Concrete Stamping

Looking at either paving slabs or concrete stamping, but unsure of what is best cost wise regarding labour and what trade does concrete stamping?

The patio will go over an exsisting path and looking at a wood effect patio.

Any advice please as on limited budget.

Asked by Shane on 4th Mar 2024
Expert Trade Answers
"In the UK, both paving slabs and concrete stamping can be cost-effective options for creating a patio. However, the choice depends on various factors including budget, desired aesthetic, and labor costs.

Paving slabs are a traditional choice and can be relatively inexpensive, especially if you opt for standard designs and materials. The labor for laying paving slabs typically involves ground preparation, leveling, and then laying the slabs in the desired pattern. This work is usually carried out by general builders or landscapers.

Concrete stamping, on the other hand, can offer a more unique and customizable look, such as the wood effect you're interested in. Concrete stamping involves pouring concrete into a prepared area and then using stamps to create patterns and textures, such as wood grain. While the materials themselves may not be significantly more expensive than paving slabs, the labor costs for concrete stamping can be higher due to the specialized skills and equipment required. Concrete stamping is usually done by contractors who specialize in decorative concrete work.

Considering your limited budget, you may want to gather quotes from both paving slab installers and concrete stamping contractors to compare costs. Keep in mind that while concrete stamping may initially seem more expensive, it could offer long-term savings if you're looking for a durable and low-maintenance option. Additionally, inquire about any potential discounts or deals that may be available. Ultimately, the decision will depend on your budget and preferences regarding the patio's appearance and longevity."
Answered on 8th Mar 2024 - Member since May 2023 - report
"I would go with a good landscape gardener but would dig old path out to do a better job"
Answered on 4th Mar 2024 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"I would advise you for landscaping! Slaps or paving would be much better"
Answered on 4th Mar 2024 - Member since Oct 2016 - report
"A landscaper im sure will provide a quote for concrete stamping. I can quote for paving slabs. I have just ordered slabs for a job im currently on. Let me know if you need any help."
Answered on 4th Mar 2024 - Member since Mar 2024 - report
"It would depend on the size of the area, go and have a look at four counties groundwork’s and construction
Either on google or Facebook. We have done a couple of teakwood sandstone patios that you may like."
Answered on 5th Mar 2024 - Member since Jan 2024 - report
"Paving slabs would be your cheaper option"
Answered on 21st Apr 2024 - Member since Apr 2024 - report
"Hi, concrete stamping is pretty trendy at the moment, it’s easy to do as well. Groundworkers, landscapers, such as myself etc would typically do this. It’s done either using pads that you lay over the concrete when it’s ready to be stamped which then obviously leaves an effect afterwards or it can be done with a stamping roller. For concreting you’d have to price up obviously how much concrete you need, various concrete calculators on google. Do you require any steel mesh? Timber for shuttering around the concrete, and then obviously labourer price."
Answered on 6th Mar 2024 - Member since Jul 2021 - report
"hi, paving slabs will ultimately be cheaper than printed concrete when it comes to materials and labour.

you would be looking for a pattern concrete specialist to complete the concrete work"
Answered on 30th Mar 2024 - Member since Nov 2023 - report
If you where to get imprinted concrete there is a wide range of colours and designs you can pick from but the concrete will need a full new solid sub base and 150ml below your dpc and will have to be laid at no less than 4 inch’s thick
Prices start at around £100 a square meter depending on size of the project smaller areas are normally charged a little bit more a square meter

Regards going over the top of a patio please make sure it’s off the house and a solid base to work off if it’s near the house you will need to add possibly a sub base plus 4 inch of concrete on top so allow 150ml below you dpc at finished at which is two bricks below"
Answered on 14th Mar 2024 - Member since Jan 2024 - report
"If you can concrete yourself you can buy a stamp on line and the is a self help guide on how to do this will be the cheapest option"
Answered on 3rd Apr 2024 - Member since Oct 2023 - report
Find Tradespeople, compare up to 3 quotes!
It's FREE and there are no obligations
Ask a Trade
Got a question that only a tradesperson can answer? We have thousands of trades ready to answer any question you may have.
Ask your question
Ask a Trade

Are you looking for advice on a DIY project or have a question for our tradespeople?

We'll email your question to tradespeople who are skilled in your chosen category.

Your question will be made public - please do not include any personal details.

{{ first(ask.errors)[0] }}

By continuing you agree to the Community Guidelines.

Report Content

{{ first(reportForm.errors) }}

Thank you

Your report has been created and will be investigated shortly.

Ready to get a price for your home improvement project?
Get started

Over 1 million homeowners and over 50,000 tradespeople
use MyJobQuote nationwide each year