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Stamped Concrete Vs. Pavers

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Every aspect of your home is an investment, especially your exterior surroundings. Driveways, patios, and walkways all provide pathways that accent and enhance the overall personal and architectural style of your home. With that in mind, it is important for these outdoor features to contribute value in several ways, including aesthetics, longevity, and ease of maintenance. When starting such a project there are numerous options for you to choose from that are both attractive and affordable, and oftentimes this can be overwhelming. Here we will help narrow down the possibilities by focusing on two of the most popular materials: stamped concrete and pavers.

Stamped concrete is an increasingly sought- after medium as it has the exclusive ability to mimic more high end materials while providing you with significant savings. With all the available combinations of textures, patterns, and colors stamped concrete can emulate the look of more expensive marble, slate, flagstone, brick, and even weathered lumber. This means that no matter the style you are searching for stamped concrete will certainly provide you with a pleasing surface that adds to the value of your property.
Additionally, concrete is impressively durable and comparatively easy to install. It is far less labor- intensive, and after mixing, pouring, and stamping you are left with a decorative feature that will surely increase your curb appeal. Moreover, concrete requires little to no maintenance after installation. This makes it an economical and environmentally- friendly way to up the “wow” factor of your home. Due to this customability, resiliency, and affordability stamped concrete is an exceptional option overall.

Similarly, pavers are often praised for their wide variety of finishes, colors, and shapes, though they also offer a more natural beauty. Pavers can be made from stones and minerals, or they can be manufactured from concrete or clay. They provide an abundant amount of design flexibility, as they can be laid in whichever pattern or style best suits your needs. Lighter colored pavers offer a cooler surface around patios and pool decks, while earth toned pavers easily harmonize with any landscape. The allure of pavers comes from this adaptability.

Besides their visual appeal, pavers offer a high level of functionality. One of the greatest benefits to choosing pavers is that they can be used immediately after installation. More than that, since pavers are installed as individual interlocking units with sand swept joints between them, pavers allow for drainage from rain and snow, and further provide a forgiving surface for expansion and contraction. This makes pavers an ideal, long- lasting material to use in locations that experience extreme climate changes like we have here in Minnesota.

Beautifying your outdoor space in an affordable and attractive way requires careful deliberation. When the time comes to pick a finished surface for your driveway, patio, or walkway, you will want a product that looks good and provides you with the greatest possible value. Stamped concrete and pavers are two such options that continue to be favored by homeowners precisely because of their aesthetics and reliability. Here at Custom Construction Services we specialize in providing custom concrete and hardscape designs using both stamped concrete and pavers. If you have a project like this in mind, please give us a call or fill out the estimate request page on our website, we would be happy to hear your ideas!