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Paver Patio vs. Stamped Concrete Patio

September 5th, 2017

Once you’ve made the decision to upgrade or install a new patio at your home, the hard part comes with picking the patio material, design, and style. There are so many options and possibilities! We recommend that you take the time to research the options and understand the short-term costs and long-term maintenance.

To help with decision making, we’ve outlined some of the pros and cons for paver patios versus stamped concrete patios. Ultimately, you want to choose a patio that fits your style, budget, and home maintenance preferences.

Pavers
Pavers are a low-maintenance option with tremendous design versatility with a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. These can also be used for patios, walkways, garden paths, floors, and sidewalks.

Installation
While paver installation is relatively simple, it is time-consuming and can be tedious. The pavers must be installed one by one on a prepared, level surface. To help prevent shifting of the pavers over time and the growth of weeds, polymeric sands should be laid in the paver joints. Interlocking pavers, designed for flexibility, provide even more stability and resistance against shifting and cracking over time. Once installed, the pavers do not require time to cure.

Maintenance & Repairs
Patio pavers are easy to clean. After sweeping away dirt and debris, a wash with your garden hose and spray nozzle will leave the pavers looking great. Light re-sanding every 3-5 years may be needed.

If a paver gets chipped or cracked, it is easy to replace one or two pieces rather than restoring a slab of concrete.

Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete patios have a variety of patterns, colors, and textures. Accent colors are often added to the concrete mixture for additional interest. Stamp designs range from brick to pavers to faux stone and numerous designs in between.

Installation
A stamped concrete patio is easy to install, first by pouring a traditional concrete slab, then applying a stamped design while the concrete is still wet. After the slab has been poured and stamped, it cures for about 3-4 days, during which time it cannot be walked on. A sealant can be added to protect the surface from weather and pool chemicals.

Maintenance & Repairs
Unfortunately, the maintenance of a stamped concrete patio can be its biggest negative. For ordinary cleaning, it can also be swept and sprayed with a garden hose. However, when there is ground shifting, a stamped concrete patio is prone to cracking. The only way to truly repair the patio is to replace the entire slab, starting over.

If you have any questions about which type of patio would work best for you and your home, call Stone & Concrete Denver at 303-287-0889 to set up an appointment.

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