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When it comes to Stamped Concrete vs. Brick Pavers there isn't really a right or wrong choice. Both can be a beautiful and lasting addition to your home or business as long as installation is done correctly. There are pros and cons to each which should be examined before making a choice.
Stamped Concrete - Pros
Generally stamped concrete is less expensive compared to pavers. Stamped concrete requires less maintenance. Nothing more than a coat of clear sealer every few years is all that is needed. Because stamped concrete is one continuous slab that should be rebarred together there's no worry about tripping hazards that individual pavers can create. Concrete is poured 4" to 5" thick, using a 4500 psi mix with fiber mesh rebar is also placed in a 2' square grid. Watch how a stamped patio is constructed. Weeds do not grow up through concrete. The biggest advantage of stamped concrete is it's versatility. There are many patterns textures and colors that are more readily available. You can also use concrete stains dyes and scoring techniques to further enhance stamped concrete.
Stamped Concrete - Cons
If concrete is to chip it's tough to match the same color as the patio when repairing. If you want to add on to stamped concrete, it's difficult trying to match the existing concrete color.
Brick Pavers - Pros
Because pavers are small and individually placed there are never any cracks to worry about. Most repairs can be done easily by simply replacing a few individual pavers or lifting them up and putting more sand underneath. Changing the shape of a brick paver patio can be done with ease anytime down the road.
Brick Pavers - Cons
Brick Pavers costs more than stamped concrete. Settled pavers can cause tripping hazards. Pavers can be a maintenance nightmare trying to keep up with the settling of individual pavers and removing the weeds that grow between them ants are also a real problem because they like to build their homes in the sandy material. Sand will also need to be added to the patio to fill in the spaces between the pavers every so often. Because brick pavers will fade in the sunlight over time, trying to find new pavers to match in color for an add on is nearly impossible.
When deciding to go with stamped concrete or brick pavers it can be a toss up. When installed properly both are excellent products that should last a lifetime.