Another way to improve the looks of a concrete surface is through concrete "stamping".
Stamped concrete is concrete that is patterned and/or textured or embossed to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile, wood, and various other patterns and textures. A 'stamp" is used that is approximately 2 feet by 2 feet and usually an inch or two thick. The "stamp" is pressed into the concrete while it is still wet to create a textured finish. This process is repeated several times creating a realistic look of the surface it is supposed to represent (i.e. bricks, tile, etc.)
Stamped concrete overlays
We, first, meticulously prepare the concrete by filling in all cracks and crevices and then we treat it to ensure it is clean as possible. That allows the top "overlay" to adhere better to the secondary concrete below.
Stamped concrete is commonly used for patios, sidewalks, driveways, pool decks, and interior flooring but has many other uses. Counter tops, concrete walls or building sides may also be "stamped" to improve the aesthetics of the surface. Stamping allows you to duplicate the beauty and texture of natural stone, brick, slate, wood or other decorative surfaces without having to replace your existing concrete; however, concrete overlays are a better, more lasting solution.
Examples of Concrete Stamped Surfaces: