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Plain or Stamped Concrete: Which is Better for My Patio?

If you're reading this article, then you're probably ready to install a new patio, and are seeking recommendations and advice on the best options.

Plain and stamped concrete stand out as the top options. Although they look similar and are highly durable, they differ in terms of maintenance requirements, cost, decorative options and installation time.

Plain and stamped concrete offer various advantages, depending on your preferences. In this article, we'll discuss the features of both to help you decide which one is ideal for your patio.

Plain concrete

Plain, unadorned concrete, direct from the mixer, compacted, leveled and floated to a very smooth finish is one of the most popular options for your patio installation. It's simple, cost effective, and highly durable, even if it has no decorations.

Advances in modern concrete technology means that fiber-reinforced concrete can be developed to create a high-strength patio using steel reinforcement mesh. Also, plain concrete doesn't require additives to increase its strength. The final result is a plain, gray surface that's ideal if you're not too big on decoration.

Although plain concrete may not be the most aesthetically attractive option for your patio, a professional installation by Goliath Exteriors can guarantee you several years of maintenance-free service.

Stamped concrete

Stamped concrete is also known as imprinted or textured concrete, and replicates stones like brick, tile, flagstone, slate and sometimes wood.

Stamped concrete stands out for its aesthetics, as the wide various color and pattern choices make it a top option for patios. As it is highly durable and weather-resistant, stamped concrete is a great choice to bring to the high-end look of your patio, especially when installed by a professional.

Additionally, when stamped concrete is treated with special non-skid additives, it becomes slip resistance. It also becomes very easy to maintain once it's sealed.

Stamped vs. plain concrete

Let's highlight some of the differences between the two options:


By far the most significant difference between stamped and plain concrete in patio installation is the finish. With plain concrete, the sealer that gives the shiny effect on the surface may require constant replacement. However, the effects are more long-lasting on stamped concrete.


Plain concrete does not offer the numerous color and pattern choices and comprehensive customization that stamped concrete offers. However, adding a small decorative edge like brick edging can embellish plain concrete.


Although both concrete options are fairly easy to maintain, stamped concrete requires less work than plain concrete. The former takes up several surface treatments which make it easier to maintain in the long run. Nevertheless, both are highly durable choices for your patio.

Slip resistance

Stamped concrete is slightly more slip-resistance than plain concrete because it's a textured surface. Nevertheless, it can still become slippery when wet, just like plain concrete. Non-skid additives can help with this.

Which should I choose?

Although both are great, durable options for your patio, stamped concrete appears to be a more suitable option for those of a mind for high-level aesthetics. For a more simple, utilitarian option, plain concrete is ideal. If you're ready to have your patio installed, contact us at Goliath Exteriors today.



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