Interlock vs. Stamped Concrete: What Material is Best?

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Whether you’re looking to redo your driveway, build a new pool deck or even a patio, it’s important to consider all of your options. Many homeowners end up choosing between stamped concrete or interlock pavers for these types of construction and landscaping projects.

But how do you know which one is right for your project? Here’s your complete guide, compliments of the pros at VIP Paving.

What is stamped concrete?  

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This type of building material is simply concrete poured across the area and is smoothed out before a pattern is stamped into the surface.

This gives the homeowner a lot of choices when it comes to aesthetics and matching your style.

What is an interlocking paver?

If you want a more long-lasting solution, then a modern interlock design for your house using interlocking paving stones is the way to go.

These are individual concrete blocks that come in various shapes and sizes. Once laid down in the desired pattern, sand or very small stones are swept between the joints to ensure everything sticks in place.

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Pros of Stamped Concrete

Stamped Concrete
  • Long-lasting and survives large weights and bad weather conditions. 
  • There are so many designs and patterns to choose from that can match the design of any home
  • Power washers and special degreasers make cleaning concrete a total breeze.

Cons of Stamped Concrete

  • The seal used to preserve stamped concrete is not recommended to use on stairs or pool decks because it can become slippery when wet. 
  • Stamped concrete costs more money than regular concrete.
  • Any poured or stamped concrete can crack or move due to fluctuating temperature changes 
  • Need to do sealing every year. 
  • Repairing concrete costs a lot of money, especially if it’s experiencing major cracks.
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Pros of Interlocking Pavers

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  • Quick and simple to install. 
  • Increased curb appeal with elegant looks available for many different types of houses 
  • Suitable for nearly every surface around the home. 
  • Interlock pavers are available in a multitude of colours, textures and shapes. 
  • Stones hold up to extreme weather changes and heavy traffic from people and vehicles. 
  • For maintenance, a simple power washing is all it takes to make the stones look brand new again. 
  • Ensures that rain and melting snow can drain into the ground. 
  • Stone between the bricks prevents weed growth
  • No-slip surface when wet, so it’s great for pool decks.

Cons of Interlocking Pavers

  • Can be quite expensive. 
  • You need to add additional sand at the joints of the stones every couple of years. 
  • If your stones aren’t professionally installed, they could shift over time.
Interlocking Pavers

What Material Works Best for My Project

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Interlock pavers are best for: 

  • Outdoor fireplaces
  • Kitchens
  • Porches and steps
  • Pool Decks

Stamped Concrete is best for: 

  • Porches and patios
  • Driveways
  • Walkways

Contact the Pros

No matter what building material you choose, make sure you hire professionals, like the ones at VIP Paving for all of your paving needs. Contact us today to book your free consultation and let’s work together to design your dream paving project.