The average cost for a stamped concrete is $5 to $12 per square foot, not including the concrete slab which costs $2 – $7 per square foot. Most homeowners spend a total of between $3,751 – $8,540 for stamped concrete patio. Get free estimates from concrete pros near you.
Concrete stamping is when a continuous block of concrete is colored and then imprinted with a polyurethane “concrete stamp” pattern. The ridges in the stamp, once pressed into the freshly poured and smoothed concrete and then removed, leave the look of the material the client wants the patio to mimic, be that slate, brick, flagstone, or natural stone. Stamping concrete is much more affordable than hiring a stonemason.
Stamped concrete can range anywhere between $2 to $18 per square foot with most homeowners spending between $5 to $12 per square foot. In addition to the concrete slab which costs $2 – $7 per square foot, there are different levels of stamping work and additional costs required:
|Stamped Concrete Level||Average Costs|
|One color with accents||$2 – $5 per square foot|
|Basic stamping plus one color||$6 – $7 per square foot|
|Textured with one color and a different border||$8 – $12 per square foot|
|Contrasts of two or more colors and patterns||$12 – $18 per square foot|
|Hand-applied chemical stain accents||$18+ per square foot|
For an average 12' by 14' concrete patio, you can expect to pay $2,500 for just to slab. By adding concrete stamping to your patio this price goes up, where most homeowners spend between $3,751 – $8,540 total.
|Concrete Patio Type||Average Cost|
|Concrete Slab||$1,400 - $4,300|
|Concrete Slab with Stamping||$3,751 – $8,540|
The average concrete driveway cost is between $3,750 – $7,000 for a 2-car driveway. That is just for the concrete slab. To add stamping to a 600 square foot driveway, you can expect to pay an extra $3,000 to $7,200 which will double the cost of your driveway.
Brick pavers cost between $3 – $15 per square foot on average, which is around $0.50 cents per brick. Whereas, stamped concrete can range anywhere between $4 to $25 installed. Pavers come in many different shapes and colors which will also influence the cost:
Compared to other materials you could use for your patio, concrete is the most cost friendly. It is one of the longest-lasting choices too, lasting for up to fifty years. If you live in a hotter climate, you’ll also appreciate its inability to absorb and hold heat well. The following table details some average costs for plain patios, according to Craftsman’s National Estimator:
|Material||Cost Per Sqft. Installed|
|Concrete||$2 – $7|
|Brick||$7 – $8|
|Limestone||$13 – $20|
|Flagstone||$13 – $30|
|Rubber pavers||$16 – $48|
|Granite||$18 – $22|
|Marble||$23 – $78|
|Sandstone||$34 – $43|
You can imitate just about any type of stone thanks to the abundance of concrete color, patterns, and textures available.
Some of the most popular patterns are called ashlar that hail from the twelfth century, to include New England slate, old granite, Roman slate, travertine, and quarry stone. Other popular choices are the wood plank and herringbone brick looks.
Medallion stamps with five-point stars, or compasses, pressed into another color of concrete are hugely popular. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even make your own concrete stamping mat! Medallion stamps are usually 3’–5’ wide, and in some states on particular design can be very popular, like the Texas star in Texas. Once removed, the medallion imprint is hand painted with the colors of choice.
These 4”–6” -pushed rollers are a great way to imprint a border or edge quickly. Some come with a liquid release option that spray a color release on the roller as it works the design into the concrete. Texture rollers must be used before stamping mats when the concrete is softer because of the limited force applied.
Some patios with concrete steps leading off them can also be imprinted/stamped with what’s called edge or step liners. These give the impression of cut stone on the vertical fall of each step.
Color can be added into the concrete mix onsite. Heavy pavers or stones don’t need to be lifted in. Once the concrete is poured or pumped, the stamping only takes a day to mark the concrete and another day once set, to hammer and patch any chips or cracks. Once dry, it’s power washed and (usually) sealed. Compare this to natural stone, which must be installed stone by stone and can take many days to get right.
When trying to decide which type of design work to move forward with, talk to contractors with plenty of experience in concrete pouring and design for recommendations based on the layout of your yard.
It’s highly recommended that you seal your concrete patio if you plan on having animals on it or you like to eat out there because concrete is porous and can soak up stains. Sealer will also protect your patio from wear and tear and enrich the color in the stamped concrete.
Virgin or pure acrylic sealer won’t yellow under UV rays, but epoxies will. An acrylic spray-on cure and seal will cost approx. $0.53/per square foot.
Solvent-based sealers are more popular because they will highlight the concrete’s colors better, are breathable, won’t yellow, aren’t slippery, and provide invisible protection. High-gloss sealers are not recommended because they can be slippery and block in the moisture, which can cause fracturing, white hazing, or fogging.
After making sure the patio surface is clean and dry, the sealer is applied in thin coats (with a roller or sprayer, based on instructions) so as to allow the concrete to expand and allow moisture to escape. Take care to ensure the sealer is worked into the stamp pattern depressions but don’t apply it too thickly or it will puddle. It’s only designed to go on thinly.
Depending on your local climate and the amount of wear and tear on your patio, you’ll only need to power wash it occasionally and reseal it every few years. Another plus is that no weeds will grow up through the solid concrete slab.
According to our concrete patio cost guide, concrete can crack if the sub base is poorly prepared, the concrete is of poor quality or badly mixed, or the patio undergoes severe thaw-refreeze weather.
If the existing concrete patio is in good shape and has a good underlay in place, you can overlay it with ¼” or more of concrete and then stamp. It costs a lot less than a full slab at $1–$3/per square foot.
These overlays are much thinner than a new concrete slab, so care must be taken in preparing the existing slab—make sure all cracks and holes are filled. If adding an overlay and the existing slab is not level, you’ll need to pump in some soil and aggregate to level it off before any overlay is added.
Also, because the new layer of concrete is so thin, it will dry quickly and the stamping mats must be placed and moved quickly or they’ll get stuck in the drying concrete.
Some mats are rigid and have handles on them while others are a bit more flexible. The latter are useful for working with slopes. The third kind are thinner and even more flexible, and great for edging work on the patio. Your contractor should have enough mats on hand to complete one row of stamping at a time, and the mats should fit together tightly. Bluestone texturing skin can be placed on the concrete first—to give the concrete a rugged, stone look with frayed edges—followed by the stamp design of choice.
The best colored stamped patios are those that blend in with the earthtones/outdoor colors around it and the brickwork of the home. Layering colors can make the stamping work look a lot more like natural stone.
Once the subgrade has been laid and compacted and the concrete has been poured and smoothed over, and hardened a bit, it’s time to stamp. There’s only a short window of time to complete the job before the concrete sets, so expect a team of at least three workers to compete the job.
When narrowing down all the contractors you look through to come to a final three, keep in mind the need for them to fit as many of the following criteria as possible:
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