Pavers vs. Stamped Concrete

pavers

Our sales and design team are often asked the following question during landscape and pool consultation sessions: “Which patio material is better, pavers, or stamped concrete?” Although the initial appearance of the patio is important, our designers also consider how durable and easy to maintain the paving materials that we recommend and install. There are many benefits and disadvantages to pavers and stamped cement. There are many positives and negatives to this topic. However, we believe the main concerns in choosing a patio or deck design for a residential home are those listed below.

Pavers

Professionals in the industry often consider pavers to be the most elegant and beautiful hardscape material. Pavers can withstand extreme weather conditions and heavy loads. Concrete pavers are rated at 8000 psi. However, pavestone pavers can withstand loads up to 11,000psi. There are over 100 styles and colors available in pavestone. This makes it easy for you to design patios and decks that complement the landscape or other structural elements.

Pavers Cost: $10-15 per sqft

Pros:

  • Concrete is approximately three times stronger than poured concrete (10000-11,000 psi).
  • Pavers will not crack if they are installed correctly.
  • Swimming pool decks are safe and easy to maintain, even when it is wet.
  • It is easy to fix or make changes.
  • It is resistant to freezing and thawing cycles, and will not absorb water.
  • It is visually superior to other types of pavement materials.

Cons:

  • Stamped concrete offers a wider range of color options and patterns than stamped concrete.
  • If polymeric sand has not been used, weeds can grow between pavers.
  • It is possible for the base material to settle over time. This can be prevented by properly installing it.

Stamped Concrete

One of the most sought-after patio and deck materials is stamped concrete. It’s slightly more expensive than pavers, and comes in a wide range of colors and patterns. Stamped concrete is concrete and will crack eventually. Control joints are placed every few feet by installers to try and prevent this problem. This product has a “stamped” appearance. Concrete is stamped after it has been poured, but before it starts to harden. Mixing the concrete with color is a common practice. Stamped concrete may seem like the perfect hardscape material. However, there are some important things to consider when planning a residential or business hardscape project.

Stamped Concrete Cost: $10-12 per sqft

Pros:

  • There are many colors and patterns to choose from.
  • It is slightly cheaper than pavers or other paving materials.
  • Sealing stamp concrete protects it from the weather and chemicals in pools.
  • You can achieve a brick or natural stone look for less.

Cons:

  • Concrete stamped with cracks will occur, which many designers consider a characteristic.
  • You should only drive on a rating of 3,500 to 5,000 psi.
  • It will absorb moisture but is not resistant to freezing thaw cycles.
  • Multiple trucks can cause color variations that are not acceptable.
  • Seal must be renewed every 2 to 3 years.
  • Wet slippery.

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