If you’ve decided to invest in a concrete garage floor, a concrete patio, or even a concrete driveway, congratulations! You’re taking a huge leap forward when it comes to customizing your home and truly making it yours. Coupled with the fact that concrete can last for decades when properly taken care of and you have one worthwhile investment.

However, despite your decision, you may or may not be aware of all of the customization options that are available to you. Concrete doesn’t have to look like the traditional concrete we see around town. In fact, countless colors, textures, and designs are available. The sky’s the limit when it comes to concrete customization.

Of course, this also means that it can be a little hard to stay informed when it comes to learning about all your options. Creative Concrete, a local concrete company, hopes to make the research process a little easier by comparing two common concrete options, stamped and textured, below.

Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete is aptly named. To create a stamped concrete patio, garage floor, pool deck, or anything in between, the residential concrete contractor first lays the concrete in slabs. With the use of what is essentially a giant stamp with the look of an individual stone or tile pattern, our team imprints the concrete with a design before it has fully dried.

Stamped concrete has made its mark in the home renovation industry. Modern innovation has made use of this technique, turning out concrete designs that look like everything from brick to cobblestone. The relative ease of application, combined with its relative affordability, makes it easy for homeowners everywhere to own expensive-looking patios, garage floors, and pool decks.

Textured Concrete

Textured concrete is similar to stamped concrete, though not identical. Like stamped concrete, it involves laying concrete and imprinting a design into it before the material has completely solidified. However, textured concrete tends to look more irregular and unique compared to stamped concrete and also goes well with any other types of materials that are around it. It’s just as strong, but has the appearance of a singular unit, instead of the many smaller “units” that compose stamped concrete. This technique can be used to mimic naturally occuring materials such as stone.

Still Confused? Creative Concrete is Here to Help

The definition of these terms is not hard and fast, and some professionals will even use them interchangeably. For answers to any concrete questions you may have, give Creative Concrete a call today at 612-414-7932. We’re one of the most straightforward New Brighton concrete companies around.