Stamped concrete and concrete pavers are two popular paving options for driveways, walkways, and backyard patios. Though they are made out of concrete, stamped concrete and concrete pavers possess two very distinct set of advantages and disadvantages due to their unique fabrication and installation methods. Understanding the differences between stamped concrete and concrete pavers can help you choose the one that best suits your paving needs.
Stamped concrete is concrete that is actually poured into place by paving contractors, and represents the traditional method of paving a flat surface. The main draw of stamped concrete is that it can easily imitate other types of materials, like natural stone, through the use of stamped patterns and colors. Colors can be mixed into the concrete right on site, allowing you to customize the appearance of your paved surface easily and exactly to your specifications. Additionally, stamped concrete is sealed after it's installed to preserve the color and pattern, which increases the already high durability of the material and making it ideal for areas where it may be exposed to chemicals, such as pool walkways.
However, stamped concrete is an expensive paving option, partly because it requires professional installation. This makes it less than ideal than other paving options for homeowners who have a tight budget. Furthermore, stamped concrete is susceptible to cracking in freezing temperatures, which means that it is not the best choice for colder climates. Also, repairs tend to be quite expensive, as the entire surface will need to be replaced.
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