Considering a new patio? Maybe you want to spruce up the old driveway with something that has a bit more curb appeal. It’s time to talk pavement and options. Home owners install stone pavers in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Bricks, for example, are common stones used to pave walkways, driveways, and pool decks. However, stamped concrete offers a superior solution to pavement. We listed some main reasons why stamped concrete is a better choice for your next pavement project.
Strength Over Time
Newly paved driveways, patios, and pool decks look great when first installed. Ask yourself what they will look like in 10 years? Consider which material is the most durable and will look the best after years of weathering. Rain, constant traffic, and general aging wear down most traditional pavement. Stamped concrete changes the game with a material that actually gets stronger as it cures. As a cohesive paved area, stamped concrete combines beautiful design with a durable and long-lasting solution to pavement.
Weeds: No Thank You!
Individual stones and bricks create upscale looking driveways, walkways, and patios. Installers lay each brick and stone by hand. Unfortunately, the space between the pavers welcomes unwanted grass and weeds. That amazing new brick driveway looks great until it’s polluted with weeds in all the crevices. Think about the costly and time-consuming hassle of spraying for weeds or pulling them by hand every year to keep your pavement looking good. However, stamped concrete offers a solution. Stamped concrete installers pour concrete to create one cohesive body of hardened surface. The stamps create the look of individual stones, without the hassle of real separations.
Another disadvantage of traditional paver stones is that they limit shape options. To achieve curved designs, you need to cut the straight edges of the stones to create the curved perimeter. Stamped concrete installers design a form that can take any shape you want. Don’t worry about working around your existing landscape because each form is custom made. Build a curved pool deck that wraps around your inground pool, or a patio that hugs pre-existing trees. Stamped concrete makes unique shapes and designs much easier and cost efficient than stones.
Avoid Sink Holes
As we mentioned previously, stone pavers don’t maintain their appeal over the test of time. Separations between stones allow water infiltration. The water that seeps under the stones causes the ground to give away. Before you know it, your pavers are shifting downhill or becoming un-level. Imagine dips and divots all over your once level pavement. In addition to not looking great, these issues present a safety hazard for your guests to walk over.