When it’s time to install a pool deck or replace a patio, sidewalk or driveway, it’s good to do your research regarding the benefits of pavers vs stamped concrete.
In considering these factors such as cost, how long you want it to last, and overall look all play a role in your decision. Where you live, your climate and type of ground, are also key elements to consider.
First, let’s look at stamped concrete. Stamped concrete has many benefits that include a wide range of color choices, relatively simple installation, many patterns to choose from and cost.
Stamped Concrete Benefits:
- A wide selection of colors and patterns.
- Stamped concrete can be sealed to provide extra protection against weather, auto leakage and swimming pool chemicals.
- The ability to customize the look to resemble pavers and natural stone.
Stamped Concrete Detractors:
- Concrete is very prone to cracking, especially in climates that see a lot of freezing and thawing.
- Because control joints and saw cuts are required to mitigate cracking, interruptions can occur across stamped pattern lines.
- De-icing salts can deteriorate ornate designs.
- Difficult and usually impossible to seamlessly repair.
- Maintenance of resealing yearly
Pavers have been around for literally hundreds of years. If you’ve ever been to Europe, you know this to be true. Spectacular hardscapes found in villages and large monasteries show how pavers can be maintained and repair for decades.
What are pavers? Pavers are stone or concrete pieces which interlock to create a durable surface.
Pavers require proper installation to last a lifetime. Setting the correct base layer first is critical in the longevity of a paver system. Note, our installation experts and the proven Outdoor Innovations paver install process are second to none.
Set as individual pieces unlike like poured concrete, pavers move with ground heaving that occurs every winter/spring when the ground freezes and thaws. Also, as individual pieces, if a paver is damaged, it can be replaced with little to no disruption to the rest of the paving system. Replacing individual pavers will go unnoticed in the look of the paver surface.
Benefits of Pavers:
- Since they usually do not require replacement, pavers offer better cost efficiency over time.
- Repairs are quick and seamless, requiring easy replacements of cracked or broken pavers.
- Colors and patterns can be mixed and matched to make stunning designs with accents, bandings and borders.
The longevity of pavers and the ability to easily replace and repair the individual pieces make them an excellent choice for pool decks, sidewalks, patios and driveways.
Are you ready to learn more about our paver process?
Contact a design consultant at Outdoor Innovations today. Initial consultations are always free.