Types of Concrete Patios
Poured concrete and stamped concrete are similar options that begin with a foundation built on the ground. Using the design chosen by the homeowners, the contractor will build a wood frame that determines the layout of the finished patio. This wood frame will hold the concrete until it dries and cures. The contractor pours wet concrete into the frame and lets the concrete cure before removing the frame.
Stamped concrete uses the same frame, but the contractor adds a finished design to the top while the concrete is still wet. Homeowners can choose a design that resembles natural stone or any other pattern they like. The contractor will place a pattern mold on top of the concrete, which presses the design into the wet mixture. Some homeowners also like the look of colored concrete. Contractors can add color to the concrete when it is still wet or apply a colored mixture to the surface before the concrete dries.
Concrete pavers are another valid option. Pavers are small pieces of concrete that come in different colors and designs, and many pavers resemble other types of materials, including natural stone or wood. Contractors need to dig out a trench and sprinkle sand or another aggregate material on the ground to keep the pavers from slipping. The second layer of aggregate material, applied after installing the pavers, will fill in any gaps between the pieces.