Patio Construction: Stamped Concrete Vs. Pavers Patio Construction: Stamped Concrete Vs. Pavers

If you're building a patio, you might need to choose between using stamped concrete or pavers for your patio flooring. Increasing in popularity, stamped concrete, or patterned concrete, is designed to look like tile, stones, wood, brick, or other more expensive materials. Typically, brick or stone pavers are individually placed and made to interlock. When designing a patio, you want low maintenance, an enduring finish, and an endless variety of textural and colored surfaces from which to choose. Understanding the pros and cons to stamped concrete and pavers is essential in choosing the best material for constructing your patio.

Know Your Terrain and Climate

Different geographic locations will have an impact on the longevity of the stamped concrete, or pavers. Winter climates thaw the ground in spring, causing pavers to heave up and down, and stamped concrete to develop cracks. Warm stable climates are best suited for concrete and pavers.

Design Concepts

Stamped concrete can provide many beautiful design options, creating full hard-scape areas, walkways, and driveways that are easily maintained. Utilizing pavers will allow options for,lawns, and flower beds to be placed between them. Also, the installation of pavers may more often be done by the homeowner, whereas stamped concrete is installed by professionals who specialize in concrete paving.

Maintenance Considerations

Stamped concrete is generally used in wide, continuous areas allowing you to easy maintenance with an occasional washing. Most stains, should they occur, are easily removed because most stamped concrete has been sealed, and is not porous.  Pavers will tend to require an occasional re-setting or adjustment because they tend to move under repeated use. When washing or sweeping pavers, be careful to protect any lawn or ground cover used to landscape between them.

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