Paving Stones and Stamped Concrete Cost
If you are looking to transform your patio, or install a new one, you have several options to consider. You can have a standard concrete patio, brick patio, stamped concrete patio or pavers patio installed. All of them have unique features and a completely different look. Stamped concrete cost can be lower than pavers, but you will miss out on some of the intrinsic benefits of working with paving stones.
Concrete patios are functional but boring. With a solid grey surface, they can appear drab, cookie-cutter, and not at all unique. Many builders will install concrete patios because they are cheap. If you want to create a custom look, it is better to go with a different option.
Brick patios were very popular in the 1980’s and 1990’s. While functional, they are often associated with these decades and can date your home. Even new brick can be associated with years past. The mortar in between the bricks can deteriorate over time and is difficult to replace. Additionally bricks can fade unevenly and create a worn out appearance.
Stamped concrete cost is higher than traditional concrete patios because it has a unique design feature. The design can mirror the look of paving stones with a synthetic design. Think of it as putting laminate in your home instead of tile. It looks like a version of the real thing, but not as good as the real thing. One major negative about stamped concrete is that you are still prone to earthquake damage, a major issue in Southern California. If you develop a crack, the entire patio will need to be replaced since there is no way to patch it without the patch looking obvious. Additionally, solid concrete increase storm water runoff which is bad for the environment. While you are likely to save money over actual paving stones, you have to decide if the cost savings is worth not having the real thing.
Paving stones are the most exquisite patio option. They are truly stunning and the most durable product on the market. Pavers are connected with a sand filler. While only a small space, it is enough to allow each paver to move with the earth if an earthquake hits. This prevents cracking and damage. Paving stones are extremely easy to maintain, and if you use a paver sealer, they can be cleaned with water only. Unlike brick, if the sand runs low you can simply pour more in. You don’t have to dig up what is already there.
Pavers also come in a wide variety of colors so you can select the tone and color hue that compliments your design tastes. Imagine selecting the perfect paving stone for your new outdoor furniture. With such a large variety, you can be sure that your paving stones will look different from the neighbors. You can also select from multiple textures. Whether smooth or tumbled, there is something for everyone. At Go Pavers, we also list all of our pavers prices online. They include demolition and labor so you can do a direct comparison with stamped concrete cost and determine which option is best for your family. To learn more call us to schedule your free consultation.
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