Stamped vs Pavers

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Team-Green L&L, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Okay, I've seen one too many stamped concrete threads to just idle by. Let's compare the 2 products and how they fair to each other:

    1. Stamped concrete has a higher profit margin
    2. Pavers have a higher load bearing and better load distribution
    3. All poured concrete WILL crack
    4. Paver repairs are not intrusive.
    5. Concrete must cure (renedering the project useless for a period of time).
    6. Stamped concrete has a "fresher" look to it.
    7. Pavers provide MUCH more traction the stamp.
    8. Paver colors are limited to production choices.
    9. Stamp patterns are limited to production styles.
    10. Stamp has less labor requirements.
    11. Industry-standard pricing concurs between both products.

    Please add to this comparison chart with an open mind and as little prejudice as possible.
     
  2. cleancutccl

    cleancutccl LawnSite Senior Member
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    Pavers if done correctly will last at least 25-30 years. Concrete if done correctly will last possibly 10-12 years.
     
  3. DoubleB

    DoubleB LawnSite Member
    from So.Dak.
    Posts: 60

    Dude, paver's, if done correctly, by achieving at least 98% compaction, the right amount of base ( also, the correct base ), the correct edge restraints, slope...yada, yada... will last a lifetime.
     
  4. pj550v12

    pj550v12 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Point in case, anyone seen some of the roads in Rome lately?? 2000 years later and their interlock shows no signs of weakening.
     
  5. Paver Gangster

    Paver Gangster LawnSite Member
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    Numerous life cycle analysis studies show that segmental pavement has lower discounted life cycle costs than monolithic surfaces.
     
  6. cleancutccl

    cleancutccl LawnSite Senior Member
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    I did say AT LEAST. and yes if done correctly they will last forever.
     
  7. CaliDesigns

    CaliDesigns LawnSite Member
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    If concrete only lasts 10 years, we better evacuate Vegas, cause hoover dam is way past due to burst! We should start building the interstates and runways with pavers also if they last forever. There is a time and place for both products. The key to both products is quality intallation.
     
  8. Paver Gangster

    Paver Gangster LawnSite Member
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    True.

    But much different applications. We are talking about patios and driveways here.
     
  9. mhilton

    mhilton LawnSite Member
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    All of vegas is stamped or stained concrete. they are past the 10 to 12 year mark so i geuss they should start to demo and install the perfect paver as you all like so much. You really should not past judgement on somthing you obviously know nothing about.
     
  10. badassgrass

    badassgrass LawnSite Member
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