Put An End To The Guesswork And Finally Learn If Stamped Concrete or Pavers Is The Best For Your Particular Needs!

 

 

People are finding it really difficult to pick between pavers and stamped concrete, but we’re here to tell you that this decision isn’t as hard as it’s cracked up to me. All you have to do is decide on what you’re truly looking for out of your walkway. Are you looking for durability? Low cost? Customization? Easy installation? Usability? Safety?  Something else?

We know that in making this decision it’s more than just looks that matter. That’s why we’ve made this pro and con list for each of these mediums so that you’re better prepared when picking your walkway material and can make the best choice!

Stamped Concrete

Sometimes stamped concrete gets a bad reputation, but we’re here to bring light to all its strengthens (and faults) so that you’re able to make an informed decision about your walkway and patio needs.

Pros:

Stamped concrete is able to be sealed for protection from the elements like extreme hear or frost, but you can also use certain seals to prevent slippery conditions that can harm you or a loved one. And when it times come to reseal your concrete, you can learn how to do that here.

Not only are you able to easily protect your stamped concrete, it’s also easy to clean. Soap and water will do the trick or renting a pressure washer– it all depends on the job and your preferences.  Stamped concrete also proves to be very durable, meaning that the overall maintenance is fairly low.

And if you’re more concerned with the creative aspect of your patio, stamped concrete can go where your imagination roams. Instead of being concerned with what your local Home Depot has in stock, you’ll be able to pick your design and appropriate stain to go along with it. Stamped concrete makes it really easy to create your favorite look without worrying about other factors.

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Cons: 

If you’re going to stamped concrete route in hope that people won’t be able to tell the difference between this and stone, you’ll be sadly mistaken.  Unfortunately, stone or natural material aficionados will be able to tell.

And when repairs are needed, it’ll be difficult to match the exact color of your stamped concrete. With time and the elements comes faded colors, so exact matches can be few and far between. This means that you’ll have to be very diligent about the upkeep of your stamped concrete.

And if you’re looking to install and use your new patio or walkway within minutes, then stamped concrete has some bad news for you. It takes about three days for stamped concrete to cure before it can withstand any kind of traffic.

 

 

 

Pavers

This material also comes with its own pros and cons, but it’s definitely a popular alternative to stamped concrete and can be perfect for those DIYers. In order for you to really know which route is the best for you, we’ll have to dig into the details of pavers, too!

 

Pros:

Pavers come in handy for those that are looking for material that allows for easy “spot treatment.” Meaning, if one paver breaks, you won’t have to replace the entire thing. You’ll only have to replace that single stone.

They also allow for easy drainage, which makes them less slippery! This also helps the surrounding grassy area, allowing the water to trickle to help in their growing as opposed to trapping it on the surface.

And if you’re a DIY-fanatic, then this project could be right up your alley! Pavers can be easier and safer to install by yourself.

 

Cons:

One of the major cons about using pavers is having weeds and grass grow through the cracks and spaces of your paver pieces. There are some procedures you can take to try and stop their growth, but normally, grass will find its way out. This can mean countless hours picking the grass and weeds from between the cracks or letting it ruin your hard work. It’s definitely annoying and an unpleasant sight.

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Although pavers are very versatile and can be shaped into any patter you like, there’s no gurantee that your local Home Depot has the stone you’re looking for. Perhaps you’ve fallen in love with a particular pattern and color combination only to find out no one in the immediate area stocks the right material– now your dreams are shattered. Creativity and accessibility don’t always align.

And, finally, we talked about pavers being easier to install and sometimes even safer! However, they are definitely more time consuming. This project can take 3-5 days for even professionals when it comes to bigger jobs. So if you’re banking on making your patio a DIY project, perhaps think again. Putting each paver in the exactly correct spot is fairly easy, but not exactly time-effective.

 

All in all, there are many different reasons to pick either one of these options; it all depends on what you’re looking for. Hopefully this list has helped you pick between the two or helped shed light on different aspects and features of each. And if you’re ever looking for more information, advice, or an estimate on either stamped concrete or pavers, don’t hesitate to call us! We’re more than happy to send someone to measure your project area and get a quote to you. Contact us here!

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