Over the last couple of years, we’ve told you about the many reasons that people decide to go with stamped concrete. And while we’ve touted the many benefits of stamped concrete, we haven’t always told you why those benefits are in fact addressing the problems brought about why other forms of paving. Let’s take a look at some of the problems that stamped concrete can fix.
The Bland Problem
As we’ve discussed many times before, concrete is an amazing substance. If properly poured and cured, it can actually get stronger over the decades. But before the invention of stamped and acid-stained concrete, most concrete was just plain bland. It was either gray, or light gray, or dark gray. Or in the right light, really light gray. Sure, it was practical as a way to construct buildings, but those buildings often ended up having to be painted after the fact, which means that they’d have to be repainted as they faded or the paint chipped off. Architects sometimes fixed this by adding a facade to the building, but that simply added expense and upkeep costs.
Stained concrete fixes that problem by adding the color in at the molecular level, as the stain actually becomes a part of the concrete. This means that it can’t wash off. Of course, the stain is added in the first place to fix the “bland problem,” because stamped concrete floors, patios, and driveways look amazing. All it takes is a little color to make people forget that they’re walking on concrete at all.
The Problems With Other Types of Pavement
Stamped concrete often rises to the top of people’s lists because of the problems associated with other types of pavement. We’ve already mentioned why customers want to avoid the traditional gray driveway, but there are a few more advantages to stamped concrete.
Pavers can allow grass and weeds to grow between them. Put down sand and then you have the upkeep of filling the space in with sand every few years. Pavers are also going to cause problems when it comes to a driveway that’s on any sort of slant, because over the years gravity is going to start pulling them downhill. At the very least the water will seep in between them and cause the ground underneath to wear away, causing mini-sinkholes that will cause them to become uneven and trip people. (Why not just use heavier stones? Heavier stones are going to be larger, which means an increase in both labor and transportation costs.)
Similar issues occur with brick patios or driveways. While they look absolutely amazing the moment they’re laid, the bricks are going to start to shift after just one winter. And there’s also the weed problem.
The Weird Shape Problem
When it starts out and is being poured, concrete is a semi-liquid slurry. As such, it will flow into the shapes of its container, which in our case are the concrete forms. That means that concrete is one of the best options when it comes to creating pathways in pre-existing spaces, such as between trees or around a swimming pool.
What we’re saying is, concrete is the easiest type of pavement to use when it comes to rounded or flowing shapes. A square driveway might work for most houses, but circle drives are much nicer when they’re curved like, oh, I don’t know…a circle. Pavers aren’t going to do that unless they’re cut to the curve, which significantly adds to the cost.
We’re big fans of concrete, and we’re ready to help you make the most of it in your space. Contact Marrocco’s Stamped Concrete for a free quote!