What You Need To Know About Stamped Patios

We decided to add our own patio to the exterior of our home. We really like the look of the stamped patios and our builder would just be putting in a basic concrete slab patio, which was still pretty costly. The builder’s expertise is not worrying about the exterior of your home, and I think most builders would prefer to not offer patios at all, but some people still have their builder put their patio in before they close. The only downside to not having the builder do the patio is the wood barricade that must be added across your patio doors in order to close. That pretty much makes our backyard inaccessible from the breakfast room. Not the best situation when you have dogs. So, right away we contacted a concrete company (actually before we even closed on our home). We had two different companies come out and give us bids and we selected one of the companies.

Before the installation began, we went to the company and looked at a huge variety of colors and designs. It’s a bit difficult to determine a color when we didn’t have an exterior siding sample, or anything. In fact, if at all possible before selecting something like this, try to get a sample of the siding being used on your home. It will take the guesswork out of choosing a color. I did however, have our ranch house design photos, so at least I could refer to those, but you can’t be certain if the color in the photo represents the true color. After debating quite a bit about color and pattern, we ended up with a light tan/brown combination in a pattern called Arizona Flagstone.

installing stamped patio

One of the reasons why we chose the company that we did is that they will mix the color into the concrete, so if the concrete ever chipped or anything it will be the same color all the way through. Some companies apply the color to the surface and then if the concrete does in fact show some wear, the color underneath will not match. Be sure to find out how the color is applied when you request a bid, so you can be sure you’re comparing the same type of work.

Open ranch house plans like ours with several windows will make our patio visible from many parts of the inside of our house. We definitely wanted to be sure that we got the color and pattern just right, since it will be a prominent thing in our backyard, (and permanent too)!

The first day there was a large crew getting the patio poured to the size we wanted and the first thing they do is put the steps in. Luckily, we were able to ask the crew to make the steps something they call, “Wedding Cake” style stairs. They have a tiered effect to them as opposed to just straight stairs. It turned out great. After all was poured and smoothed, there was a bit of downtime, and then they began pressing a huge stamp very carefully into the surface of the concrete to get the flagstone pattern we had chosen. Then, they apply a powder over this surface, which is the “release” that will create the various color variations in the texture of the surface. The “release” looked a bit pink in hue to me and I was a little worried that it wasn’t the right color. But, that sits on the surface and then it is rinsed from the surface to create the true color. The next day, they crew came out again and scored to the concrete, which will help protect it if settling occurs. And, then they applied a glaze, which really made the entire patio shine, and enhanced the color tremendously.

close-up of stamped patio with Arizona Flagstone pattern

Although the project was an expensive one for being right after our move, it was entirely worth it, since it now gave us a backyard! And, this is something that will be permanent and create our outdoor living space that we can relax, entertain and enjoy all year long. Now, I can’t wait to get it decorated!

 

27 thoughts on “What You Need To Know About Stamped Patios

  • January 22, 2016 at 2:58 am
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    It is really nice that the color you chose for your paving was mixed right into the concrete. I didn’t even know that concrete could be any color besides gray! This would be a really good option for putting a nice looking in my backyard. Your flagstone pattern turned out very nice!

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    • February 29, 2016 at 10:17 pm
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      Kairi, glad the article was helpful! If you put in your own patio, we’d love to see a photo!

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  • February 29, 2016 at 4:17 pm
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    I want to try out the wedding cake style stairs you mentioned in my future home. The look of a stamped concrete patio really appeals to me and I feel like these kind of stairs would give it a fancier look. It is also good that you mentioned that although the project was expensive it was worth it. What would you say the estimated price range for this project is?

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    • February 29, 2016 at 10:13 pm
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      Patricia, the patio you see here was a little over $6000, however it is quite large. I believe it is around 20′ wide and 12′ deep. So, of course, for something smaller the price would be lower. We received three bids prior and this wasn’t the lowest, but for an additional fee they were able to put the patio in a few days after we moved in our house, which was worth it us. We wouldn’t have been able to access our backyard without it being installed and that would’ve made life hard with two dogs!

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  • February 29, 2016 at 5:52 pm
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    Your stamped concrete patio looks great. It looks like just what we’re looking for in our new place. I like the info in your article too. Some great things on color matching and good notes on the whole process of having it installed. Thanks for sharing.

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    • February 29, 2016 at 10:09 pm
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      Thanks John! I’d love to see how your patio turns out – feel free to share a photo once it’s complete!

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  • April 12, 2016 at 3:28 pm
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    I had never thought of asking how the color was mixed with the concrete. Mixing the color all the way through so if it chips it doesn’t change colors is a great idea. I will have to remember that when I’m looking for someone to put a concrete patio in for me. Thank you for the information.

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  • April 13, 2016 at 1:12 am
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    I don’t suppose I’ve ever learned anything like this before. So good to find somebody with some unique thoughts. This blog is something that is needed on the web, somebody with just a little originality.

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  • April 13, 2016 at 2:59 am
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  • April 13, 2016 at 8:49 am
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  • May 9, 2016 at 10:15 pm
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    The idea of stamped patio sounds pretty good for me to talk to my father about. He came over last night to talk about my plans on building a patio in my backyard. Part of my plan is to get some concrete bags in order to build the steps for the patio. The rest of the plan we’re still trying to come up and it seems like we might have to turn the whole thing into concrete because of the limited amount of lumber that we have.

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  • May 19, 2016 at 4:17 pm
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    I’ve been trying to decide what kind of material to use for my new front walkway. I’ve never heard of stamped concrete before! Seeing it now, though, I think I can say with certainty that I would like to have it done. There’s a lot of benefits, not to mention it looks really good. Thank you for sharing!

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  • June 15, 2016 at 2:35 am
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    I’ve never thought about getting a stamped patio. Even though it sounds I’d need to spend more than I plan to, I like the idea of having a concrete stamped patio. Though I don’t know what color I would get.

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  • June 21, 2016 at 12:11 pm
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    I’ve been trying to figure out what I should do to make my concrete look better. I didn’t know that you could get them stamped! It would make for a very nice looking patio. Thanks for sharing!

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  • October 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm
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    Thanks for the idea of using wedding cake style stairs! I hadn’t even considered it until now. I think it will also save a little bit of space around my door.

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  • December 17, 2016 at 8:56 am
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  • July 26, 2017 at 4:37 pm
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    I didn’t realize that stamped concrete patios come in a variety of colors and designs to ensure the exterior siding matches. My sister just moved into a home with a large backyard. This seems like an option that could add beauty to the space while creating a great entertaining space.

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