When you're looking to up your hardscape game,
you've got a lot of options to consider. From the consideration of cost and
materials to time and design, it's important to figure out exactly what you
want before you commit. You want to choose a material that's going to last for
years to come. Concrete and natural stone are two materials that are used most
often to create driveways, patios and walkways, but how do you know which
material is best for your project? Here are nine reasons that show why concrete
is the best choice for your hardscape project.
Concrete is cost effective
When you're looking to create an elegant and
functional outdoor space, the price is most homeowners biggest concern.
Bluestone can be a good choice, but it's hard to find since it's only available
in certain areas in North America. Because of this, bluestone can be very
expensive. It can cost you nearly twice the price to have bluestone installed
than to get a concrete overlay. Luckily, stamped concrete can cost you far
less, while providing the same elegant look - all without compromising
quality. In fact, if you want a
bluestone look, you can get a stamped concrete design that looks exactly like
it for a fraction of the cost.
Additionally, bluestone will cost you more in
the long run. Bluestone pavers settle over time and become unstable and broken.
You'll need to pay to have new bluestone pavers installed as they deteriorate.
Your stamped concrete patio, on the other hand, will look like individual
pavers without the expense of replacement.
Concrete is low maintenance
Concrete is one of the easiest outdoor
materials to care for. Occasional sweeping or hosing it down is all you
typically need to do to keep your patio or walkway looking beautiful. There are
also concrete cleaners on the market that are specifically designed to remove
stains from your stamped or stained concrete surfaces. Bluestone on the other
hand will fade and turn grey without proper maintenance, while your concrete
will look great for decades with just a little TLC. To truly protect it from
the elements and staining, you may want to consider having the surface resealed
every few years.
You don't have to worry about weeds
Bluestones and pavers are laid with tiny
cracks between them, which gives weeds and grass the opportunity to grow in
these spaces. This will cause your elegant look to become an eyesore very
quickly and requires a lot of care to maintain. Stamped concrete brings the
look of individual stones without the added need for maintenance like weed and
grass removal. Since your hardscape is composed of one slab of concrete that
provides the illusion of spaces between the stones, you won't have to worry
about weeds and grass making your outdoor space look messy.
It's energy efficient.
Have you ever walked on warm concrete on a
cool summer night? Not only does it feel soothing to your tired feet, but it's
also great for the environment. During the daytime, concrete absorbs the sun's
heat and releases it at night, warming the surrounding space and creating a
comfortable place to relax around your resurfaced seat wall and fire pit system.
Because of its ability to absorb and store the sun's heat, concrete is both
sustainable and energy-efficient without costing you a penny in the process.
It is versatile and easy to customize.
One of the greatest perks of choosing concrete
over bluestone is its versatility. When it comes to concrete, your options are
nearly endless. You can customize your design to perfectly match your home
aesthetic. With bluestone, on the other
hand, you're limited to the selection of natural stones available - and unable
to make changes to their size, shape or color tone.. Several design options to
consider with concrete include:
Be sure to work with a specialist to choose
the stamped or stained concrete design that matches your home's character
perfectly. Choose designs that look like bluestone or select a color that
compliments the color of your siding or shutters. There are so many options to
create a perfectly unique outdoor space. With bluestone, you just don't get
that kind of freedom.
Concrete will last for decades.
With proper care, your concrete hardscape will
last over 25 years, can withstand harsh weather conditions and withstand
the wear and tear of daily use.
Bluestone pavers, on the other hand, will settle over time requiring them to be
reset and replaced, costing you additional money.. To keep your concrete
overlay in perfect condition, you'll want to have it resealed every few years.
No tripping hazards.
As mentioned above, bluestone pavers are
notorious for settling and moving around. This causes them to become unstable
and uneven, causing a potential tripping hazard that can be especially
dangerous for children. This is likely one of the greatest cons of bluestone. A
stained concrete pool deck, on the other hand, is composed of one solid slab
that will keep your friends and family safe from falling on the hard surface.
Slip-resistant for added safety.
In addition to being tripping hazards,
bluestone, wood and other surfaces can become slippery when wet, making them a
dangerous choice for pool decks and patios. Concrete overlays provide a
slip-proof coating that protects your loved ones from falling so you can enjoy
your space without worrying about safety.
Installation is quick and easy.
When it comes to bluestone installation, a
crew will need to individually lay the pavers on for your outdoor space. This
can take nearly two weeks for a small driveway. A stamped or stained concrete
patio will take far less time to complete, so you can begin enjoying your
concrete patio or pool deck much sooner.
Overall, the benefits of concrete just can't
be matched. Although bluestone is beautiful, why choose something so expensive
when you can create something even better for half the price? Here at Concrete
Craft, we're committed to creating unique handcrafted concrete overlays that
transform any outdoor space. We'd love to work with you to create the perfect hardscape
to match your home's design. Contact
us today for a free estimate.