Frequently Asked Questions

Do you give free estimates?

Yes! Estimates are free. Keep in mind that there is so much more to decorative concrete than the price.

Are you a Better Business Bureau Accredited business?

Yes. Check our accreditation status here.

Are you insured?

Yes. We maintain substantial levels of general liability, automobile and workers' compensation insurance at all times.

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, we accept all major credit cards.

What is your specialty?

Decorative stamped concrete installations. In the decorative concrete industry there is a lot more involved than just forming and pouring a pad. We work with you on design ideas, layout, pattern selections, etc… Every job is custom to the customers wants and needs.

What is Stamped Concrete? Back to top

Stamped concrete is created from a slab of fresh concrete. Before the concrete fully dries it is stamped with a textured pattern to achieve impression in the concrete. Patterns can vary from the look of natural stone to tile.

Where can stamped concrete be used? Back to top

Stamped concrete can add beauty to your home when used for driveways, patios, pool decks, walkways, and any outdoor living space.

What is the process of stamping concrete? Back to top

The homeowner will choose the colors and pattern for their project.

On the first day of the job the area will be excavated and formed.

The second day we will have the concrete poured. Before the concrete dries completely colored resealing agent will be applied and then the concrete will be stamped. The third day the stamped concrete will be saw cut and detailed. The fourth day the sealer will be applied. Refer to the process page for more detailed information.

How long will the process take? Back to top

Every project will vary, depending on the complexity, just a patio will take 4-5 days. Projects that involve pool installation, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, etc. will vary.

Will my concrete crack? Back to top

Yes, Concrete does crack. However, your concrete will be saw cut at predetermined points to control cracking. Occasionally, some hairline cracking outside the control joints does occur. This is normal and does not affect the integrity of your concrete.

Is stamped concrete slippery when wet? Back to top

In the process of applying the sealer to the concrete, we add a non-slip additive directly to the can of sealer. This product stays suspended in the sealer and then is rolled on the concrete. The anti-skid product does not alter the beauty of the finished product and is highly effective in eliminating slipperiness. This is the standard process for all of our exterior applications.

Should we try to match the color with the house? Back to top

This is a personal preference. We highly recommend using earth tone colors. Don't lose focus of the goal; "Create the natural look of brick, stone, slate or natural rock."

I do not want a square patio. Is it going to cost more? Back to top

No. The shape of the patio will not affect the price. We take pride in smooth rounded curves.

Is there any reinforcement in the concrete? Back to top

Yes. Rebar reinforcement or wire mesh is installed in all of our concrete flat work. In addition, there are steel dowels drilled into your foundation to prevent any settling.

What is a good size patio? Back to top

Everyones needs will differ. The average size patio is 500 sq. feet. The size of the patio should stay proportionate to the size of the house.

Is the color just on top? Back to top

No. We add integral color to the concrete so the color is through the entire thickness of the slab. Refer to our process page.

Does stamped concrete need to be resealed? Back to top

We recommend resealing your patio every one to two years, depending on the amount of use. If you wait longer, you may notice it will begin to look dull. Resealing your stamped concrete will make your concrete look vibrant again and also protect your investment.

How thick will my patio be? Back to top

Standard Patios, walkways, and sidewalks are four inches thick. Driveway thickness will vary depending on the intended use.

What is the most popular pattern? Back to top

Slate patterns are the most popular patter for patios. Why? Several reasons:

  1. Extremely realistic. Using multiple coloring effects, great realism is achieved.
  2. Shallow pattern. With this pattern you do not have to worry about the table wobbling.
  3. The natural colors of slate are earth tones and usually go with any house.

Can I use salt in the winter? Back to top

No! No! No! Use sand only. Remove snow with a plastic shovel or snow blower that does not have metal blades. Never use an ice pick to chip away ice.

If you are considering stamped concrete around your home or business, or you are an architect or engineer looking to specify stamped concrete on your next project, please consult Deco-Scapes!

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