The Facts About Stamped Concrete
When selecting the hardscape material for your Southern California home you have several options to choose from including paving stones, stamped concrete, brick, and traditional concrete. Each one will create a different visual effect and provide you with a solid surface for walking, creating a patio, driveway or pool deck. Paving stones, however, are the most durable out of all of these options.
Stamped Concrete Looks Like Pavers
Stamped concrete is designed to look like paving stones. This is a similar concept to how laminate floors are designed to look like real tile. The appearance is similar but the texture, durability, and feel of the surface will be different.
Here is how the process of creating stamped concrete works.
- Concrete is laid like normal. Your contractor will prepare the surface and pour the concrete in your desired shape and size.
- Colored powder is poured on the surface. This powder comes in a variety of shades and is used to create the style or effect you are trying to achieve.
- Rubber stamps are used to create the effect. The stamps give the concrete a textured look and determine the size of each color section.
The Challenges with Stamped Concrete
Concrete, stamped or otherwise, can very easily become damaged. In Southern California, where earthquakes are common, cracks can easily develop. There is no way to prevent a crack from forming in a concrete slab and one could develop immediately upon the concrete setting. Once a crack has formed the only way to correct it is by patching it which leaves an unattractive seam, or by replacing the concrete. This can be both expensive and time consuming. For this reason concrete contractors will typically not offer any type of warranty.
Stamped concrete runs the risk of color fading. Since the color is only on the surface of the concrete it can start to fade very quickly. In a sunny area like Los Angeles, pavers are a much better solution because paver sealer can protect them from sun damage. If the goal of stamped concrete is to create a beautiful effect, losing the color will ruin it.
The Benefits of Installing Pavers
Paving stones are a superior, more durable, alternative to concrete. They are gorgeous, come in a variety of colors, sizes, and textures. They are earthquake resistant because they can move with the earth. If one becomes damaged, it can be replaced in a day without impacting the stones around it. In both visual appearance and quality, pavers are a far more attractive option for Southern California home owners.
At Go Pavers, we frequently run pavers specials where homeowners can save money and benefit from steep discounts. All of our pavers prices include the cost of demolition and labor so there are no surprise or hidden charges. With regular discounts, paving stones have similar prices to stamped concrete but will last far longer.
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