Patio Pavers vs Concrete
Consumers shopping for a more attractive alternative to plain poured concrete usually end up discovering stamped concrete or paving stones. A common misconception about stamped concrete is that it gives you the look of paving stones for less money. Stamped concrete done correctly can look nice. It usually looks great at a distance but up close it looks artificial since it is an imitation of stone, brick, or cobblestone. If you are thinking about stamped concrete to create that look of paving stones, you should educate yourself on the benefits of installing pavers or natural stone.The one advantage of going with stamped concrete is that it can be made into a wide variety of patterns to simulate the look of brick, slate, cobble stone, flagstone, real stone, and tile. The biggest disadvantage, of course, is that it is still concrete. This means it is just one large slab that will crack.
For example, paving stones have a lifetime warranty against cracking. You will not get that with stamped concrete. Also, when you repair stamped concrete you will see a scar, discolorations, and repair marks. However, if paving stones get stained or cracked, you simple remove the stone and replace it with a new one that will match.
Now that you know a little about the differences between stamped concrete and paving stones, consider paving stones for your next home improvement project. They will increase both the value and beautify of your homes’ exterior. Click on the links above to learn more about the advantages of paving stones versus concrete.
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