STRENGTH COMPARISON Poured concrete is typically around 3,000-4,000 PSI on average, while pavers have 8,000 PSI or more. Cobblestones are significantly stronger than stamped concrete and more resistant to the effects of freeze-thaw cycles. Stamped concrete does not require much maintenance unless misused. Poured concrete is not as strong and can crack and wear out under constant heavy weight.
It may not be the best option for patio areas with large pieces of heavy furniture or driveways. Like conventional concrete, stamped surfaces will last for decades if properly installed and maintained, even when exposed to harsh winter weather conditions. In some cases, patterned concrete can be even more durable than standard concrete, especially if a color hardener was used when it was poured. Most contractors also apply a sealant to stamped concrete to protect it from wear and abrasion and make it easier to maintain.
In terms of durability, this is where pavers and slabs stand out. Precast pavers and slabs manufactured by Teco-Bloc are almost three times stronger than poured concrete, with a minimum compressive strength of 8,000 psi and a maximum water absorption of 5%. “It's important to be careful when installing stamped concrete because it cracks and scratches easily under a heavy load,” says PC Concreting Canberra. Stamped concrete is a poor option for a driveway and any area where cars are driven or parked.
On a path, walkway, or patio, stamped concrete is less likely to crack under pressure; however, it is still susceptible to cracking in weather and weather. Concrete can be poured, come in prefabricated slabs or prefabricated blocks that imitate cobblestones. There are also a few different finishing options. The most common are smooth, smooth or lightly textured concrete or stamped concrete.
Stamped concrete is the same as poured concrete, but has a stamped or textured finish that provides traction and a more pleasing aesthetic. It can be stamped to look like wood or stone or have a pattern stamped on it. Cobblestones are multi-colored concrete pieces, which interlock to form a durable surface for hallways, driveways, and patios. On the other hand, stamped concrete is poured as a solid surface and then stamped or textured to resemble brick, slab, slate, stone, tile, or even wood.
When properly installed, decorative stamped concrete offers the same strength and durability as conventional concrete and requires very little maintenance. It's also very versatile, with a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures to choose from, allowing you to create patterned concrete that blends in with the local environment or any design you want. When using stamped concrete for indoor or outdoor floors, you get a smoother and more even surface than can be achieved with bricks, tiles, or wood. You can install stamped concrete all year round in most regions and, when properly sealed, will withstand the most extreme weather conditions.
With enough reinforcement, it works well even under heavy and light vehicle traffic. This makes it a popular choice for garden design, but the look of simple poured concrete is not always preferred by homeowners. The only exception to this is the installation of poured concrete on a steep slope, as it can be difficult to get it right because concrete is a viscous and liquid mixture that wants to run downhill if given the chance. Due to its distinctive textures and variations, stamped concrete offers more ornate design possibilities that give it a “wow factor”.
The installation and labor costs of poured and stamped concrete are also quite low compared to other options. The most popular types of stamped concrete are natural stone patterns, such as slate, slab, and field stone. Stamped concrete is a growing popular option due to the fact that it can be manufactured to imitate high-end materials, such as brick and stone pavers, at a fraction of the cost of those products. From granite to marble, and even weathered wood, there is a concrete finish available to match the desired look of your project.
The disadvantage of stamped concrete is that the final product must be cut with control joints to help control future cracking. Stamped concrete can be designed for a smoother, more uniform pattern, which is good for disabled access. Installing pavers is much more complicated and takes longer than a patterned and clad decorative concrete layer on an existing patio, driveway or walkway. The resale value of pavers is higher than that of concrete due to the improved appearance and longevity of the pavers.
Just a few days it will take a weathered concrete surface to a new synthetic stone finish that is resistant to extreme weather conditions, moisture, mold and bacteria growth, spills of all kinds, chipping, cracking or flaking. Although less expensive than other surface options, stamped concrete can end up costing you more in the long run if unsightly cracks bother you. . .