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    Stamped Concrete vs Patio Blocks

    I'm looking at ripping the small wooden landing off the back of my house and just putting a patio there instead of the small deck. Does anyone have any experience with the new fangled stamped concrete? Is it more expensive than patio block? Any pros... cons... Thanks guys!



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    Re: Stamped Concrete vs Patio Blocks

    There is a recent thread on this with information ... To lazy to link.



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    Re: Stamped Concrete vs Patio Blocks

    Dont know anything about the stamped concrete, but blocks are extremely easy


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    Re: Stamped Concrete vs Patio Blocks

    i put blocks in my front yard because it's easier to remove and.or change if you want and you can add more easily if you want. stamped concrete is great for driveways that you aren't expanding


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    Re: Stamped Concrete vs Patio Blocks

    I would think the stamped concrete would be cheaper, since it's a faster process (i.e., less labor). I'm personally not a fan of it. They tend not to wear as nicely as stone or concrete pavers.



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    Re: Stamped Concrete vs Patio Blocks

    Quote Originally Posted by IAmNotTheMayor View Post
    I would think the stamped concrete would be cheaper, since it's a faster process (i.e., less labor). I'm personally not a fan of it. They tend not to wear as nicely as stone or concrete pavers.
    a huge factor is if the entire area is dyed or just the top of the pavement. we did a project at work and to save money just the top was dyed. then some chipped off and below was a different color and it looked terrible until it was fixed. If the entire area is dyed it wouldn't be as bad since if it chips you cant see the color differences. but still, blocks looks nicer IMO.


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    Re: Stamped Concrete vs Patio Blocks

    Concrete will crack over time. Blocks will move and shift over time. Any questions?

    Just kidding. I think concrete will be more expensive but will probably look nicer longer. On the flip side you can do some really cool designs with blocks. Just go through the upscale nurseries/ landscape places to look for ideas.



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    Re: Stamped Concrete vs Patio Blocks

    Quote Originally Posted by intrepid27 View Post
    Concrete will crack over time. Blocks will move and shift over time. Any questions?

    Just kidding. I think concrete will be more expensive but will probably look nicer longer. On the flip side you can do some really cool designs with blocks. Just go through the upscale nurseries/ landscape places to look for ideas.
    Actually it's the exact opposite. Pavers and or blocks are more expensive but will look nicer for much longer. My dad still has his patio he did with original Des Moines street pavers that were torn up and salvaged. He put this in about 35 years ago and it still looks beautiful today. Granted there is maintenance here and there with frost heave, etc. hi nothing more than a couple of hours a year, if even that.

    in that time he's repaved the driveway twice.



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    Re: Stamped Concrete vs Patio Blocks

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan94 View Post
    Actually it's the exact opposite. Pavers and or blocks are more expensive but will look nicer for much longer. My dad still has his patio he did with original Des Moines street pavers that were torn up and salvaged. He put this in about 35 years ago and it still looks beautiful today. Granted there is maintenance here and there with frost heave, etc. hi nothing more than a couple of hours a year, if even that.

    in that time he's repaved the driveway twice.
    I always wonder how snow removal would be with pavers? Obviously more of a "driveway" issue



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    Re: Stamped Concrete vs Patio Blocks

    Quote Originally Posted by NickTheGreat View Post
    I always wonder how snow removal would be with pavers? Obviously more of a "driveway" issue
    My parents house in Ames had their driveway redone with pavers. About 120 feet long. It's been 15 years or so and it still looks fine. The only issue is killing the few weeds that have worked their way in between. No shifting or heaving.



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    Re: Stamped Concrete vs Patio Blocks

    Stamped concrete is generally less expensive but the high end stuff can approach the price of pavers.



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    Re: Stamped Concrete vs Patio Blocks

    I am having a stamped patio poured in May. Stamped is definitely cheaper than pavers. Placing pavers takes a lot more prep work. I prefer the looked of the stamped concrete, but thats my opinion. This would will be my 2nd stamped patio. We loved our first. If you seal it every year it should look new every year. You definitely want the color mixed into the concrete and not just stained. I've seen prices from $12 sq ft to $16 or so. The company we went with was $15 sq ft. They are also building a sitting wall and fire pit right into the patio.



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    Re: Stamped Concrete vs Patio Blocks

    Quote Originally Posted by cyflier View Post
    I am having a stamped patio poured in May. Stamped is definitely cheaper than pavers. Placing pavers takes a lot more prep work. I prefer the looked of the stamped concrete, but thats my opinion. This would will be my 2nd stamped patio. We loved our first. If you seal it every year it should look new every year. You definitely want the color mixed into the concrete and not just stained. I've seen prices from $12 sq ft to $16 or so. The company we went with was $15 sq ft. They are also building a sitting wall and fire pit right into the patio.
    Are you in central IA? If so, can you tell us the company? I'm looking at doing stamped concrete for my back patio as well.



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    Re: Stamped Concrete vs Patio Blocks

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    Are you in central IA? If so, can you tell us the company? I'm looking at doing stamped concrete for my back patio as well.
    Im in Ankeny. I just sent you a PM.



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    Re: Stamped Concrete vs Patio Blocks

    I've had both a really prefer the stamped/colored concrete. The blocks have a tendency to settle unevenly sometimes, and the paver sand gets tracked inside as well as allows weeds to grow between. The stamped concrete has been great, but we do put a sealant over it appx every 2nd or 3rd year which brings out the color and texture.


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