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Comparing Stamped Concrete to Other Paving Materials

The value of stamped concrete becomes obvious in its performance, longevity and aesthetics when compared to other materials used to cover outdoor surfaces. No other material can maximize its value when comparing cost and design versatility. Here, we compare stamped concrete with other common alternatives for surfaces.

  Asphalt Natural Stone Precast Pavers Stamped Concrete
Design Versatility:
Countless color combinations, hundreds of patterns
No No Yes Unlimited
Ability to Customize:
Imprint logos, crests, monograms, or other personalization
No No No Yes
Longevity and Performance:
Ability to withstand harsh winter weather, offers decades of service with minimal maintenance
Poor Good Good Excellent
Speed of Installation:
It takes 5 days to install a 2,000-square-foot stamped concrete driveway vs. 10-12 days for natural stone or pavers*
Fast Slow Slow Moderate
All paving materials require removal of dirt and stains
Annual seal coating Removal of weeds and moss in joints with sand required Removal of weeds and moss in joints with sand required Resealing every few years to protect from stains and maintain color
Average Cost Per Square Foot
Depends on complexity of job (see cost)
$2 - $2.50 $25 and up $4 - $20 $8 - $20

*Source: Bob Harris' Guide to Stamped Concrete