Stamped concrete and pavers are two of the most common hardscaping materials. While there are loads of other options hardscapes, such as bluestone and marble, stamped concrete and pavers are a good starting point for figuring out what you really want.
In the short, run stamped concrete tends to be the cheaper option when it comes to material cost. While pavers are slightly more expensive to initially install, paver repair is typically cheaper. Further down the road, stamped concrete replacement and repair can cost a pretty penny, at which point may have been worth the initial extra payment.
Both types of materials will incur damage at some point in their lives. Stamped concrete will crack as concrete does, and pavers will loosen, chip, and maybe sink. These things happen. Replacing loose and cracked pavers is quite routine, and can be done with a few simple tools by pretty much anyone. There are larger paver repair scenarios, such as sinking pavers, that will require professional labor and professional equipment. For all of your hardscape maintenance needs, call Ground Source or visit us at GroundSource.Pro.
Because of the stamped concrete finish, the surface can be very slippery when wet. Certainly more slippery than pavers. This is something you will want to consider if the stamped concrete will be near a pool, or some other water feature. On the flip side, stamped concretes slick finish does make it pretty easy to clean. Pavers, with a more coarse texture, can be a little trickier to clean if not stained properly.
Stamped concrete still needs a few days to set after installation, you will not be able to walk on it right away. Of course, this is a very short run problem. If you believe that the stamped concrete will be more attractive or functional, then it is probably worth the five day wait. Though if you are installing the hardscape in a heavily trafficked area, or functionally integral space, you may want to avoid the wait and go with pavers.
If you are considering a new hardscape, call Ground Source at (407) 378-5366. We will help to address any questions you might have about Orlando hardscapes.