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Basic stamped concrete costs between $8 and $12 per square foot, but more involved projects can be as high as $18 per square foot. The cost of stamped concrete varies widely, depending on the prices for materials and labor in your local market and the complexity of the job. The most affordable stamped concrete uses just one pattern and color, while the more expensive installations feature multi-pattern designs with special coloring effects, such as hand-applied stain accents.

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While the stamped concrete cost may exceed that for asphalt or plain concrete, it is competitive with or sometimes even lower than the cost of installing natural stone and brick or precast pavers. The main reason is the labor component-some installers find it more economical to pour concrete and apply a pattern than to haul and place individual paving units by hand.

Stamped Concrete Price Ranges
BASIC COST.
$8-12 per square foot
One stamp pattern, one color
MID-RANGE COST.
$12-18 per square foot
Borders, contrasting patterns and colors
HIGH-END COST.
$18+ per square foot
Multiple stamp patterns and colors, specialty scored designs, hand-coloring, most realistic

And keep in mind that your initial outlay for a stamped concrete project is only part of the total cost equation. Don't forget to consider these important factors

  • Longevity and upkeep. Concrete generally lasts longer and requires less maintenance than most other paving materials, which can add up to big savings over the pavement's lifetime.
  • Increase in resale value. Decorative stamped concrete adds curb appeal and aesthetic value to your home, allowing you to maximize the return on your investment.

If you're on a tight budget, you can still achieve impressive results by mixing stamped concrete with fields of less-expensive plain concrete, such as installing a driveway with only a border of stamped concrete. Or do the work in stages, maybe tackling the front driveway and walkway one year followed by your backyard patio or pool deck a year or two later. Your patience will be rewarded!

Cost Saving Tip: If you have a large area you want paved, picking a basic design is often a great way to keep costs at a reasonable level.

Last updated: December 9, 2016