Some people think that stamped concrete and a stamped concrete overlay system are the same, but they are actually very different. However, the two have one thing in common. They are both excellent ways to transform the appearance of a concrete surface, including driveways, walkways, patios, pool decks, interior floors, and more. For existing concrete, SunStamp by Sundek is the best option.
Standard Stamped Concrete
With standard stamped concrete, a surface gets ripped out, re-poured, and then textured or designed by stamping the surface. In most cases, an installer uses molds that press down into the newly poured concrete. With this option, you can have the professional create a surface that resembles wood, cobblestone, brick, slate, and more.
You can also have the concrete colored using hardeners or dry shakes. Depending on the situation, you might be able to use a stain. However, experts suggest having a sealer applied after adding color to enhance the appearance but also to prevent issues with the stain. Although this is an excellent alternative to pavers that is a lot easier to maintain, the downfall is that matching multiple concrete loads creates a challenge.
Stamped Concrete Overlays
The primary difference with the SunStamp concrete overlay system is that it gets applied to an existing surface. Even if the surface has minor imperfections, there is no need to have it ripped out and reinstalled. Ultimately, that makes the project go faster, and it eliminates a significant amount of waste, making this an eco-friendly solution.
Although an expert applies a stamped concrete overlay system in a thin layer, the surface becomes incredibly strong and durable. In fact, this method enhances the strength of the underlying concrete, which is why it is such an excellent choice for driveways and patios. While you can still choose from an assortment of textures and designs, you will enjoy a much broader selection of colors that make it possible to match the home, pool area, or even landscaping.