Stamped and colored concrete mimics what it is not. The goal is to simulate natural stone, real brick, or glazed tile as closely as possible. Patterns, colors, and textures are limited only by the imagination, available tools, and quality of workmanship. Cobblestone, flagstone, slate, tile, brick, and even wood can be replicated in finished concrete at one-half to one-third the cost of the real thing. In addition, with stamped concrete, control joints often can be hidden in the pattern. Contractors can create these aesthetically pleasing surfaces using a combination of the following: * Pattern stamping mats * Pattern stamping rollers * Stencils * Integrally colored concrete * Dry-shake colored concrete * Stains