What is stamped concrete?

Stamped concrete is “regular” concrete that is installed in a special way, colored and stamped with special molds so it appears to be natural stone, brick, tile, slate, etc.


How many colors and patterns are there to select from?

You’ll be surprised!  There are literally thousands of color and pattern combinations to choose from – see our color and pattern charts. If you don’t see something you like, please ask!

How much does stamped concrete cost vs other surfaces?

It’s always tough to give exact numbers that cover all situations, but here are some basic price ranges that cover many common residential patio, pool deck, and driveway projects.  Basic stamped concrete is typically $14 - $15 per square foot ... fancy, multi-color, grouted stamped concrete typically $17 - $18 per square foot … pavers are typically $19 - $25 per square foot … natural flagstone or PA bluestone on a new concrete base is typically $26 - $32 per square foot.

Can you provide landscaping to accent my new stamped concrete patio?

Yes!  We provide a full range of services including stamped concrete, custom patios, driveways, concrete resurfacing, concrete polishing, etc.  For landscaping, we have special package pricing arrangements with a local landscaping design partner group that provide discounted services to our customers.

What is “Toss On Color”?  Can’t the color be put in through and through?

Good question.  “Toss On” color is a term for one technique to apply the base color on stamped concrete.  This technique, more commonly called “Surface Color Hardener” is where the color is applied to the top surface, when the concrete is still wet. The other alternative technique is to mix the color through and through into the concrete before it is placed.  There are many advantages and disadvantage to both. Be sure you understand both before making a decision. Please ask for a more complete discussion on this topic when we meet!
See our full article in the “features” section on this website for details on the 2 different coloring techniques for stamped concrete, Integral color vs toss-on color, aka. Surface color hardener.

Wait, don’t concrete patios develop a lot of cracks?

No. Nearly all of our jobs are installed successfully with no reports of visible cracks. Yes, concrete can crack, but we minimize the risk by using a solid and proven construction process that includes high strength concrete, steel reinforcement, gravel base and expansion and control joints. Ask more questions about the risk of cracking so you know what to expect.


I’ve heard of pavers, aren’t they better?

No surface is perfect. Some people prefer concrete, where others prefer pavers. 

Stamped Concrete is typically the most cost effective requiring the least maintenance.  Pavers create a beautiful surface, but most often is more expensive and requires more maintenance. Concrete typically has control joints (lines) to be worked into the design. New modern concrete sealers are available that have nearly no visible shine, ie matte finish. Polymeric sand is available for pavers that helps to reduce weeds, but weed maintenance and settlement is still expected. There is a great patio solution for everyone. Some will find pavers better for them and others will find stamped concrete better.  Understand the pros and cons and select the surface that is best for you!


What is “grouted” stamped concrete?
Grouted Stamped Concrete is where the grout lines in the stamp pattern are grouted to create a more natural look. Hmmm, so what does that mean…   To grout stamped concrete is to place a special cement mixture (looks like a milkshake) into the grout lines (grooves between what appears to be stones in the stamp pattern) of the stamped concrete.


This process is done the day or two after the stamped concrete is poured.  This grout mixture is applied into the grout lines typically in a light tan or gray color to resemble real grout.  Grouting is typically an upgrade, but is the “ultimate” in creating an authentic and natural stone look. Don’t worry, this grout doesn’t need any maintenance beyond the regular maintenance of your stamped concrete.