Selecting the right patio materials for around your pool is no easy task. That’s why today we are going to be discussing stamped concrete vs pavers around your pool, along with the pros and cons of each of these popular options.
Stamped Concrete vs Pavers: Pros & Cons of Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete offers a lot of benefits – it’s affordable, durable, and looks really good. Typically, stamped concrete goes for anywhere between $12 to $16 per square foot – of course, it can vary outside of this ballpark range.
Stamped concrete comes in a lot of different patterns which will make it easier to match the style you are going for. Stamped concrete materials mimic the look of natural and various other stone materials such as slate or flagstone. It can even be used to imitate the look of brick pavers.
The process of forming stamped concrete includes:
- Mixing concrete with a color
- Pouring into onto your pool deck
- Adding a powdered release agent on top of the concrete
- A stamping pattern is put down to create the look and pattern associated with stamped concrete. Once the stamp is pulled up, the textured concrete is set in place.
Stamped concrete requires a layer of sealant immediately after it is applied. It will need to be resealed every few years.
- Lots of options for different patterns and styles
- High-end look at an affordable price
- All concrete is prone to develop cracks over time. The addition of control joints will help, but that doesn’t mean it’ll resist all cracks.
Pavers vs Stamped Concrete: Pros and Cons of Pavers
Pavers are another excellent option for a hardscape around your pool. Although, they do tend to cost a little more than stamped concrete. The average cost per square foot ranges between $16 and $24. It all depends on the quality of the material you select. A slightly higher cost comes with some advantages, like the fact pavers are less likely to crack over time as long as they are properly installed.
Plus, it’s easy to repair pavers and create a seamless finish that’ll make it next to impossible to tell that a repair was ever made.
- Not going to crack
- Durable finish
- Reduced risk of slipping on the surface – which is a good thing when you’re working around a pool where slipping is a very common way to injure oneself.
- Super easy to maintain
- Repairs can be made while still maintaining a seamless finish
- Weeds are able to grow through pavers if they are not installed just right
- In addition, if pavers are not properly installed, settling can occur.
Stamped Concrete vs Pavers: What’s the Best Option for You?
Both materials offer a great option for your pool patio. There are advantages to both materials, which is why they are popular options in their own respects.
To figure out which is the best option for your patio, it’s important to take a few things into consideration. For one, how will each style look when incorporated with your existing landscaping? What will match best with your style? It’s not just your landscaping, but the features on your home will influence the ideal style as well.
It’s becoming more common for homeowners to incorporate both materials throughout their landscaping because they look nice mixed together.
Need additional help deciding? We are more than happy to help. We take care of everything from pool installations to patio renovations. That makes us your one-stop shop for an upgraded backyard you’ll be proud to show off this summer. Contact us today to learn more