Stamped Concrete vs. Wood
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Stamped Concrete vs. Wood

Spring is in the air, and it’s time to start thinking about using your outdoor living space! If you’ve been planning to have some hardscaping done, now’s a great time to get started. A patio is excellent for warm spring days, balmy summer evenings and even crisp fall afternoons. With so many options available, you need to decide what material is best for your new patio.

Two popular materials for a patio are stamped concrete and wood. Check out this list of considerations so you can choose the best material for your patio this spring!

  • Appearance

    One thing’s for certain: Wood has a certain romantic, timeless appeal to it. Whether it’s brand-new or getting an aged patina, wood evokes memories of childhood summers spent on the back deck!

    It’s important to consider that stamped concrete can also be made to look like wood, if that’s the style you’re going for. It also comes in countless other varieties; it can mimic various types of stone, pavers or brick. With stamped concrete, what you see is what you get; as it ages, it won’t change much at all, so you’ll want to pick a shade and texture that appeals to you as it is right now.
  • Maintenance

    Cement patios can be pressure-washed or scrubbed with a mild detergent every few months. After some years pass, you might want to get your patio resealed; while it’s not strictly necessary, resealing can help your patio look shiny and new again.

    Wood patios need to be cleaned as well; you can use a pressure-washer, but you’ll need to be careful not to damage the wood. You will also need to check the nails periodically to be sure that none are sticking up (you can just pound them down again if they are). Sanding is necessary on a regular basis to prevent splinters, and you’ll want to restain it periodically to keep it looking good and to help prevent mold build-up.

    If you are looking for low maintenance, stamped concrete is the clear winner.
  • Safety
    If you like to walk barefoot on your patio, you’ll need to be careful if you choose a wood structure; over time, these tend to splinter. Also, because the boards will end up being uneven as they settle, it’s easy to stub a toe.
  • Stamped concrete remains flat and will not splinter or cause injury
    One other consideration is whether the material will become slippery. When wood is wet, it can be slick. This is particularly true if mildew is allowed to accumulate. Even a very thin coating of mold or mildew can make a damp wood patio very slippery.
  • Because stamped concrete is slightly textured, it tends to remain slip-resistant, even when it’s wet
    For most homeowners, a stamped concrete patio will be a better investment and will require less work than a patio made out of wood. If you are ready to more thoroughly explore your options, call OmniScapes for a consultation.

We’d be happy to talk you through making the choice based on your preferences, lifestyle and property. Call today!


 

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