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Old 04-21-2010, 11:10 AM
 
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We're looking at having a stamped concrete patio installed in our backyard. Can anyone recommend a good company in the area. We live in Durham.

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Old 04-21-2010, 11:26 AM
 
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We're looking at having a stamped concrete patio installed in our backyard. Can anyone recommend a good company in the area. We live in Durham.

Thanks
I can't help with the company itself, but you might want to consider an integral color/dye if you are also coloring the concrete. We have stamped and stained concrete on the driveway and unless you seal it every year or two, the color fades. Then, when you seal it, it gets shiny and very slippery. I hate it and it takes a lot of care.

For our pool deck, we'll be doing integral color so that the color is inside the concrete forever and never fades nor needs a sealer.

Just something to consider when doing concrete.
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:31 AM
 
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Thanks for the tip. I would have never thought of that.
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:34 AM
 
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Thanks for the tip. I would have never thought of that.
No problem, I felt it would be helpful as I wish I'd know about it 9 years ago.

They are calling it an integral pour in case you need the terminology, and it doesn't cost that much to add the dye to the concrete load.

Good luck.
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:40 AM
 
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Thanks. It always helps to have as much info as possible. I'm going to build a pergola before we have the concrete poured, but I'm still trying to find some nice pergola plans.
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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Guy in my neighborhood got a stamped concrete walkway and patio from a place in Durham - think the name is Hester's Concrete.
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:51 AM
 
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A few years ago I placed a small concrete path leading to our crawl space using a "walk maker" and mixed the powdered concrete dye with the bagged concrete. The color has held up well and the "through body" effect does hide any chips. As RDUbiker said, much better than a topical stain.

Not sure if this helps, but some plans are available here:

Porch Decks Plans

Frank
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:08 PM
 
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Thanks guys. I thought about doing it myself, but it's 10'x14', and I'm getting too old to do that much digging.

Frank, There is a plan on there that is the size I'm looking for, but I'll have to show it to the wife and see if she approves.
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:15 PM
 
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Just some food for thought, I may be wrong on this...I think stamped concrete can get pretty slippery when wet. It's beautiful but have you considered flagstone as an alternative? Or I believe there is a sealant you can add to it to make less slippery(Rhino Grip). When looking at houses we nearly slipped on some that wasn't even wet. We opted not to have it b/c we have young kids.
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:17 PM
 
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Just some food for thought, I may be wrong on this...I think stamped concrete can get pretty slippery when wet. It's beautiful but have you considered flagstone as an alternative? Or I believe there is a sealant you can add to it to make less slippery(Rhino Grip). When looking at houses we nearly slipped on some that wasn't even wet. We opted not to have it b/c we have young kids.
I believe the slipperiness comes from the sealer used to bring the color out, which is what I based my suggestion on. Most people think it's the concrete itself, but its the clear sealer that makes it slippery when wet. I have almost fallen many times (and actually fallen more than I care to remember) because of this stupid stuff!
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