That’s not all. Stamped concrete can mimic brick, cobblestones, cracked earth, and weathered wood. Add a bit of fun with leaf patterns, animal shapes, even dinosaur footprints.

Best of all, a stamped concrete patio is low-maintenance — the “stones” won’t settle over time, creating uneven surfaces, and there are no grout or joints that can open up to let grass and weeds sprout.

What’s a Stamped Concrete Patio?

A stamped concrete patio is simply a concrete slab with a textured, embossed surface. The contractor:

  • Pours and smooths the slab.
  • Presses a pattern into the surface while the concrete is still wet and soft.
  • For realism, adds color to the concrete as it’s mixed, or sprays it on after the surface has been stamped.

Make sure you hire a contractor who’s done stamping, and has the examples to prove it. Check references.