5 Types of Decorative Concrete

A custom stamped concrete design


Outdoor concrete doesn’t have to be a boring grey slab. It can be a beautiful feature that adds value to your home. There are many types of decorative concrete, and any one of them could be perfect for your property. Here are five common decorative concrete applications

A stamped concrete patio


Stamped concrete is the most well-known form of decorative concrete. In this process, the concrete is colored and stamped to look like stone or brick pavers. There are two different colors used in the concrete: one for the base and one for the top layer. This gives a multi-dimensional look that beautifully mimics brick and stone. The concrete can be poured in any shape, and there are limitless color combinations to use. With stamped concrete, you can get a custom design that is specifically tailored to your property.


Exposed aggregate concrete is concrete with the top layer of cream removed. This exposes the rocks and other material below, creating a beautiful finish and a naturally slip-resistant surface. Exposed aggregate concrete is used mostly for pool decks and sidewalks, but it may also be used to match older concrete on the property. For instance, if you have a concrete driveway that is worn down, you may opt for an exposed aggregate porch to mimic the appearance of the driveway.


Stained concrete is exactly what it sounds like – concrete that is stained to look a certain way. Stained concrete is common inside homes, but it can also be used for outdoor surfaces. In fact, we use acid-stained borders for many of our concrete applications because they add an unexpected pop of color. This creates a finished look that is perfect for residential and commercial properties alike.


With a concrete overlay, decorative concrete is applied directly over your existing concrete. We use an adhesive layer to bind the old concrete with the new, ensuring the decorative concrete looks great for years to come. Concrete overlays allow you to change the look of your concrete without getting a completely new slab. If you’ve always wanted stamped concrete or stained concrete, the solution may be closer than you think!


Colored concrete is fairly straightforward. Instead of the concrete being the traditional grey or beige color, it is mixed with a colored additive to look however you want it to. Want a red concrete patio to match your red block retaining wall? That’s not a problem. There are many colors to choose from, and you could still opt for a secondary color on the top layer, just like with stamped concrete. We’ll help you find the perfect design for your outdoor space.


With so many types of decorative concrete to choose from, how can you be sure what’s right for you? We can show you samples of the different options available, along with pros and cons for each selection. No matter what you choose, we highly recommend sealing your concrete to preserve its color and sheen. Concrete sealing should be done every 3-5 years for optimal results. If you have a wood fence, you can plan to seal your concrete when you stain your fence, for easy reference.

N&M Restoration is a trusted decorative concrete contractor in Metro Detroit MI. We offer stamped concrete, stained concrete, concrete overlays, and much more. To schedule a no-obligation consultation, contact us at (586) 350-5824.