Home renovations can be a never-ending process. The roof needs replacing, the furnace needs fixing, you need to replace that old wooden patio with something new, something that will both impress and provide an area perfect for entertaining guests. Before you shrug off the idea, some concrete patios in Denver have taken the normal ideas of what concrete should look like above and beyond your preconceived notions.
Through a post-pour process called “stamping,” concrete installers are able to leave indelible, permanent designs and flourishes within the wet mixture. Once the concrete dries, it’s covered with an acrylic sealant that helps keep the area looking beautiful for years to come. Cleaning it off is a cinch, too, as you’ll only need a garden hose or a broom to get rid of any grass or rocks that find their way onto it. Here are a few different styles of stamping you can have done to your concrete driveway, patio, or pool area that will add serious flair to your home.
Modern: This design style relies on basic colors like black, grey, white, and a slim few bright colors for accent. Some of the shapes found in this style are stark; rectangles, squares, and diamond-shaped patterns. This style is a little easier to manage and design with its heavy use of basic shapes, both large and small, to create a highly geometric, but elegant and beautiful, contemporary feel to your patio.
Old World: Just seeing the phrase has already got you thinking of the hilly landscapes of Italy, doesn’t it? The colors involved in this style of concrete stamping are best when they are shades of brown, light greens, mustard yellows, and rich, brownish reds to give the feel of Tuscan villas in the summer. While there is a geometric feel to the stamping designs, this style is best suited for the stone-like patterns or hardscape surfaces that look like flagstone or fractured earth.
Ranch/Rustic: Not unlike the Old World style, the stamp shapes in the Ranch or Rustic style are best when geometric or when imitating the look of random stone or slate. Color-wise, imagine your backyard surrounded by mountains: velvety grays, deep browns, lighter and darker shades of cream or white are best suited to create a deep country or mountain resort vibe to your patio.
Traditional: Don’t think for a moment that traditional means boring or uninspired. Utilizing warm, muted colors of whites, dark greys, and more earthy tones, the traditional style harkens back to a more refined, upscale style of patio that can often look like marble or intricate brick work like slate or yorkstone.
Tropical: The tropical palette is one that emphasizes bright, bold colors while surrounded by lush, expansive vegetation. These colors and style are best used in bright climates near pools or ponds, but can be implemented in cooler climates to give a home a distinctly south-of-the-equator feel. Some of the stamping shapes used could be made to look like wooden slats or stone depending upon your personal preference.
As you can see, there are a plethora of styles one can use when updating concrete patios in Denver. Finding creative ways to install concrete not only enhances your home’s exterior in an aesthetic way, but can elicit gasps of shock and wonder when your guests come over and see the work that’s been done. Concrete is cheaper than the materials and labor laying actual pavestone or brick down, but the stamping process can still mimic both with a high level of accuracy and little to no maintenance. If any of these styles are what you want in your concrete patios in Denver, they’re right within reach.
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