Looking to add some hardscape to your home? Whether you’re setting up a patio, pool area, firepit, walkway, or garden area, you have a few options available to you. While some people are fine with laying a slab of concrete and calling it finished, there is so much more you can do with a hardscape space.

Two of the most attractive options are stone and stamped concrete. Stone has long been seen as the most prestigious flooring material, but stamped concrete has become increasingly popular in recent years. Which option is right for you?

Let’s take a closer look!


Stone patios use natural rock such as slate or flagstone to create surfaces. Typically, the stone is cut into different shapes and placed tightly together in a pattern of your choosing. Different types of stone, as well as different colors can be mixed and matched to create a variety of designs.

While stone creates beautiful, unique, and intricate spaces, it’s not perfect. Specific issues can vary depending on the type of stone being used. Possible problems include shifting, cracking, and weeds/grass creeping through.

Regardless of the type of stone chosen, you can expect to pay a premium price. Not only is the material costly, but the installation is expensive as well.

Stamped Concrete

One of the best things stamped concrete has going for it is its surprisingly affordable price. And yet, when done correctly, stamped concrete can look virtually identical to more expensive stone materials. With stamped concrete, you have the ability to match virtually any type of material for a fraction of the price.

Because color is added through concrete stain, it’s easier to get the color to match the other parts of your home and patio as well.

Like stone, stamped concrete does also experience some cracking, though this is largely masked by the staining and texturization. It also needs to be resealed from time to time to maintain its appearance. Ultimately, for the price and appearance, it’s hard to beat.

Finding a Stamped Concrete Contractor

When it comes to stamped concrete, it’s best to utilize a professional. The job requires special tools, materials, precision, and expert knowledge. Done correctly, stamped concrete can stand side-by-side with the costly designs and materials on the market. If it’s not done correctly, however, you’ll be left with a large, unsightly mess.

Even with a professional, you’ll be surprised by how affordable stamped concrete can be. For stamped concrete in Ohio, contact Select Flooring Systems today!