Stamped Concrete Vs. Textured Concrete: What’s The Difference?

Stamped Concrete Vs. Textured Concrete: What’s The Difference?

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, you have one worthwhile investment.

Despite your decision, you may or may not be aware of all the customization options available. 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 easier by comparing two common concrete options, stamped and textured, below.


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 used this technique, creating concrete designs that look like everything from brick to cobblestone.

The relative ease of application and its relative affordability make it easy for homeowners everywhere to own expensive-looking patios, garage floors, and pool decks.


Materials like brick, cobblestone,wood and stone are more susceptible to the environment, giving them a shorter life span. Stamped concrete is not only aesthetically pleasing, it’s highly durable and can last between 40 and 50 years longer than other types of materials and can withstand heavy machinery and impacts more easily.

The material is also more frost-resistant because there are fewer individual interlocking pieces than bricks or pavers. Having fewer seams and pieces also means reducing grass and weeds that can grow through the cracks, saving you time and money.


Textured concrete is similar to stamped concrete, though not identical. Like stamped concrete, it involves pouring concrete and imprinting a design before the material has completely dried.

Textured concrete can be used to mimic naturally occurring materials such as stone. However, textured concrete patterns look more irregular than stamped concrete and goes well with other materials.

There are multiple styles, including granite and Belgian slate, and you can always add an extra touch with colors like hazelnut or tawny for a unique and beautiful finish.


Textured concrete is just as strong as stamped concrete but has the appearance of a singular unit instead of the many smaller “units” that compose stamped concrete.

Additional advantages include:

●        Gives your concrete surface style and design, making it stand out from your neighbors.

●        It can be designed explicitly for any aesthetic you’re looking for.

●        Textured concrete offers a durable and long-lasting option with minimal maintenance.

●        Less cost than other options like wood or pavers.


The definition of these terms is not hard and fast, and some professionals will even use them interchangeably. We’re one of the most straightforward New Brighton concrete companies around, and our 5-star rating speaks for itself!

For answers to any concrete questions you may have, Contact Creative Concrete online today or give us a call at 612-414-7932.

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