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Old 09-18-2007, 07:55 PM
 
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We're looking at building, and have inquired whether the builder can have the driveway and the walk (from driveway to house) stained and stamped at the time it is poured.

the salesperson is checking into it for me - and will get back to me with A) will they do it and B) how much will it cost.

Has anyone done stained/stamped concrete? What kind of price premium does that run? How has it held up (color flaking off, chipping, color fading)??

was it worth it?

Thanks!
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:28 PM
 
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Durability will likely be a function of your geographic location and the freeze-thaw cycle.

My experience with a stamped/coloured walkway and patio was that it looked great for the first 9 months. Over the course of the first winter, melting water found little pinholes in the sealer. The water then froze and popped out small flecks. This scenario has repeated itself every spring despite cosmetic repair to the pop outs and numerous re-sealings. Water is insidious stuff and will find its way into the smallest void.

After 7 years of returning to fix pop outs, the installer declared his warranty fulfilled, so all repairs are now burden of the homeowner.

A secondary concern has been the slipperyness of the walkway and patio when wet. The stamping resembles fieldstones, but the mold pad left a smooth surface that can be tricky when wet.
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:31 AM
 
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Really good to know. I really like the idea of doing the drive and front walk, but to be honest, perhaps our money would be better spent doing an actual paver patio in the back!

Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 09-19-2007, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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I have been quoted $10 per square foot for molded/stained concrete... but that's just an estimate.
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Old 09-19-2007, 06:12 PM
 
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Just my two cents......We had a neighbor that had their drive stained and stamped. The first time they did not like the color and they had it all re-done. The second time, they liked it but it sure stood out in the neighborhood.....it was wayyyyy too bright!!!

I don't know your circumstances but I would ask the contractor for some examples and do drive bys and see if it something you want to pay for and see how it looks compared to the rest of the homes.
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