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The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - NATIONAL NEWS -

One way to im­prove curb ap­peal and set a prop­erty apart from oth­ers is to add dec­o­ra­tive ef­fects to walk­ways, pa­tios and drive­ways. Al­though many home­own­ers turn to ma­te­ri­als such as pavers, flag­stone or brick for these pur­poses, a ver­sa­tile and of­ten cost-ef­fec­tive idea is to rely on stamped con­crete. Stamped con­crete, of­ten called tex­tured or im­printed con­crete, is tex­tured, pat­terned or em­bossed to mimic the look of other ma­te­ri­als, no­tably brick, slate, flag­stone, stone, tile, and wood. Stamped con­crete can be used on pa­tios, side­walks, drive­ways, pool decks, and even in­te­rior floor­ing. The con­crete is poured and then pat­terned us­ing spe­cial tools. In­stalling stamped con­crete is best left to con­crete de­sign spe­cial­ists with ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in this dif­fi­cult craft.

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