The Choice Between Stamped and Resurfaced Concrete | Best Pick Reports

Decorative concrete work is a popular choice among homeowners desiring the look of high-end materials for their driveways, patios, and other home surfaces, but at significant savings.

Stamped vs. resurfaced concrete
Stamped concrete and resurfaced concrete are not synonyms for one another: each term denotes a different installation process.

On a slab of freshly poured, colored concrete, an installer applies a stamped design to the surface in order to replicate the look of slate, stone, brick, pavers, tile, or, surprisingly, even wood.

Resurfacing is done to concrete slabs that already exist in their plain form. As long as the concrete is in good condition, it doesn’t matter how old the patio, driveway, or basement floor may be: most are excellent candidates for resurfacing. Concrete that is worn or cracked but not seriously compromised can also be resurfaced once it’s restored. The most common resurfacing processes are applying a stamped overlay or a textured or trowelled overlay. In the overlay process, the installer applies a polymer-cement mixture to the slab and then creates a design in the new surface; the design may be stamped in, as with fresh concrete, or trowelled if a more unique pattern is desired. With the addition of a variety of coloring and texturing techniques, the look of your custom-designed patio, driveway, or floor is limited only by your imagination.