concrete
Are you in the market for stamped concrete in the San Antonio area? 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 very decorative and both can be stamped or imprinted 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.
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, you'll want to install stamped concrete. However, if you have an existing concrete pool deck, patio or driveway and like the stamped look, it will save you a lot of money if you install a stamped concrete overlay. That way 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's a wide range of decorative options available. Many home and business owners prefer stamped concrete over anything else. Here are some good reasons why:
Various patterns and designs can be imprinted on a concrete overlay, whether it's for residential or commercial spaces.
- It can be customized to look exactly like a high-end material 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 can be done at more affordable prices.
- Stamped concrete overlays are often used for outdoor spaces like patios, driveways, or pool decks, but they can also be applied 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, even in San Antonio's sometimes extreme weather.
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 concrete driveways to enhance curb appeal. The most sought-after stamp patterns for concrete overlays are:
- Basket weave
- European Fan
- Fractured Slate
- Fractured Earth
Deciding on a pattern or design that matches your house or commercial space can be quite challenging without proper planning. We will 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 and 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 far beneath 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 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 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 concrete overlay is less inexpensive than removing an existing slab and replacing it with a new one. Costs can vary 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 is that's 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 simple 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 its effectiveness will be 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 of dirt and damage. It does not really require a cleaning product, but if you decide to use one, ask the installer what is safe to use on your concrete overlay.