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Taking Concrete Surfaces To A Whole New Level

Any boring patio can easily be converted into a gorgeous and inviting element of the landscape with the right stamped concrete in Memphis. Stamped concrete is easy for the professionals at Surface Scapes to apply and is available in a wide range of options. It more or less involves pouring the concrete over the designated area and applying the stamp to create a pattern as the concrete dries. This seemingly simple process can produce numerous beautiful textures and designs depending on your preferences.

Your Pattern Choice

One of the best things about stamped concrete is the number of options available. Stamped overlays are the perfect opportunity to create a Memphis patio that appears to be made from limestone, granite, flagstone, or any other natural rock you would like due to the patterns stamped into the surface. You can even have your contractor customize a unique stamp for your deck, but doing so will cost a bit more. It can be worth it, however, if you want a unique design that will make your patio stand out from the crowd. SunStamp from Sundek is the perfect example of a versatile stampable concrete overlay that you can customize with your ideal design.

Quick and Affordable

Opting for stamped concrete will give you a patio with an elegant appearance in a quick and affordable manner. Adding the stamping on a concrete overlay prevents the need to rip up the entire existing concrete and pour new concrete in its place. Instead of the stamped concrete taking weeks to complete, an overlay will only take a few days. The shorter amount of time also minimizes labor costs. When you factor in the lower quantities of concrete and other materials needed, you end up saving a great deal of money, even if you select a customized stamp.

Improved Resistance Preserves Beauty

Stamped concrete is a unique material in that it remains as beautiful as it is at installation. Some materials, such as wood, will age over time, becoming worn and fading unless you regularly stain them. Concrete, however, is highly durable and able to resist the elements. This means that your gorgeous Memphis stamped concrete will take years to begin to show wear and tear. In the meantime, you will have an aesthetically appealing patio with a beautiful pattern to enjoy. To help your surface last even longer, ask your contractor about which sealants can help extend its lifespan by protecting it from the weather.

When it comes time to resurface your driveway, you want to make sure to select a reputable Memphis concrete dealer to supply your materials. Quality will make a significant difference in terms of ease of application, appearance, and durability. As such, you don’t want to simply select the dealer with the most affordable concrete; instead, make sure that it is able to meet your requirements and offer the highest-quality products. If, for example, a dealer works with Sundek products, such as Sun Stone or Sun Canvas, you can trust it to have other high-quality materials for sale and installation, like those at SurfaceScapes. In addition to paying attention to the selection, you want to research the company itself.

Licensing and Qualifications

You should always take the time to be sure that a Memphis concrete dealer is licensed to work in your area and has insurance, including both workman’s compensation and liability. In most cases, insurance is a requirement for licensing, but it is still a good idea to check. Remember that hiring an unlicensed contractor or dealer could leave you without any guarantee concerning the work and no built-in method of dealing with permit violations. While checking for licensing, also be sure that your potential concrete dealer and contractor have the necessary qualifications. This means that they should have training and experience working on a project similar to the one you will be hiring them for.

References and Reviews

As with any other product or service you will pay for, your concrete dealer should have positive reviews and be able to provide you with references. Check the dealer’s status with the Better Business Bureau to make sure there are no open complaints. When looking at reviews, pay special attention to how the professional handled any issues that arose during previous projects.

Get a Contract

Finally, you want to make sure that whichever Memphis concrete dealer you choose to go with is willing to sign a contract. This should outline exactly how much you will be paying as well as what those fees will include, such as supplies, labor, and more.

If you are thinking of installing a patio on your property, it is common to wonder whether concrete is a good choice. Installing concrete patios in Memphis will require a bit of upfront investment in terms of time, money, and labor costs, but it is certainly worth the investment. Between low upfront costs, durability, and versatility, concrete will continue to return your initial investment.

Low Upfront Cost

When considering the cost of Memphis concrete patios as opposed to other materials, you will quickly realize that concrete can be fairly affordable. Opting for decorative concrete with a stamped overlay, such as SunStone, could be significantly cheaper than buying and installing a patio made of real stone. Because of today’s technology in the decorative concrete industry including; quick drying sealers, fast setting concrete overlays, and tools that ensure efficiency in application, contractors are able add patterns and customization to concrete more efficiently. All of this results in a quicker project turn around, than with other materials, reducing the labor costs.

Durable

Concrete patios will also be much more durable than other options available, helping protect your investment. Concrete is sturdy enough to withstand weather conditions, and stamped concrete, such as SunStamp, will last significantly longer than masonry or wood patios.

Simple Maintenance

As a further advantage, concrete patios are very easy to maintain. This comes from the entire unit being a solid surface as opposed to a series of paving stones. This eliminates the risk of uneven pavers leading to a tripping hazard and weeds sprouting between stones. In comparison with wooden patios, concrete doesn’t need to be stained and resealed as regularly or run the risk of splinters, wood rot, or termites.

Easy to Change with Resurfacing

A final thing to keep in mind is that changing the appearance of a concrete patio is generally simpler than doing so with another patio material. You can always resurface the concrete in the future, adding a decorative overlay, such as Classic Texture, or changing the color via SunDye. It is even possible to resurface the concrete and add a new stamp to change its appearance dramatically with minimal cost.

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