​Stamped Concrete Vs. Stone Patio

From the interior to the exterior of your home or business, every aspect is an investment. One thing that adds beauty and serves a practical purpose for a home or business are the driveways, pathways, and patios. The look of these outdoor space is enough to enhance the overall feel and architecture of a building.
When it comes to the design of the patio or pathways, there are many options available. However, in this case, we will be looking at concrete stamping and stone patio. These two options offer a lot regarding aesthetics and also have their pros and cons.
If you are confused about which way to go when faced with these two options then maybe our brief on what they offer can help you.

Stamped concrete is a slab of concrete with an embossed and textured surface. In other words, it is an upgrade of the typical boring, and grayish looking cement which most buildings often look like before a dash of paint is added. With concrete stamping, you get a variety of colors with different etchings and patterns.
The process of stamping concrete involves the contractor pouring and smoothing the slab, pressing or embossing a pattern into the surface of the concrete while it is still wet. The contractor can either choose to put in colors for the pavement while he is making the mix or spray it on the surface after the stamping process.

Pros

  • Easily affordable.
  • Concrete stamping easily imitates natural stone and segmented paving.
  • Offers more regarding design and colors.
  • Quick installation.
  • Versatility in the ways it can be arranged.
  • Less labor intensive.
  • Low maintenance as it needs to be sealed at least once a year.

Cons

  • The concrete needs to be sealed after stamping for it to be walked on.
  • Stamped concrete is not skid resistant and can be slippery during rainy periods.
  • Durability is also a significant issue.

Stone Patio

As the name indicates, a stone patio is basically the use of stone pavers to beautify or serve as the finish for a patio. There are different types of stone materials that could complement the look of your outdoor area. We have limestone, travertine, and flagstone among others. 
The process of installing stone patios is relatively easy as most times they can be easily bought at home stores and ready to install. Their interlocking patterns makes them more flexible during the installation process. After the installation process, they are ready to use.

Pros

  • There are different varieties of stone, and they come in different styles and designs.
  • Their non-slippery nature makes them a good choice, especially in wet places.
  • Maintenance is quite easy as repairs can easily be made. You can lift up the stone, carry out the repair and lay it back down.
  • Installation is easy.
  • Not susceptible to cracks.

Cons

  • Expensive when compared to the affordable stamped concrete.
  • Spaces are likely to form between the stone after a period.
  • Installation is time-consuming.
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