10 Apr Pavers vs Stamped Concrete – Pros and Cons
You’ve already decided you don’t want a regular concrete patio or pool deck. So now you are trying to figure out whether you should use brick pavers vs stamped concrete on your new patio.
At first glance, both materials look similar and serve the same purpose. In reality, they are miles apart when it comes to functionality, costs and options. If you want something that lasts, looks beautiful and requires minimal maintenance, brick pavers might be just what you’re looking for.
Learn the Truth Between Pavers vs Stamped Concrete
Some people don’t realize that brick pavers work for any paving application, which includes decks, driveways and patios. If you have a walkway up to the front door, you can install pavers instead of concrete. If you want a cohesive paving application from your pool to your driveway, pavers will do the job. Anywhere a concrete slab can go, a paver can also go and do the job even better.
Stamped concrete is made to create the same patterns that are found in paving stones. It’s an involved process that requires pouring, tinting and stamping. Pavers are individual pieces with natural joints that serve to eliminate cracks due to pressure, expansion and contraction. They come in many different colors and can be arranged in numerous ways to create custom designs.
Pros and Cons of Pavers vs Stamped Concrete
Advantages of Stamped Concrete:
- Imitates natural stone and segmented paving.
- It comes in many different colors and patterns
- Sealed to protect the concrete from pool chemicals and the weather.
Disadvantages of Stamped Concrete:
- Installation costs are high
- Ongoing maintenance can cost even more.
- Colors fade over time, and it’s almost impossible to match the color when making a repair.
In our experience, we’ve seen stamped concrete crack within months to a few years. For about the same amount of money, you can enjoy brick pavers.
Advantages of Brick Pavers:
- Pavers cost about the same as concrete stamping
- Can be mixed with various patterns and colors for a custom look.
- Unlimited designs can be created to complement your home.
- Pavers are extremely durable and withstand cracking and weather damage.
- It’s easy to replace a single brick paver in case of cracking.
- Maintenance costs are very low over time.
Disadvantages of Brick Pavers:
- Joint sand needs to be reapplied every few years to prevent weed growth between the pavers. However, you can prevent weed growth by applying polymer sand between the individual pieces.
- If not professionally installed, there can be some settling of the pavers of time. However, having a professional install the pavers can prevent settling.
Pavers are the Ideal Choice for Patio and Pools Decks
Concrete, gravel pavement and asphalt cannot compare to the beauty, longevity and easy maintenance of deck pavers. If you’re interested in upgrading your driveway, pool deck and walkways with pavers, let us create a custom look for your outdoor space.
American Outdoor Living has helped many Orlando area homeowners with the installation of brick pavers for their pool decks, patios, walkways and driveways. If you still have questions regarding pavers vs stamped concrete, contact us at 407-847-9322 for a free consultation so that we can get started on beautifying your home today.