Five Reasons Why Stamped Concrete Is A Great Alternative To Pavers

Using pavers is a practice that has been around since ancient times. In fact, the roads in “all roads lead to Rome” were probably what we call pavers today. Pavers for home design continue to be popular for driveways, walkways, and patios to evoke classic, Old World charm as well as rustic and natural surroundings. But unlike the days of old, today there are options for the beauty of pavers with custom decorative concrete from Concrete Craft® without the inherent problems of pavers which include cost and exacting installation that can make or break a pavers project. Here are five very good reasons why stamped concrete is a better alternative than pavers for your next project.

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Paver designs today have come a long way from Roman times with the ease and beauty of stamped concrete finishes

Reason One: Incredible design potential

Pavers are especially popular for the intricate designs that can be accomplished but, with natural stone, availability of color options can sometimes limit design capability. With decorative concrete, there are no limitations on color, our MasterPro StainTM concrete stains let you have any custom color or colors to create any look you want. Custom concrete stamps and stencils allow us to formulate intricate designs and patterns, including the look of real stone pavers like slate, cobblestone, flagstone, and bluestone. Additionally, stamped concrete designs can emulate brick pavers, Travertine tile, porcelain, and marble.

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Never a problem of running out of the style and color you want with stamped concrete designs, even for a long driveway

Reason Two:  Attractive cost savings

One online source stated that a basic (simple pattern) paver installation is initially 30% higher than the same-sized stamped concrete patio. Decorative concrete can give you all the bells and whistles of pavers, i.e., intricate patterns, the look of real stone, natural colors, and custom design for much less cost than pavers. And if you have an existing patio or driveway you want to update, you don’t need to demo the existing slab, and installation is quicker and less mess with decorative concrete overlays and the cost savings will delight you. You’ll save time and money year after year due to the low-maintenance requirements for decorative concrete and its rock-solid durability.

Reason three:  Hassle-free installation

Installation of pavers is much more complicated and takes longer than a stamped, resurfaced decorative concrete overlay to an existing patio, driveway, or walkway. If you want to update an existing concrete surface, installing pavers over concrete can increase the height by up to three inches, depending on the pavers installed. A concrete overlay, on the other hand, will not alter the height of your patio or driveway and you’ll still get that desired three-dimensional stone look. Application of a concrete overlay involves cleaning and prepping the slab, applying the overlay, pressing the stamp pattern into the overlay, custom UV-stable concrete stains, and applying a final sealer. A few days will take a weather-worn concrete surface to a new faux stone finish that is resistant to weather, moisture, mold, spills, chipping, cracking, or peeling.

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The science of laying pavers hasn’t changed much and it’s the attention to detail that makes the difference between a questionable base and a great base

Installing pavers is an involved process and if you want to go from a concrete patio or driveway to pavers, it’s recommended to remove the concrete first. Demolition is its own headache, messy and expensive, and then you have to create the proper base for successful paver installation which is time-consuming and costly. Taking shortcuts or missing steps increases the likelihood of pavers shifting and creating an uneven surface.

Reason Four:  Effortless maintenance

Only someone who has never lived with pavers would say they are low maintenance! Pavers of all kinds, including brick, natural stone, and concrete pavers, can readily absorb moisture due to their porous nature. This makes them susceptible to stains, rust, and the growth of mold and moss, especially in shaded areas where the stones may never get completely dry. Some may say this adds character, but it’s actually a breeding ground for bacteria and insects. Specialty chemical products are available to scrub away the mold and power washing is an option but will tend to dislodge and wash away the sand in the joints. This creates another ongoing task, refilling the crevices between the pavers as the sand erodes. Paver stones can shift and sink, creating an uneven surface and requiring repair for an unstable base or broken pavers.

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Which patio would you rather spend time on?

A decorative concrete faux stone finish is one continuous surface with an industry-tough sealer that requires very little upkeep. Driveways, walkways, patios, and pool decks stay clean with regular sweeping to prevent dust and dirt buildup. Nothing sticks to the surface so stains from decomposing vegetation and rust don’t penetrate, and spills can be wiped up with a cloth. Moisture-resistant qualities repel water, mold or bacteria growth, and an occasional washing with a neutral-Ph cleaner and a brush are all you need to keep your concrete like new. The sealed surface also means that no weeds or grass intrude, and the faux stones will never shift or create an uneven surface like real pavers do.

Reason five: No intruding weeds and grass

“Paver ravers” insist that weed and grass growth in the joints is not a big problem but, yes, it can be. Individually placed pavers have joints between the stones and, although filled with a sand mixture, weeds and grass will push through, especially in wet and humid climates. Constant surveillance is required, and either pulling the weeds or applying weed killer in the crevices is part of the ongoing maintenance to keep pavers clear.

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There’s no back-breaking weeding to keep a stamped concrete walkway or patio free of unwanted plant growth

With stamped concrete pavers, the joints are part of the overall design and there is never a problem with grass or weed growth since it’s a continuous, sealed surface. You can spend your time enjoying your outdoor surfaces, not weeding them. You save your back and eliminate the need for weed killers that can be toxic to people and pets.

Stamped concrete—the clear winner

If you love the look of pavers but cost or upkeep has them off your radar, Concrete Craft can help you find your ideal pavers design through the “magic” of decorative concrete! Real stone concrete stamp molds and custom concrete stain colors let you have spaces that are uniquely you.

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Gorgeous pavers brought to you by stamped decorative concrete for years of carefree beauty and enjoyment

Call 888-852-9244 today or go online to www.concretecraft.com to find the Concrete Craft location nearest you and request a free in-home or virtual* consultation. Check out our digital product guides and discover the many ways you can enhance your indoor and outdoor spaces with beautiful decorative concrete finishes.

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