Concrete Stamping vs. Pavers

May 21, 2021

When it comes to sprucing up your landscape, perhaps nothing makes a grander statement than adding a permanent concrete feature. Creating an attractive walkway, landing, patio, or outdoor living space can ensure your home has the perfect mix of usability and style. Many people find it difficult to choose between concrete stamping and pavers when adding an aesthetic element to their design. Both are good options, so let's look at the pros and cons of each.

Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete is a concrete base topped with a texture or pattern. At first glance, many people mistake it for brick, flagstone, tile, or slate.

Pros:

  • Durability is a huge advantage of stamped concrete. As with original concrete, it has the structural strength that will last for many years, even in high-traffic areas.
  • Aesthetic flexibility is another benefit because you can choose from a wide variety of patterns, textures, and colors. You can easily blend a stamped concrete area with the existing landscape or make it stand out as a focal point. Stamped concrete can be easily molded into specific shapes to fill odd-shaped spaces.
  • Safety is always a concern when adding on to your home or landscape. Stamped concrete can be textured and designed specifically for use in areas where tripping and slipping must be minimized, such as around pools, access ramps, and children's play areas.

Cons:

  • Not a DIY project. It is absolutely essential that you leave stamped concrete projects to the professionals. The pros use special pouring techniques that ensure consistency and prevent cracks.

Pavers

Pavers are individual blocks that can be laid in place to create an outdoor space for entertaining, walking, or lounging.

Pros:

  • Perfect for DIY-ers. Pavers can be laid out by homeowners who have the time and interest to create their own spaces.
  • Design options are flexible with pavers. They can be laid out to create a striking pattern that complements any yard or landscape.
  • Not easy to damage. A huge benefit of using pavers is that individual pavers rarely crack or become damaged. If they do, they can easily be replaced without having to re-do an entire area. 

Cons:

  • Ground settling is the number one concern with using pavers. Even with professional installation, ground erosion, weather, and unexpected traffic patterns can cause pavers to shift and create uneven surfaces. Ground settling increases safety concerns where tripping and falling are issues with children, older adults, and those who may not be steady on their feet.
  • Maintenance is required. Pavers are locked into place using a special kind of sand. This sand must be topped off periodically to maintain the pavers' secure positions.

In the end, it is often an equal toss-up between stamped concrete and pavers. The cost is generally similar once the project is completed, and the result is a beautiful feature in your yard.

Contact MD Residential to discuss the details for your landscape project.

Posted on behalf of MD Residential LLC