- Stamping the concrete creates grooves in the finish that mimic the edges of stones. The same technique can be used to mimic a brick patio as well, as it only depends on the shape of the stamp used on concrete.
To further enhance the look of natural stone, color can be added to the concrete. Most contractors will offer one color for a homogeneous look or several colors for a more natural look. A contractor may also use interlocking pavers with various surfaces and textures to add to the realistic look of your new patio.
This technique can be mimicked on your own. While the concrete is still soft, use a V-shaped trowel, or even a screwdriver or stick, and drag it through the concrete, creating irregular shapes. For color, apply concrete stain once it is all dried.
- Concrete can have many looks. The weathered look is also popular in which the concrete is antiqued or exposed to allow the sand or gravel to show through. This gives new concrete the look of some that has already survived a number of years, weathering.
The seeded exposed finish is done after the slab has been poured. In this technique, colored rocks are added to the slab and floated to the surface.
Using decorative concrete finishes can give your patio many looks. These finishes of a durable, highly flexible material can produce effects to make your concrete slab look like marble, wood, glass, granite, natural stone or even modern art. This finish makes it possible to use concrete slabs in more places than just patios and floors. This finishing technique has been used for interior design features such as counters and sinks.