Stamped Concrete Has 5 Reasons It’s Bad For Colorado Springs

Stamped Concrete May Not Be The Best Choice For Your Home In Colorado Springs
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You don’t want to use stamped concrete for your Colorado Springs home. If these 5 reasons can’t stop you from using it then nothing will. The climate, temperature, ranges, and the upkeep can keep most people from choosing this material.

You can find out why below.

This Won’t End Well

“I’m telling you this isn’t the best idea you’ve ever had.”

Michael sighs as Holly looks at him in concern. She overthinks everything just a little too much, but it balances out his recklessness very well. Too bad it won’t work this time, he knows what’s best for their home in this case.

“Why do you think that hun?” Turns out as soon as Michael told Holly he was thinking about adding stamped concrete to their home she started doing her research.

The results: using stamped concrete in Colorado Springs isn’t a good idea for 5 reasons.

Here are the 5 reasons Holly found.

Why Colorado Springs Shouldn’t Use Stamped Concrete

  1. Dry climate
  2. Rollercoaster temperatures
  3. Sunny and windy 300 days a year
  4. Winter, freezing, and de-icers
  5. It takes too much work
Concrete being stamped
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“What? Oh, come on now, it can’t be that bad,” Michael says defensively. “If you scroll down to keep reading you’ll find out why these are great reasons to not use stamped concrete.

1. Dry Climates Can Crack Stamped Concrete

“Are you comparing skin and concrete here?” Michael asks in confusion.

Dry climates crack more than just skin. This kind of concrete dries out very quickly up here even after it sets which makes it brittle, especially on the top. It can make for a bad pour and cracking.

“Well, when you look at stamped concrete like skin, I guess it could work. But it’s still not the same thing!” Michael sputters, trying to defend his opinion.

“Keep reading dear,” Holly encourages.

2. Rollercoaster Temperatures

“But I love the ranging weather and temperatures here,” Michael protests.

The diverse weather is one of the parts of Colorado that make it so great for living in. What it’s not great for is stamped concrete.

Colorado can have huge temperature drops from day to evening, sometimes ranging in the 90s during the day and the 60s at night. Even during winter, we tend to flip-flop from cold to warm days regularly.

This adds more pressure to stamped concrete, making the chance of it cracking over time even bigger.

“I’m not buying it,” Michael says stubbornly. Holly raises an eyebrow at Michael, causing him to keep reading.

3. Sunny & Windy 300 Days A Year

Sun and wind work together to make Colorado Springs a terrible place for stamped concrete.

Both of these dry concrete out and beat on it until it cracks. Overall they just wear concrete down until it can’t take it anymore, whether that takes months or years.

Michael says nothing and keeps reading.

4. Winter Is Coming For Your Stamped Concrete

Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures are terrible for stamped concrete.

The cold pulls all the heat and moisture out of the concrete, making it more brittle and easy to crack. Constant freezing and thawing have a similar effect.

“Just put salt or de-icing chemicals on it,” Michael says smartly. “If you want to make the problem worse,” Holly finishes. Yep, salt and de-icers aren’t good for stamped concrete, especially during its first year.

“This sounds like a lot of effort,” Michael mutters.

5. It Takes Too Much Work

“That’s because it is,” Holly says gently.

The knowledge and money you need to maintain stamped concrete are too much for most people. Even if you do manage to keep it up well it will eventually get cracks in it.

Then you’ll just pay more money to fix it.

There’s Always Another Choice

“Looks like you win,” Michael mumbles sadly. “It’s not about ‘winning’ dear, it’s about making the best choice for us,” Holly says giving him a hug. He smiles and nods, returning her hug.

“Well, I guess we should start looking for a better material for our Colorado Springs home,” he says brightly. The couple gets out their phones and starts looking.