Stamped Concrete Pros and Cons To Ponder
Tired of dreaming of the perfect driveway and ready to turn your picture-perfect image of a driveway into a reality?
If the time has finally come to get your dream driveway installed then, like many homeowners about to take the plunge and transform their home, you’re probably quite excited! And for good reason…
A new driveway is a phenomenal home improvement; it improves the exterior of a property, it creates a more practical space and then there is the welcome benefit of increasing your home value!
However, before you can get too excited about seeing the final outcome, you need to choose the right driveway for your home. Weighing up the pros and cons of each driveway type is essential if you want to create that ‘wow’ factor with your driveway.
We’re going to be taking a look at a slight out-there driveway option that is often not considered amongst the top driveway options, but still has some nice benefits.
It’s time to explore the stamped concrete pros and cons, so you can either strike it off your dream driveway list or send it to the top…
Concrete is one of the most cost-effective driveway materials and stamped concrete shares the same benefit. The patterns will cost more but the price will still likely be less than if you opted for a brick driveway or similar
The Main Pros of Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete is a unique driveway type that involves imprinting a pattern on a concrete surface. It’s essentially the middle point between cost-effective concrete and expensive block paving. Here are three tempting pros of stamped concrete:
Pro: Less Maintenance
Stamped concrete is a great low maintenance choice, as unlike brick or block paving, the surface is still a single piece of concrete. That means weeds are less likely to grow and you won’t have to deal with individual pavers becoming uneven or getting damaged.
Pro: Multiple Design Options
A brilliant benefit of stamped concrete is the ability to customise it. There are some interesting patterns to choose from and you can even stain the concrete to make it better resemble different materials.
Pro: Cost Effective
Concrete is one of the most cost-effective driveway materials and stamped concrete shares the same benefit. The patterns will cost more but the price will still likely be less than if you opted for a brick driveway or similar.
While stamped concrete may be patterned, at the end of the day, it’s still a solid mass of concrete, which is prone to many problems. Concrete crack repair is often a part of standard concrete maintenance and the material is also prone to erosion, fading and other serious issues
The Main Cons of Stamped Concrete
Sadly, stamped concrete is not without its faults. It’s the ideal option for some homeowners, but certainly not for everyone. So with that in mind, here are three of the main cons of stamped concrete driveways:
Con: Divided Opinion on Aesthetics
Stamped concrete creates a unique look but that unique look has some very divided opinions. The finished product can resemble other materials, but it won’t have the same appearance and can very easily lack character and depth.
Con: Prone to Common Concrete Problems
While stamped concrete may be patterned, at the end of the day, it’s still a solid mass of concrete, which is prone to many problems. Concrete crack repair is often a part of standard concrete maintenance and the material is also prone to erosion, fading and other serious issues.
Con: Difficult to Repair
If a paver on a paved driveway breaks, then it can easily be replaced, but if part of a stamped concrete driveway gets damaged, the repair process isn’t as easy. Colour and pattern matching an existing stamped concrete driveway can be very hard.
The design can be enhanced further with the edging material. As edging isn’t essential, you can really get creative with the kind of material that you choose. You could go for brick or wood, or even something like recyled glass!
Is There a Better Alternative to Stamped Concrete?
If you’re considering stamped concrete for its ability to create a unique finish, then another option that’s worth looking at is a resin bound driveway.
The finish of a resin driveway is almost the complete opposite of that of a stamped concrete driveway, but it does share the same benefits of low maintenance and customisation.
After the layout has been decided, there are two parts to the design process of a resin driveway: the type of stone used and the option of adding an edging material.
The stones that you choose will define the style and aesthetics of your driveway. You can go bold with a stone mixture like ‘Porto Fino’ or go traditional with a mixture like ‘Sweet Pea’. There are options for classic designs, modern ones, and completely bespoke ones!
The design can be enhanced further with the edging material. As edging isn’t essential, you can really get creative with the kind of material that you choose. You could go for brick or wood, or even something like recyled glass.
Exploring the Potential of a Resin Driveway!
Resin bound driveways are strong, crack-proof and capable of reducing water runoff. They can enhance the look of a property and last for many years without losing their appeal.
If you would like to learn more about the pros of resin bound surfacing as a leading driveway material, then get in contact with the driveway experts at Home Logic today by calling 0800 1700 636, or by simply clicking the button below!