Pavers are considered to be the best option for patio installation when it comes to curb appeal. However, they not only look elegant and beautiful, they are also manufactured to deal with the elements better than one might think. According to national research and testing, pavers test at 10,000 to 11,000 pounds per square inch (psi). This is a drastic contrast when compared to stamped concrete which is rated at 3,500-5,000 psi. This means, pavers installed correctly will be able to withstand higher traffic volumes. In addition, if properly installed by a professional, pavers will not crack. Since stamped concrete is in fact poured concrete, it will crack at some point. Most landscape pros try to avoid this by placing joints every few feet. Pricing varies between the two materials but generally stamped concrete is less expensive than pavers. Pavers can cost anywhere from $15-25/sqft installed in comparison to stamped concrete which costs $12-18/sqft installed. You’ll also have more options when it comes to colors and patterns. Stamped concrete is colored with dye either right before or right after it is poured. This gives customers almost limitless color options. However, there are major quality control issues with dyed concrete. Multiple trucks on a job can produce unwanted variation in the color.
Customers sometimes go with stamped concrete because you can achieve a natural stone or brick look at a less expensive price. However, our recommendation is that, if it’s within your budget, go with the pavers. They are going to last longer and be more aesthetically pleasing. They are more durable and you know what you are going to get. If you would like more information regarding this topic, give Best Choice Landscape, Inc. a call. Any one of our professionals would love to help you with your next project.