Is Stamped Concrete Expensive?

The average price for simple colored and stamped concrete is $8.00 - $12.00 per sqft.

This "wood finish" patio is completely made of concrete.
So, stamped concrete can be relatively inexpensive. You can get very basic stamped concrete as a new installation for as low as $12.00 per/sqft. This of course does not include any other decorative finishes that the customer might like to have installed (i.e. lighting, saw cuts, borders, etc). So, a very basic colored and stamped patio could go for even lower if the colors chosen were lighter and more neutral, with a very basic stamp could be done as low as $8.00 per/sqft. So, compared to basic concrete (grey concrete), stamped concrete can be almost as reasonably priced.

The price of stamped concrete really depends on three different aspects of the project:

  1. Is the concrete going to be colored?
    1. If you will be adding color to the concrete (most stamped concrete does make use of colored concrete) than this will add to the expense of the project.
  2. How difficult is the stamp pattern?
    1. There are several different stamp patters, from very difficult and easy to install to very time consuming and more difficult (i.e. skin stamp versus a cobblestone stamp, some stamps take a great deal longer to line up and so forth).
  3. Will a release or second color be used?
    1. In most cases where the mission is to obtain a “natural” look and feel, then a hardener or release will be used. This will add a secondary color to the concrete which will give the final look a much more organic look and feel.

Stamped Concrete Pricing
Below is standard market pricing from what we have seen in the market place for Denver Price per sq ft
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Basic Stamped Concrete Installation $8.00 - $10.00
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Colored and Stamped Concrete $12.00 -$14.00
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High End Colored and Decorative Concrete $18.00 starting

Quite candidly even on the high-end, stamped and decorative concrete is a much lower cost alternative to organic materials for paving and hardscape's like flagstone or slate. Even wooden decking proves to be at least twice the cost of "high end" stamped concrete projects. So although stamped concrete is definitely more expensive than traditionally set and finished concrete patios or driveways, it is definitely not expensive compared to other alternatives for hardscape thing and so forth.

To learn more about stamped concrete make certain to check the "what is stamped concrete?" Article on this blog. We have also covered “the process of creating stamped and colored concrete”. After having a chance to read those articles it is apparent that stamped concrete is more time intensive than traditionally finished concrete.

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