Americans everywhere — from California to New England, from Texas to Minnesota — are spending more time at home and more time outdoors. A concrete patio can be a great place to spend time.

     Back yards are being transformed into luxurious extensions of the house. They’re the new favorite room to relax, entertain, and cook. And the heart and soul of the backyard resort area is the concrete patio.

     The Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association, which recently held its annual tradeshow and exposition, says the growth of the outdoor living phenomena is the result of North America’s interest in ‘cocooning,’ the trend toward a more casual lifestyle, an aging population and the popularity of porches, decks, and concrete patios in homes.

     The swimming pool industry sees that trend, too. In fact, pools are getting smaller and are playing a less dominant role in the back yard.

    The Pool and Spa Institute says the pool is just one amenity — an increasing number of homeowners are going all out with outdoor kitchens, furnished seating areas, fireplaces, decorative concrete patios, pizza ovens, elaborate water features, and more.

     Homeowners want to enjoy their homes, but they also see upgrading their back yards as an investment.
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Stamped concrete is concrete that is patterned to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile- and even wood. Beautify pool decks, driveways, entries and courtyards, and patios.

     Due to the wide array of patterns and colors available, and the cost of stamped concrete in relation to the materials stamped concrete is a substitute for, the choice of stamped concrete is becoming more popular and frequent.

     Colors and patterns for stamped concrete are often chosen to blend with other stone, tile or patterned concrete elements at the residence. Complex designs incorporating steps, courtyards, and fountains can be achieved. Stamped concrete can also be blended with other decorative concrete elements such as exposed aggregate finishes and acid-etch staining.
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