Summer is here! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and your backyard is looking a little…outdated. Maybe it’s time for a fresh approach. You’ve tried gardening, sprucing up here and there, but the landscape is still missing something. Something…special. It’s time for a new custom patio.
Financial Considerations for Decorative Concrete
“But that sounds expensive,” you may be thinking to yourself. Maybe you think it can wait, you don’t have the money for it, or it’s not worth it. Well, think again, because the benefits of stamped and decorative concrete far outweigh the cost, and you can control the budget when you understand how the process works.
Average Stamped & Decorative Concrete Patio Prices
In general terms, a decorative concrete job from Kent Home Services ranges between $4,000 minimum and $20,000. The typical patio average is around $7000-$8000. Keep in mind, this is your concrete only. Homeowners sometimes have related costs, such as landscaping or replacing a fence to allow equipment to enter. These can all be discussed with a service professional.
Decorative concrete patios are much more durable, and they stand up to extreme weather conditions and outside elements better than traditional patios. They require less maintenance, and they allow more creative freedom in design and aesthetics. Using concrete will also be a less expensive solution than other materials. Qualified professionals can help get you the decorative concrete design of your dreams without breaking the bank.
Decorative concrete projects are fun and creative experiences. Tap into your artistic side! Decorative concrete is an open canvas, and you have a lot of design choices you can make. Work with your contractor of choice to choose between general design approaches for your patio, then get more specific from there. Your options should include:
- Colored & Stained Concrete
- Stamped Concrete Options
- “Stone” concrete
- “Wood Plank” concrete
- “Brick” concrete
- Other stamped concrete options
- Exposed Aggregate
- Seamless Textures
- And more custom styles…
A professional should be able to work with you to make your decorative concrete dream a reality.
Start thinking creatively about the concrete colors and patterns you like, and those that would naturally complement your property. Stamped concrete is a simple way to give your custom concrete a unique look and great finish. A good contractor has many different styles to choose from. Here at Kent Home Services, we encourage our customers to work with us to come up with a custom solution that matches their expectations — even if they don’t see the option they’re looking for at first.
Keep Your Patio Simple For Smaller Budgets
Simple decorative concrete patios cost less.
Color: Picking one solid color of concrete for your entire patio rather than mixing and matching colors will significantly reduce the cost of the entire project.
Stamping: Adding stamping styles can also increase the price. Some stamps are easy to use, while others impart intricate, complex designs. The intricacy increases the installation time and the cost for the project.
Exposed Aggregate: Exposed aggregate is a beautiful and inexpensive decorative option.
For smaller patios, one color should suffice. Consider sticking with just one style of stamped concrete for the entire area, giving the concrete a very solid, consistent feel throughout.
Picking one, continuous color of concrete for your entire patio rather than mixing and matching colors will significantly reduce the cost of the entire project.
Saving Money By Saving Space: Deciding The Size Of Your Patio
More concrete costs more money, more labor, more pouring, and more time. But it doesn’t have to prevent you from having the patio you are looking for. If you are looking to trim the edges of your budget, think about patio size and shape. Traditional square or rectangle shapes are easier to form and are therefore less expensive. Rounded concrete and shapes take more time to form properly. Rounded, intricate shapes are more expensive. Think about how you’ll use your concrete space and balance that with your budget constraints.
Remember, concrete can be poured into almost any shape! Use the natural shape of the landscape to really be creative with the design and pour of the stamped or decorative concrete. You can also choose unique aesthetics to complement the rounded design of your concrete.
Remember, concrete can be poured into almost any shape!
Use this project as an opportunity to emphasize the open space that remains with a garden, lawn, or just about anything else!
Decorative Options for Your Concrete
Colored & Stained Concrete
Colored concrete is a great choice for interior floors as well as exterior hardscapes. We use professional-grade color treatments to color all layers of your concrete. We will work with you to select a color or a combination of accent colors that brings your project to life. We are experts in color selection and how the finishing, sealing and polishing methods affect the finished product.
For interior projects, stained concrete is a great option! Staining is a process that permeates the surface of the concrete to add color, tones, and depth to its appearance. Staining can add that final touch of perfection to your concrete floors throughout the home.
Stenciling concrete is a unique application that adds both color and pattern to your project. The color and pattern techniques are endless. Our project estimators will help you identify the stencils that will achieve the look you want at the right budget.
Exposed Aggregate Concrete
Finally, a classic option that is easy on your budget is exposed aggregate concrete. Exposed aggregate concrete is a great choice for those who want to achieve a decorative look but not necessarily invest in a lot of extra decorative treatments. Aggregate refers to the fillers within your concrete mix – the sand, gravel and even pebbles that are a part of the mix. Exposed aggregate concrete purposefully washes away the top layer of the concrete to reveal the natural detail of the materials that comprise the concrete itself. The shape, texture and color of the aggregate can be customized to best suit your property.
Decorative Patios Are Huge DIY Jobs
Time is money, so be sure to budget your time well! Stamped and decorative concrete can be poured and stamped in a relatively short amount of time, especially with a professional installation team.
Working with concrete requires significant knowledge, time, and money. If you are thinking about pouring decorative concrete yourself, research the process thoroughly! In addition to locating and purchasing all the raw materials yourself, you will need professional equipment to dig and excavate the area for your patio. Unless, of course, you would like to go the old fashioned way of digging by hand. This step alone can take several days to complete, and may still not be accurate despite your best intentions.
Pavers Vs. Decorative Concrete Slabs
Pavers are just as difficult to do yourself. Multiple layers of sand and silt must be added before the pavers can be placed. You must work carefully and slowly to arrange them all correctly and evenly. After hours of project work, you will likely have leftover materials. Did you place everything correctly? What about erosion? Even professionally installed pavers and stones shift and settle over time, leading to more headache for the homeowner.
Concrete is more reliable, consistent, long lasting, and professional looking than traditional patio materials.
Stamped concrete does not come with the underlying problems that stones and pavers have. Stamped concrete porches are all one solid piece, so there are no individual sections to shift and settle in different directions like pavers do.
Unlike pavers or stone, with concrete you can choose creative designs are that impossible to replicate with traditional materials.
Whether you DIY or go with a professional, stamped concrete provides a more beautiful, longer lasting, and less expensive result. Our team can excavate and install your newly poured custom concrete quickly and efficiently with long-lasting, professional results.
Additional Benefits To Decorative Concrete
Stamped concrete can mimic almost any other traditional building material. Some customers even choose to replicate a wood look for indoor concrete floors that is indistinguishable from traditional wood at a glance. From brick, granite, slate, and much more, there are plenty of decorative options to choose from.
Another additional benefit that goes unnoticed by most homeowners is the added value that a beautiful, decorative concrete patio will bring to your home. A nice garden landscape or yard with an equally impressionable custom patio can net you a higher return when selling your home.
If you still have questions or concerns about decorative concrete options, consider calling a professional for a free quote. They can provide you with all the answers you need, discuss the unique project details that you are looking for, ease any concerns you may have, and provide a good estimate to what the total cost of the project will be.
Summer is one of the best times of the year to install a new decorative concrete patio. Plus, you will have plenty of time before the weather changes to enjoy it! So start thinking creatively, make that call, and enjoy your new custom concrete patio!