Stamped concrete or regular pavers

garde_newbie_2010August 6, 2010

Hi,

i'm wondering if anyone knows which one is more cost effective for a walkway, stamped concrete or regular pavers? for example, stamped concrete that made to look like red bricks vs real red bricks themselves? thanks.

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lehua49

Garde,

Are you interested in cost or aesthetics? Pavers don't crack and can be salvaged if you change your mind. JMHO Aloha

    Bookmark   August 9, 2010 at 8:12PM
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ideasshare(z6)

real red bricks is soft too,stamped concrete is better.maybe your designer design different style garden pics for your selecting.

Here is a link that might be useful: if need different style design garden pics

    Bookmark   August 9, 2010 at 8:22PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

I've read about a lot of people who went with stamped concrete and then were unhappy with the look of their patio or walk. So it might be a good idea to look at a few completed projects similar to what you have in mind before you fall in love with the price (and no, I have no idea which costs less).

You might also try a Search on this forum for "stamped concrete."

    Bookmark   August 9, 2010 at 8:49PM
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paws4pets

I think stamped would be cheaper BUT make sure you see some of their work. It is not easy to make look good, takes experience. I have seen some beautiful work and also some crap. Brick/paver will give you more variety to choose from.
Paws

    Bookmark   August 9, 2010 at 11:53PM
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laag(z6CapeCod)

Lehua13 brought up a great point. Although stamped concrete ran about 10-20% cheaper last time I checked (compared to standard pavers), there are a few negatives not the least of which is that it is permanent and when it breaks it is broken. The biggest complaint I hear is from people who find that it is often very slippery.

There are now so many people with some training who are laying pavers that the cost of installation and availability of qualified installers makes it much easier option than years ago.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 7:25AM
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