Was going to try to salvage a portion of my existing tired deck prior
homeowner installed. Upon further review- it's in poor shape and will
be coming down.
I plan on building a 4x8 landing out the back door with 3 additional
steps leading to a patio. Currently looking at Belgard pavers and
stamped concrete. I want bluestone but it's too expensive. Since we
don't plan on being here more than 5 additional years, we're not
spending that kind of cash.
Not sure if stamped concrete is a wise choice with the weather climate
changes - temp ranges -20 to 98.
It seems to me pavers installed properly will move with the ground and
not crack as concrete would over time. Besides, I think replacing 1 or
2 pavers is easier & cheaper than repairing stamped concrete.
Does anyone have any long term experience with stamped concrete in a
similar climate? I've seen enough cracked concrete sidewalks &
driveways around to make me believe it's not the way to go.
I have seen stamped concrete survive well after at least 10 years in my
area, (Ohio similar weather). That said, I like the look of real pavers
better, and of course they are easily repaired if needed. Some of the
stamped concrete does not look bad, but IMO I have never seen any as good a
It all depends on your soil.
I am a contractor in upstate NY (capital district). Concrete will hold up
well in sandy soil areas and in clay shale areas if proper excavation/fill
drainage is observered. I would not recommend it over the hardpan clay which
curses some parts of this area.
I am in one of those hard clay areas. One contractor I spoke with told
me that anyone who recommended any sort of gravel footing was wrong. I
can't believe that's accurate though. Sounded to me more like a shortcut.
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