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pavers vursus stamping

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Residential Recreation, Mar 27, 2005.

  1. Residential Recreation

    Residential Recreation LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    i started this thread to debate the pros and cons of pavers and stamping.
    lets see how we duke this one out :realmad: :angry: :dizzy: :cry:
  2. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    Others may disagree, but the facts are the facts. Any poured in place concrete product WILL crack. I don't care what type of base prep you have, it will, at some point crack. Stamped concrete, IMO, is ugly and very unnatural looking. (especially when you have the expansion joints in there) The beauty of pavers is they expand and contract as individual units, not as a whole like concrete. Pavers will hold up to salt and the elements better and the pattern and color choices are greater with pavers. You don't see any of the sea ports going to poured concrete now do you. Pavers are just more versatile and way more appealing to the eye. IMO.

  3. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    I gotta agree with Chris on this one.

    Unless their was a big cost savings with the concrete and then only in an area that was not subject to a freeze/thaw cycle, I would always go with pavers as a first choice.

    Like Chris said, great color, texture and pattern choices, as well as the limitless design options you can add on your own with circle kits, soldier courses, sailor courses, etc.
  4. Residential Recreation

    Residential Recreation LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    i agree with both of you but lets hear from some of the stampers
  5. The Good Earth

    The Good Earth LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    I know that stamping is real big down in the south because of the lack of freeze and thaw. While it is just the opposite of that here in the great white north. I have a customer that I did some seeding for and am installing a water feature this spring. Their builder put in a stamped concrete patio in the rear of the house. If it was me i would have ripped up the check and told the builder to redo it. Man, it looks bad. I am going up there probably wednesday. I'll take a polaroid of it. Y'all will bust your rear ends laughing.
  6. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    For the guys that do stamped concrete, how long do you warranty the work?
  7. Residential Recreation

    Residential Recreation LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    stampers have no argument yet come on where are you guys
  8. DJD

    DJD LawnSite Member
    from NEPA
    Messages: 14

    They is no input, I have said it in another thread already. If you can install pavers, more power to you. But in my area, you can't sell what the people don't want, bottom line.

    I do however got a question for the guys that install pavers. How much work do you actually get with pavers???? 5,,, mabe 7 jobs a year.
    I did pavers for 10 years and stilll do, but when I stamp 30-50 yards a concrete a week for 5 months,,,, the past 3 years. I will leave the pavers to you guys.


    Go look and then tell me about color combinations and patterns with pavers that concrete doesn't have. I didn't want to make the change 3 years ago, but it was the best financial move my company has ever made.

    IMO,,,,, Give the people what they want :)
  9. Residential Recreation

    Residential Recreation LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    pavin jobs about 50 decks 70 playstructures 25 fences 30 ponds 15 jobs arbors and gazebos 25 jobs incorperating 2-3 things 20 jobs incorperating 4-5 things 5
  10. Residential Recreation

    Residential Recreation LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    just bull chittin if i did that much work in the warm season i would have no time for my family

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