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Why Stamped Concrete Is More Economical Than Paver Blocks

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If you’re having a walkway, driveway, patio, or other area paved, then you’ll want to consider all of your options carefully. Two of the most common materials are stamped concrete and paver blocks, each of which has their own pros and cons.

What’s the difference between the two? Pavers are interlocking blocks, bricks, or stones, which are laid down individually over a large area, while stamped concrete is poured out in a single slab which then has a design stamped into it. While both paving materials have advantages and disadvantages, stamped concrete is the most cost-effective of the two options. Learn why stamped concrete is more economical than paver blocks. 

  1. Lower Initial Cost

Generally speaking, stamped or textured concrete has a lower initial cost than pavers; you can expect to pay anywhere between $8 and $18 per square foot depending on the complexity of the job. Brick pavers, on the other hand, can cost between $12 and $22 per square foot, while natural stone pavers can cost as much as $10 to $30, depending on the type of stone.

Additionally, stamped concrete costs less to install than pavers, since it’s less labor-intensive to pour a slab than it is to lay hundreds of individual blocks. Once installation expenses and material prices are factored in, the upfront cost of stamped concrete is about 10% to 15% less than that of pavers.

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  1. Longevity

As a general rule, pavers last longer than concrete, although there are steps that can be taken to make concrete last longer. Most stamped concrete has had special sealants applied that protect it from weather damage. Additionally, carefully placed saw cut control joints can prevent the concrete from cracking due to thermal expansion and contraction, while the right texture or pattern can help conceal minor imperfections. Generally, stamped concrete can last up to 25 years, while pavers have a lifespan of about 30 years. Depending on the project, this gap may be offset by the lower initial cost of concrete.

 

  1. Aesthetics

Property owners often take the aesthetics of a certain material into account when considering whether it’s worth the cost. Concrete pavers can imitate a wide variety of stone types, from slate flagstones to limestone cobbles. However, there are some cases where it comes down to a matter of personal taste. Stamped concrete might not be able to provide exactly the same feel as real brick, while certain geometric patterns or modern designs are not possible with traditional pavers.

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Here at All County Construction, we have the expertise and experience needed to make your dream project a reality. Contact us today to receive a free stamped concrete estimate.

Considerations for Concrete Projects and Stamped Concrete

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All County Construction provides concrete services for the tri-county area, including Ontario, Williamson, Webster, and Marion. We accept a wide range of projects such as sidewalks, catch basins/gutters, retaining walls, and patios. Including various textures and colors, we provide three different stamped concrete patterns: London Cobble, Grand Ashlar Slate, and Random Flagstone.

Seasonal Considerations for Stamped Concrete

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During the summer, we use a retarder to keep the surface of the concrete soft despite high temperatures. We want to postpone the setting time till after we’ve added the stamped pattern. The softer the concrete, the deeper and more definitely defined the pattern will be.

During the fall, we mix an accelerator into the concrete to speed up the setting time. To prevent the concrete from crumbling, we won’t pour during freezing temperatures, especially below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature reaches high 30s, we’ll use insulated warming blankets to encourage the concrete to set correctly.

Two Types of Concrete

We provide interior mix for indoor concrete projects such as basement floors and garages. Interior mix, which lacks air pockets, has a smooth, dense texture. Exterior mix, which has air pumped through it, is used for outdoor projects like driveways. The air pockets allow water to expand without damaging the concrete construction.

Recycled Concrete

When we accept concrete renovation projects, we first break up the damaged concrete slabs to prepare the site for construction. We then remove the blocks of used concrete so that they can be crushed and recycled for the next project. Recycled concrete works well as the aggregate for replacing virgin aggregate. We try to get as much use out of the concrete as economically possible.
We’ve had years of experience in concrete services. If you have any questions, call All County-Construction at (315) 589-8661!

Stamped Concrete Rochester NY: Know Your Stamped Concrete Surface

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Stamped Concrete Rochester NY

Stay informed about all aspects of your stamped concrete, especially if you live in Rochester, NY.

Live in Rochester, NY? Winter is headed our way and we know the brutal freezing-melting season will wreck havoc on most stamped concrete surfaces. So what should you keep in mind to prepare for the coming season?

Stamped concrete gives you a plethora of options, such as stone patterns, colors, textures, and depth. Many residential and commercial property owners appreciate its aesthetic appeal. We at All Country Construction want to keep you informed about stamped concrete so you’ll know how best to maintain your surface.

1. Stamped Concrete vs. Paver Bricks

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Paver Bricks

Stamped concrete and paver bricks have the same price, so you can choose which look you like better. Our concrete stamps, made from polyurethane, can make your poured concrete look like bricks, cobblestones, or flagstones. We can provide other textures upon request for an additional charge.

2. Resealed

Stamped concrete needs to be resealed every 2-5 years, depending on the traffic. However, unlike paver bricks, you won’t have moss or grass growing between each rock, since it’s composed completely of a single layer of concrete. In addition, your patio won’t sink or develop uneven dips and slants.

3. Non-Stackable

Stamped concrete is permanent, but it’s not stackable. If you try to layer concrete, the top layer will mimic every crack and flaw that the bottom layer has.

All County Construction believes in simple beauty. We’re excited to start your stamped concrete patio and make it look exactly the way you want. We love aesthetics just as much as you do, and our workmanship demonstrates just that.