It's snowing like a B%&@ here today, so I'm dusting off my landscape plans
for the backyard. We'd planned to put in a paver patio, roughly 16' x20'
but now we're thinking of stamped concrete as something that might be a bit
less maintenance (aint as young as I use to be!) Any pros or cons people
would like to share? (as I mentioned - snowing now - so we do have some
weather extremes to consider!)
We put in a paver patio 3 years ago, and the weeds are insane.
It's too big to use Roundup all the time (1200 sq ft).
It's 40' x 30', so I think even 16' x 20' will keep you busy with
weeds. I haven't found a solution yet.
I would go with the pavers. What maintenance? Spray the joints in
the spring with a herbicide that lasts all summer. That's all I've
done with mine for 6 years.
If you're doing the job yourself, it is a no-brainer. Pavers are the
perfect DIY project. Concrete is best left to the masters-
especially for big slabs of it.
If you're hiring it out, then this is just an opinion-
Pavers are better looking- no cracking. If there is frost, I would
prefer the 'much easier to repair if necessary' paver patio. [do
either right the first time and you should be OK for years- but life
isn't always that kind.]
There are advantages/disadvantages to both pavers and stamped
concrete. I have a large stamped concrete patio thats about 10 years
old now. Overall, I'm happy with it. It looks like gray slate
stones of varying sizes.
Here's my take on some issures:
No weed problems
Has a smooth, wet looks appearance
Wide variety of styles and colors, from cobblestone look to slate.
Needs to be resealed every 2 years to maintain finish
Eventually, over enough time, the finish will still deterioriate and
start to look weathered, more like concrete, etc.
(With mine at 10 years, I applied a solid concrete stain to the whole
thing, which made it look like new again)
Like all concrete it can crack.
Can easily modify by taking out or adding sections
Possibly a DIY job
Weeds - (Agree with the advice to use one of the long lasting
herbicides which lasts up to a season)
Can shift and become uneven.
Can you tell me the name of the herbicide you use?
I agree with the other poster about shifting.
Ours shifted a little and has some dips here and there, but it's not a
big deal. The edging heaves up every winter, but I just pound it back
down and it stays until the next winter.
I'll try to remember to check the shed & see if there is still some
there from last year. No particular brand- I get it at my local
borg- look on the shelf for 'season long', or some such claim. I
think it is by the same folks who make roundup. It kills the weeds
and prevents seeds from sprouting. [Amazon sells Roundup "extended
control" and 'season long' - The extended lasts 90days which is
essentially my season, anyway. Spray in June- by Sept nothing is
I have one spot that has sunk 1/4 inch in 6 yrs. [about a 20x20 patio]
I see it when it rains as a 2-3foot round puddle. An hour after a
hard rain I can't see it without a straightedge. If I could, I'd
pull those pavers out, throw a shovel full - or two- of stone dust in,
smooth it out and pound the pavers back in place.
Mitch@_._ wrote on 08 Mar 2008 in group alt.home.repair:
Look at the nursery for a product that says it kills *everything*. Bayer
makes one, and I paid about $8.00 for a quart last year. It did a great
job of sterilizing the gap between my fence and the neighbors where the
gigantoweeds used to grow. I also applied it all along the fence line so I
don't have to use a string trimmer. This year I plan to put it at the edge
of all the flower beds.
Be careful. It really *does* kill *everything*.
I built a patio out of pressure treated wood, and before building it,
i purchased a patio tent type to cover it to the exact size i needed
for the tent, that is big enough for patio funniture and chairs and
uimbrellia. It came out beautiful and when it rains, you have some
protection if you like to stay outdoors like i do. It's like a gazebo,
only mine is made of a fabric. mgood luck henry
Concrete slabs, including stamped concrete, have one big fault: They all
develop cracks, sooner or later. Cracks make a patio very unsightly and
lower the resale value of your home. There is nothing you can do with a
cracked slab, except replace it at considerable expense. I would go with the
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