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Stamped concrete is a versatile, durable, low maintenance alternative to materials such as asphalt, natural stone, or precast pavers that are used for pool decks, patios, walkways, and driveways. When considering the cost together with the durability of paving materials, patterned concrete offers high value. Click here to read more about the benefits of stamped concrete and continue reading!

Concrete offers more value for money spent then other paving materials. While asphalt is an inexpensive material that can be installed more quickly than concrete, asphalt is far less durable. Natural stone and pavers, which must be laid individually with sand placed between, take much longer to install than concrete. In fact, it would take 10 to 12 days to install a 2,000 square foot driveway using stone or pavers. It would take only five days to install a concrete driveway of the same size. It is more economical for an installer to pour concrete, colour it, and stamp a design than it is to place stones or pavers by hand. Further, neither pavers nor natural stones are as durable as concrete.

Another concern with both natural stone or pavers, which relates to maintenance, is that both stone and pavers can become loose or settle, producing an uneven surface that can be a tripping hazard. Before concrete is installed, the area where it will be poured must be sub-graded to be sure that it is level and compacted. The compacting prevents drainage that could erode the soil underneath the concrete. Thus, unlike stones or pavers, stamped concrete never needs to be resettled or replaced after becoming loose.

Concrete needs resealing only every two to three years. If the same contractor installs all your projects, that company will know the best sealer to use for the type of concrete and traffic in each paved area. The contractor may also offer a maintenance plan, saving you the work. Asphalt, on the other hand must be sealed annually to protect it from water that could seep in, freeze in winter, and cause the asphalt to crack and crumble. As for stones and pavers, even with the sand placed between them, grass and weeds will still grow. To maintain the appearance of the paved areas, these intruders must be removed throughout the spring, summer, and autumn -- a time-consuming, long-term battle.

Patterned concrete is unmatched by any other material when it comes to customization and versatility. Concrete can be shaped, coloured and textured to duplicate a wide range of materials from natural stone, including flagstone or cobblestone, to brick. A variety of products can be used to colour concrete to achieve a variety of looks from antique to subtle, mottled or more vivid to harmonize with the architectural style of the home. In addition to textures that realistically mimic stone, brick, and other materials, concrete can also be stamped with company logos, family crests, personal monograms, names and dates, or designs taken from details found around the home's architecture or furnishings.

Concrete's low maintenance saves money over time. It's versatility in achieving custom looks enhances the curb value of any home style, increasing resale value. Installing patterned concrete provides high value for the investment. If you are considering re-paving your driveway, patio or pool deck, stamped concrete is the way to go! Visit EliteConcrete.Ca to learn more!


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