Decisions, decisions, and more decisions! When remodeling your house or building a new one, there are many decisions to be made. You wouldn’t think that there are too many decisions to be made about your concrete. One choice is easy, engraved concrete over stamped concrete! A lot of people probably don’t even know that concrete engraving is an option! They think that stamped concrete is the only choice available. Let’s take a look at a few differences between the two.
Cost and convenience are at the forefront of every clients mind when starting any project. When considering cost, keep in mind stamped concrete can only be used on wet freshly poured concrete. For this you will need a contractor to form up and pour new concrete, then stamp it before it fully cures. Depending on the size of the project, this may take several days. Many people already have existing concrete and don’t want to take the time or money to remove their old concrete and pour fresh or put an overlay of concrete down just to have it stamped. An engraver can come in and engrave a beautiful work of art or even a simple design on NEW OR EXISTING concrete.
For added convenience on a new build, the concrete poured can be poured and used for construction traffic as is, and after construction is complete; the concrete can be stained and engraved!
For the final look of the concrete, the creativity side of the project, engraved concrete completely dominates. Yes there are a few different stamped patterns and colors to use, but with engraving, there are unlimited choices both with color and design. You can choose from basic patterns like tile or slate, geometric designs, or completely custom designs! We have even engraved company logos! If you can dream up a design, it can be engraved into your concrete, whether it is new or old!
Engraving is done on flat concrete with a series of small cuts, approx 1/8” deep. This allows you to have a limestone appearance on your patio and still be able to put a table and chairs out without wobbling. Stamped concrete can vary from 3/8-5/8” raised profile. This makes it easy for a table to rock side to side making for an unpleasant user experience.
Engraved concrete can be done on any surface, such as floors or walls. Anywhere there is concrete, Unleash the Crete can engrave it!