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.
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.
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.
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.
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.