Pool builders will suggest stamped concrete as an option if a homeowner is looking for a patterned and textured swimming pool deck. A stamped concrete deck is made to resemble brick, slate, wood, tile, stone or flagstone. It can be used as an inexpensive option next to your swimming pool. A stamped concrete is different from other concrete decks because there is a base color added and an accent color and a basic stamping pattern on the surface of the concrete. Pool builders usually prefer this option if they just want a strong grip around the pool in order to avoid slipping.