Stamped Concrete Vs Pavers

Posted on: 11 July 2016

There are two primary choices for patio flooring: stamped concrete and pavers. Both of them are fine options, but when someone is in the market to redo their patio floors, it's important to know the strengths and weaknesses of both options. This knowledge can help a homeowner make a more educated decision. This is a closer look at  the difference between stamped concrete and pavers

Stamped Concrete

One of the best advantages of stamped concrete is that it is easy to install. Stamped concrete comes in large slabs. The large size means that the job can be completed more quickly. Stamped concrete also has the larger amount of colors and patterns. Pavers come in a large variety of colors and patterns, too, but stamped concrete can also mimic other materials (such as stone or brick). Stamped concrete can be utilized in many more places than just the patio. 

Stamped concrete is more likely to crack than pavers. While concrete is substantially cheaper to install, the cracks can end up costing in repairs.  Repairs are generally more extensive due to the large slabs of stamped concrete. The entire slab will need to be fixed, and subtle wear and tear can make the color hard to match during repairs. To counter this, there are interchangeable stamped concrete slabs available. There are more pieces, and it makes repairs easier. Cracks can be created by heavy weight on the concrete, the property settling, and the fact that concrete shrinks with time. One last disadvantage is the need to wait 3 - 5 days before people are able to walk on the surface. 


Pavers come in small pieces. This does mean that it will take more time to place all of the pieces. However, when a crack or damage does occur, this makes repairs comparatively more easy. However, if the installation is not done properly, the pavers can actually move with time. To prevent this, the installer must ensure that the ground is compacted properly. Pavers are ready to be walked on almost instantly after being installed. They also don't require much maintenance. In bad weather, pavers can assist in water and snow drainage.

Pavers cost more than stamped concrete, but they last longer. Another possible disadvantage is that weeds can possibly grow through the pieces. To counter this, the installer should use polymer sand. This will harden the ground and make it impossible for the weeds to grow.