The entrance to a person’s home and the area around it can leave a strong impression on the guests that enter your house or the neighbors that drive by. Paver patios and concrete decks can particularly help improve the looks of this area and help it stand apart.
So, whether you’re thinking of updating your garden or redesigning how your driveway looks, landscaping services from Service Doctor can help you achieve the dream aesthetics. Even though deciding paver patios and concrete decks can seem simple, the decision can get increasingly complex when you try to pick one option.
Here’s what we mean.
Difference in Looks
Pavers usually have more patterns, colors, textures and shapes. As a result, they usually look more appealing when you compare them to concrete slabs. That said, there are several techniques people use to transform the way a slab of concrete can look.
Moreover, stamped-out concrete is specifically designed to look like a paving stone. So in this case, your personal design preferences and budget will decide if you want a genuine paver or a slab that just looks like one.
Even if budget is an issue, don’t assume that one of these items will be significantly cheaper than the other. Stamped concrete and paving stones don’t have huge difference in prices, so make sure you get an estimate of their cost before you decide to pick one.
One major problem with concrete slabs is that they are heavily affected by shifts in temperature and ground movement. Both of these instances can make a concrete slab crack quite easily. If a concrete slab moves a lot, it may not stay on ground level and cause drainage problems.
Pavers, on the other hand, are built to withstand temperature variations and ground movements. Additionally, the joints between pavers can help improve water drainage. Several manufacturers can offer lifetime guarantees with their products. This means, even if your patio gets a crack, you can get a free replacement.
When you talk about value, paving stones are generally the only hardscape product that can add value as soon as they are installed. If you get them installed from an experienced landscaping company like Service Doctor, you can have a healthy return on your investment (ROI).
The ROI generally depends on factors like the holding period, value of the property, etc. In concrete slabs, however, the ROI can be lower since most homeowners use them as paving material.
Usually, concrete is easy to maintain but can crack with time. If this happens, you’ll have to replace the concrete slab entirely. Stamped concrete, on the other hand, can be easy to maintain since it can be washed with dish soap.
Pavers are easy to clean too but not as easy as a single slab of concrete. One major concern with a paver patio is the problem of weeds that can grow between the cracks.
Did you make up your mind? If you have, you’re going to need the services of a quality landscaping company to handle the installation process, and Service Doctor has got you covered! Call us today on 219 942 0833, or click here to see our work!