Asked on Jan 20, 2013

Stamped Concrete

Tina BuellStacey BeckConcrete Creations


I'm somewhat intrigued by stamped concrete that looks like wood planks. Can this be done over an existing concrete patio slab, or is it for new concrete pours only? Can anyone recommend anyone that does this in the Tampa, FL area?
9 answers
  • Yes one can do it with an epoxy overlay & /or possibly with etching / staining

  • I would 2nd what SLS said, Just be sure your existing patio is not suffering from cracks or any damage due to settlement. As your new top will only be as good as what it is placed upon. It may look good for a short while, long enough for the check to clear, but once a little bit of time goes on, what ever you covered will show right back again. lastly be sure you check on what ever company you look at to do this stamping work. Its not the cheapest thing in the world and can look pretty bad if done wrong.

  • Shari
    on Jan 21, 2013

    Thank you @SLS Construction Solutions and @Woodbridge Environmental for taking the time to provide this info. @Woodbridge Environmental the (covered) concrete porch of our current house does have some cracks so perhaps, taking that and the expense of this technique into consideration, we might be better off to look at other options. We actually put tile down on the covered front porch of our previous home and it not only looked beautiful but it held up really well too. Maybe I would be better off to consider using the tiles that look like wood. Something to think about... Nevertheless, if anyone can personally recommend someone in the Tampa area that does stamped concrete, I wouldn't mind getting an estimate, or two. Thanks all!

  • Alice M
    on Jan 21, 2013

    Does anyone in the Los Angeles area do this?

  • Alice, I am sure if you Google Stamped Concrete for your area you will find dozens of contractors. just be sure to check references.

  • Suffolk Concrete & Masonry
    on Jan 21, 2013

    i would suggest trying to install a 4 inch slab whether it be on top of the existing slab or having the existing slab removed. slab should also be reinforced with wire & fibermesh & make sure proper expansion joints are cut in slab & along the house.

  • Concrete Creations
    on Jan 23, 2013

    Stamping it to look like wood would be pretty costly, since even just the materials for the overlay are pretty expensive.

  • Stacey Beck
    on Jun 23, 2014

    I have never seen this before. I really like it though. I think it really modernizes the appearance. I would totally get it done.

  • Tina Buell
    on Nov 23, 2015

    I just got this done and I hate it because i added a broom finish border since I didn't know how to arrange the stamp around extruding pipes for gas and plumbing. My advice is go with no border. The wood stamp is so cool, that a border around it, just takes away from how sophisticated it looks.

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