Are you interested in upgrading your patio, walkway or driveway to stamped concrete or pavers?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. At Marrocco’s Stamped Concrete, we have what it takes to help you upgrade your outdoor space like never before with stamped concrete or pavers, either of which could make a huge difference for your space. However, choosing between the two can be difficult, and that’s why we’ve set out to help you determine once and for all which option would be better for your needs. Here is a side-by-side comparison of stamped concrete and pavers:

Appearance

With its unique texture, stamped concrete can be more ornate and aesthetically pleasing than pavers. It can also be made to resemble segmented paving or natural stone.

However, you shouldn’t discount pavers when it comes to appearance. Pavers can also be extremely visually appealing, and they can be manipulated to create different designs.

Installation

Because concrete is poured, it’s considered to be easier to install than pavers, which have to be laid individually by hand. But regardless of whether you choose concrete or pavers, you’re better off leaving installation up to the professionals.

Stamped concrete requires time to dry and cure, and that can take a couple of days. Installing stamped concrete also involves grading, excavation and, of course, proper planning. Installing pavers, though, is a bit more complicated and takes a lot of preparation.

Durability

While stamped concrete can crack or split when the ground shifts underneath it or with changes in the temperature, sealer can be applied to protect it against the elements and things, like pool chemicals, that can harm it.

As far as durability is concerned, pavers can be a great choice because they don’t crack often. However, pavers can become loose over time, which can make them a trip hazard.

Maintenance

Stamped concrete is very easy to maintain. All you really need to do to keep it clean is to wash it with dish soap and a brush, and rinse it off. Though stamped concrete can be stained, you can apply a sealant to help prevent stains, just make sure that you reapply it regularly.

Pavers are also easy to maintain, but not quite as easy as stamped concrete. One of the biggest issues that come up with pavers is weeds, which can grow between the crevices and cracks. However, you can pour a polymer sand in these cracks to prevent weed growth.

Cost

In general, if you choose pavers, you can expect to pay a little more than if you choose stamped concrete, due to the more complicated installation process. Pavers have to be laid by hand, one at a time, and that takes more time and skill. Furthermore, a lot of preparations need to be made before pavers can even be installed.

Let us help you find the right option for your home!

As you can see, both pavers and stamped concrete can be a great choice. We hope that this blog will help you choose between the two, but if you’d like professional help with your choice, feel free to contact us at Marrocco’s Stamped Concrete. We specialize in creating distinct hardscape designs, and we offer both stamped concrete and pavers.

Schedule your free consultation today!