An update to a previous post!
Natural Stone Pavers vs. Stamped Concrete
A popular addition to a landscape is a patio, creating a hard surface to extend the living space from indoors to outdoors. Outdoor living spaces allow for enjoyment of the outdoors by creating dining areas, fire pits, seating walls and even built-in bars and grills. The main factor in deciding which materials to use is the installation method and durability of material types.
Why we use Natural Stone Pavers at Indian Run Landscaping:
Paver patios are easier to maintain and repair.
There is no cure time.
They are more durable, and they are very versatile.
Using natural stone pavers delivers a high quality product.
Although the popularity of stamped concrete has grown over the years, there’s nothing like the beauty and quality of natural stone.
Due to the installation methods and crushed stone base, these systems last longer and are more durable than stamped concrete systems.
If a paver cracks or chips, the broken pavers can be removed and replaced. This cuts down on maintenance costs over time. There is also no cure time with pavers. Once the pavers are laid, they are ready to be walked on. Pavers are built to withstand the freeze and thaw cycles of the seasons. The only real maintenance to be done is to power-wash every 5-7 years and fill in the poly-sand if needed. With the increase in use of paver patios, the selection has also increased. Paver patios can virtually be built into any pattern, color or size.
The only real ‘con’ to patio pavers is the cost. Pavers are hand laid, one-by-one, which increases the labor cost to the project.
As a long-term maintenance cost between the two, pavers will cost less in the long-term considering the cost of having to re-do a concrete patio when it cracks.
Pros and cons of stamped concrete:
Relatively low cost.
Ease of installation
Versatility of the material.