When it comes to adding a little flair and curb appeal to your backyard, there are several patio options you can choose from, including a paver patio or a concrete patio.
But what is the difference between these two kinds of patios? And which type of patio is best for your home? There are advantages and disadvantages to each style. And understanding these distinctions ensures you know exactly what you’re paying for.
Advantages Of Getting A Paver Patio
Paver patios are made from pre-poured tiles that have a look similar to stamped concrete. However, because paver patios include pre-poured tiles, homeowners have more flexibility and control over the design, style, and look.
Other advantages of paver patios include the following:
- Durable to temperature and humidity changes
- Paver joints prevent water drainage issues
- You can walk on the surface immediately after installation
- Non-slip and non-skid surface
- Repairing individual pavers doesn’t cost a lot and is an easy DIY project
Moreover, paver patios are available in several styles, including concrete, stone, and brick.
Disadvantages Of A Paver Patio
Naturally, there are some disadvantages that come with a paver patio. Understanding this material’s downsides is essential, so you make an informed decision regarding your next patio project.
Some of the cons of getting paver patios installed include the following:
- The installation costs more per square foot than other materials (average costs are $50 per square foot)
- The installation is complex and labor-intensive
Why Are Installation Costs Higher For Paver Patios?
Paver patios cost more to install because workers have to use several tools to install the material. Additionally, there are more layers that need to be laid with paver patios.
These factors lead to a longer installation time and more required materials, increasing the cost per square foot.
Advantages Of Getting A Concrete Patio
Concrete patios offer a lot of benefits that homeowners enjoy. At Johnson Concrete, we’re the experts in installing stamped concrete patios. Stamped concrete patios have a high-end look without the luxury price tag.
That said, some of the advantages of getting a stamped concrete patio installed include the following:
- It’s more affordable than natural stone, brick, or pavers (costs range between $15 and $25 per square foot)
- Styles are customizable
- The material is durable
- The surface is easy to maintain
- Stamped concrete adds curb appeal and value to your home
Disadvantages Of Concrete Patios
As great as stamped concrete patios are, there are some downsides to this type of patio. For instance, some of the cons that come with stamped concrete patios include the following:
- The surface can crack in cold temperatures or if it’s holding a lot of weight
- Ice salts and freeze cycles can damage the surface
- Repairing stamped concrete can be difficult and aren’t DIY-friendly
How Can I Take Care Of My Stamped Concrete Patio?
As you observed, stamped concrete patios can get damaged by intense weather, particularly cold temperatures. Therefore you might be asking, “Is there a way I can protect my stamped concrete patio?”
Fortunately, maintaining and protecting your stamped concrete patio is incredibly easy. That said, ensuring you seal your stamped concrete patio every two to three years is the best way to protect the surface. A sealant will protect your stamped concrete from excess drainage and stains.
Other things you can do to protect your stamped concrete patio include:
- Regularly sweeping the surface, keeping it free of grass, leaves, and other debris
- Periodically rinsing the surface, keeping it free of dirt
Getting A Quote For A New Patio
Regardless of which type of patio you want to be installed, ensuring a team of experienced professionals gets the job done right the first time is vital. When patio installers don’t complete a job correctly, your patio is prone to early cracking, water damage, and shifting unevenly.
So, whether you desire a stamped concrete or paver patio, make sure you contact Johnson Concrete to complete the job; a high customer satisfaction rate backs our experienced team, so you can feel confident we’ll deliver!