What You Need To Know About Stamped Patios

We decided to add a patio to the exterior of our home. We like the look of a stamped patio and our builder only installs a basic concrete slab patio and it is pretty costly. The builder’s expertise is not worrying about the exterior of your home, and I think most builders prefer not to offer patios at all, but some people still have their builder install their patio before they close. The only downside to not having the builder do the patio is the wood barricade 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 I suggest you do before you close). We had two different companies come out and give us bids and we selected one of the companies.

Before Installation

Before installation began, visit the company and look at the huge variety of colors and designs. It’s a bit difficult to determine a color without an exterior siding sample. In fact, if at all possible before selecting something like this, get a sample of your siding. 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 chose 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 chips it will be the same color all the way through. Some companies apply color only to the surface and if the concrete shows some wear, the color underneath will not match. 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 makes our patio visible from many areas inside our house. We definitely want to be sure the color and pattern are just right, since it will be a prominent thing in our backyard, (and permanent too)!

Day 1

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 as opposed to just straight stairs. They look great! After 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 chose. Then, they apply a powder over this surface, which is the “release” that creates the various color variations in the texture on the surface. The “release” looks a bit pink in hue to me and I was a little worried that it wasn’t the right color. But, after it sits on the surface, it is rinsed and creates the true color. The next day, they crew came out again and scored the concrete, which protects it if settling occurs. And, then they apply a glaze, which makes the entire patio shine, and enhances 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 where we can relax, entertain and enjoy all year long. Now, I can’t wait to enjoy it!

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

  • January 22, 2016 at 2:58 am

    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!

  • February 29, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    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?

    • February 29, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      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!

  • February 29, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    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.

    • February 29, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks John! I’d love to see how your patio turns out – feel free to share a photo once it’s complete!

  • April 12, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    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.

  • April 13, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Thank you for spending the time to share, I really feel strongly about it and love studying more on this. Please keep updating your website with additional info.

  • April 13, 2016 at 3:44 am

    One of my favorite posts.

  • June 15, 2016 at 2:35 am

    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.

  • September 20, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Your patio looks amazing! All that prep and meticulousness totally paid off! Job well done!


  • October 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    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.

  • October 4, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Incredible! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a totally different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Outstanding choice of colors!

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