Stamped Vs. Stenciled Concrete

Stamped and stenciled concrete are both used for outdoor spaces, like patios and driveways. Stamping involve using rubber mats on wet concrete to produce a specific design or pattern on the surface. The imprinted pattern then sets as the concrete dries. Stenci concrete is created by applying rolls of patterned paper with a special roller to achieve the desired look on a concrete surface. The stencil is attached onto freshly poured concrete. Below is a comparative analysis to help you decide which will work best for you.


Both stamped and stenciled concrete can be suitably used on driveways, poolsides, walkways and patios. Both varieties can also be satisfactorily used on balconies and other outdoor spaces that call for beautification.


With stamped concrete, differences in elevation are noticeable on the surface. However stenciled concrete achieves a more uniform surface profile since the indentations at the joints do not run so deep. This means the differences between the high and low areas is not as apparent. You are likely to appreciate the benefits of the flatter surface that stenciled concrete avails during the spring when dirt appears, or in the winter when you have to shovel off snow. There will be less interference from the surface when you use a shovel.


On the whole, stamped concrete costs less to install than stenciled concrete. However, if you are keen on a more intricate design for your concrete setting, stenciled concrete may work out better for you because of the virtually unlimited design options, including graphics.


Both stamped and stenciled concrete are easy to install and do not require much technical know-how. You can count on a successful outcome when installing these concrete types the first time around as they do not involve complicated procedures.

Stamped concrete uses rubber stamps in creating the patterned concrete whereas stenciled concrete uses paper stencils that are disposed once the job is done. Stenciled concrete settings, however, can be created in less time and with less effort than the stamped variety. Imprints created by stamps are deeper than those made by stencils.


Both varieties are available in various patterns and colors. You can also integrate multiple patterns over a wide area to achieve a unique and attractive look. Design options are unlimited with both varieties. You can create any surface of your choice, such as brickwork, marble, granite, wood, flagstones or aged cobblestones.

However, stenciled concrete offers greater versatility in design. Computer-aided designs give you a wide choice of patterns to choose from, including graphics and more intricate patterns.


Apart from regular cleaning, both stamped and stenciled concrete require resealing after the first year and then every 2 or 3 years.


Stamped concrete is not only attractive and stylish, but also holds up well to weather extremities. Although stenciling will give you the look of your choice, it will not endure as long as the stamped variety. Either way, however, a concrete patio is durable and is a worthy investment that will add value to your home.