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Question DetailsAsked on 4/19/2014

Concrete stamping in New Orleans area recommendations

We have an ugly concrete carport and are trying to make it a pretty patio on a limited budget. We're looking for ideas , estimates and recommendations.

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For ideas google this search phrase - patio idea images - and you will be saturated with ideas when you click on the images for patio images link. Choices range, roughly from cheapest to most expensive, range from dug-in lawn-edged crushed stone, timber-edged decorative stone pad, scrap concrete or asphalt pieces as random pavers, wood deck, concrete paver blocks, loose laid stone pavers, concrete slab, sand bedded brick, mortared stone, mortared brick, metal deck, polished concrete, etc, etc

If carport currently has concrete slab in decent shape, many of the above can be put over it, as can tile products. If in real good shape - no more than superficial cracks and no sign of increasing cracking - then you could also do polished or stained concrete.

I presume you realize stamped concrete requires new concrete to do the stamping in, and a thin overlay is risky with stamped concrete - you are paying a lot for the stamping to risk it with a thin overlay which may crack and delaminte, rather than pour a new 4 inch reinforced slab.

Some commercial garden centers who also do landscape contracting also have demo layouts and photo books at their place of business and will talk with you on options.

For bids, once you have a plan, you may need a contractor in Landscape, Concrete, Tile, Decking, or whatever depending on what you select.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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