A stamped concrete driveway or walkway added by a paving contractor can add an air of luxury and elegance to any home (not to mention, potential resale value as well). However, having stamped concrete done can also be quite expensive due to the specialized materials and labor involved. On the bright side, there are a few things you can do to reduce the cost of your stamped concrete design without having to make sacrifices in the way of quality in the process.
Use a Stamped Concrete Border
For starters, instead of having a whole new stamped concrete driveway poured, consider incorporating stamped concrete into your existing driveway. For example, if you have a traditional concrete driveway, you can add stamped concrete borders around the concrete for a more elegant and luxurious appearance. And because you're only installing a small amount of stamped concrete with this project, you can have it done for a fraction of the cost. Furthermore, utilizing stamped concrete around traditional concrete gives you design more dimension, making this a win-win situation in terms of appearance and cost.
Keep it Simple With Color
Once your stamped concrete is poured, you may choose to have it stained to achieve the exact color and finish that you want. However, by skipping out on staining your stamped concrete, you can save a lot of money, not only up-front, but down the road as well. That's because stained stamped concrete typically needs to be redone every few years; otherwise, it'll start to wear and look neglected. By simply using the stamped concrete's natural look and sealing it with a high-sheen sealant, you can achieve a beautiful look without the extra cost. Plus, you'll have less maintenance to worry about.
Combine With Aggregate Materials
Finally, if you want to save on your stamped concrete walkway or driveway design, consider using a combination of stamped concrete and aggregate materials, such as crushed rock. For instance, you can pour a narrow walkway in stamped concrete and have crushed rock added along the perimeter of the pathway to add extra width and dimension without adding much in the way of cost. Aggregate materials are very inexpensive; in some cases, you may even be able to get them for free from a local aggregate supplier, provided that you will take care of the loading and transport.
Stamped concrete isn't just for people with lots of money to blow; keep these budget-friendly design ideas in mind for your own stamped concrete project.