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In the residential market, stamped concrete is turning heads and boosting curb appeal as a paving material for driveways, pool decks, walkways, patios and entryways, often as an alternative to brick pavers or natural stone. And it's being installed in all areas of the country, from Southern California to Northern Minnesota.

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That's because no matter what the climate, properly installed decorative stamped concrete offers the same durability, strength and permanence as conventional concrete. When the right mix design and placement procedures are used, exterior stamped concrete can be installed year-round in most regions of the country (see our seasonal pouring tips). And it doesn’t matter whether your stamped concrete is exposed to freeze-thaw conditions, the harsh desert sun, or salty ocean breezes. When properly sealed and maintained, stamped concrete will withstand even the harshest weather extremes. Furthermore, with sufficient reinforcement, it also bears up well under vehicle and heavy foot traffic. Because of these qualities, stamped concrete is also a practical choice for enhancing public places, such as theme parks, shopping malls, lobbies, parking lots and zoos.

You can give stamped concrete regional flair by using colors, patterns and textures that blend with the local environment. See these real-world examples of where stamped concrete is being installed from coast to coast:

  • Western U.S.
  • Central U.S.
  • Eastern U.S.
  • Canada
  • Northwest

    Pool deck in Gig Harbor, Wash.
    Pattern: Tile
    Patio in Portland, Ore.
    Pattern: Ashler slate
    Driveway in Spokane, Wash.
    Pattern: Arizona Flagstone

    West / Southwest

    Walkway in Madera, Calif.
    Pattern: Random stone
    Pool deck in Rialto, Calif.
    Pattern: Ashlar slate
    Walkway in Tucson, Ariz.
    Pattern: Ashlar slate


    Patio in Aurora, Colo.
    Pattern: Seamless stone texture
    Courtyard in Denver, Colo.
    Pattern: Seamless stone texture
    Driveway in Hamilton, Mont.
    Pattern: Ashlar slate


    Patio in Carterville, Ill.
    Pattern: European fan cobblestone
    Front porch in Cokato, Minn.
    Pattern: Wood plank
    Pool deck in Denmark, Wis.
    Pattern: Seamless stone texture


    Pool deck in Humble, Texas
    Pattern: European fan cobblestone
    Driveway in Lowell, Ark.
    Pattern: Ashlar slate
    Entryway in Oklahoma City, Okla.
    Pattern: Old-World cobblestone


    Pool deck in Crescent, Pa.
    Pattern: Brick with exposed aggregate border
    Walkway in Charles Town, W. Va.
    Pattern: Ashlar slate with a brick border
    Patio in Gaithersburg, Md.
    Pattern: Ashlar slate with a brick border


    Pool deck in Acton, Mass.
    Pattern: Ashlar slate
    Walkway in Belford, N.J.
    Pattern: European fan cobblestone
    Walkway in Old Greenwich, Conn.
    Pattern: Ashlar slate


    Patio in Douglasville, Ga.
    Pattern: Ashlar slate
    Walkway in Greer, S.C.
    Pattern: Ashlar Slate
    Walkway in Opa-Locka, Fla.
    Pattern: Ashlar slate


    Pool deck in Ottawa, Ont.
    Pattern: Seamless stone texture
    Patio in Whitby, Ont.
    Pattern: Ashlar Slate
    Driveway in Airdrie, Alb.
    Pattern: Seamless stone texture

Although you typically see stamped concrete outdoors and underfoot, more people are now awakening to the many applications for stamped concrete indoors. Among the latest trends:

  • Installing concrete floors stamped with tile, slate, fieldstone or even wood-plank patterns in entrances, kitchens, family rooms and basements.
  • Enhancing walls or fireplaces with vertical stamped overlays. These lightweight cement-based mixes can be applied thickly to wall surfaces without sagging, making it possible to imprint them with deep cut-stone patterns.
  • Adding decorative interest to concrete countertops, bartops and bathroom vanities. Even small embellishments, such as delicate leaf imprints, can have a dramatic impact because these surfaces are closer to eye level.
  • Rejuvenating existing concrete floors with stampable polymer-modified overlays, which offer the same design options as conventional stamped concrete.