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How to Decide If Stamped Concrete or Paver Bricks Are Best for You

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It’s not every day that you go shopping for a driveway, patio or walkway. You’ve seen stamped concrete and paver bricks. You have no idea how to choose between them. The one fact you do know is that you will live with the choice for a long time.
Start with what you know. There are boring natural-color grooved pavement slabs everywhere. You’ve seen decorative paver bricks on walkways, patios and driveways. Sometimes you see them on city streets.

You are looking for a surface that is beautiful, durable and affordable. This comparison will help you choose between stamped concrete surfaces and paver bricks.

Your New Surface Must Be Beautiful and Stay That Way

When you are out, take a close look at all the paver and natural stone surfaces you encounter. You may get a surprise. You will discover that many of those are stamped pavement rather than separate, assembled bricks. Pavers no longer corner the market on beauty.

Paver bricks come in a wide variety of patterns and colors. You can create any design you wish with the available shapes and colors. Stamped surfaces can create the same color and pattern effects as paver bricks. Also, they can imitate the randomness of shape and color that one gets from natural stone. Cobblestone and flagstone patterns are two common choices.

The durability of the Appearance is What Counts Most

How your surface looks depends on its installation and subsequent care. Broken or missing sections, puddles, uneven surfaces and weeds detract from its beauty.
Paver bricks are very durable, though a lot of that depends on site preparation. Weeds between the pavers detract from the look unless you think it adds character.
Stamped surfaces are also durable but can crack in time. However, control joints can invite a section to fracture someplace out of sight.

Nothing Else Matters If It Is Not Affordable

Whenever making a large purchase, the final decision often hinges on the cost. If you get bids for paver bricks and stamped concrete surfaces, expect the cost difference to be significant. Several factors contribute to these. Paver brick installation is labor-intensive.

Proper site preparation starts with excavation and a concrete border. Next come layers of fabric, Class II Road Base and sand. Finally, workers install the paver bricks on the sand.
Stamped surfaces require somewhat less labor, excavation and bed preparation. Most of the effort comes from stamping and giving it the expected look.

It’s Time to Have the Pavement You Always Wanted

All County Construction is ready to help. We can exceed all your residential and commercial pavement requirements. Contact us today for a free estimate using our online contact form.

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Stamped Concrete Brightens Any Home’s Exterior

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If you have ever wanted to redo your patio or any other outdoor area with brick, stone, or tile, you may want to consider using stamped concrete instead.

Although the previously mentioned materials can be beautiful and eye-catching, they can be expensive as well. Textured, or stamped concrete as it is also known, can be used to give the same gorgeous and professional appearance at a much lower price.

You will have the option of selecting from a wide variety of hues and shades, which can be adjusted to create the color of your choosing. Read More

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.