Why Are Pavers Better than Concrete
In deciding to take on a project as big as installing a luxury inground pool this winter, the swimming pool portion of the project is only half the battle. The other half is designing your brand new pool deck!
But just as it’s important to choose the features of your pool wisely, deciding the perfect material for your deck can make or break the aesthetic you want your backyard to achieve.
Homeowners have two major options from which to choose: stamped concrete vs. pavers. There is a big debate about which one is better, but we at Pools of Fun wanted to lay out your options for you between the two, and explain why we think that pavers are the superior choice.
The Argument for Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete can produce a great look and come in an unlimited number of patterns and colors to complement any outdoor design. This option looks real, tends to cost less and is great for keeping unsightly weeds from growing.
The Argument against Stamped Concrete
We advise against concrete pavers for the same reasons we don’t recommend building concrete pools. Central Indiana often faces brutal freeze-thaw cycles so it’s imperative that the material you choose to lay down for your pool deck is durable and versatile enough to handle these changes.
As a result of these cycles, your concrete will crack. It’s an inevitability. Repairs become necessary year after year as the pavement will expand and contract. Sure, the costs will add up, but you’ll never be able to match the original concrete’s color and shape exactly. And if you decide to replace your entire deck with more concrete, you’re just compounding the problem.
Pavers Are The Best Option
Interlocking pavers are single units that give when pressure is applied, which means they will not crack when the temperature fluctuates between hot and cold. In the extremely unlikely event that there is damage, pavers are uniformly manufactured and simple to replace.
Pavers require minimal maintenance and are more cost-effective in the long term. Paving stones are made of incredibly strong material and are easy to maintain. They won’t wear down as fast either. Pavers are fully customizable and come in many shapes, sizes, patterns and styles as well.
Pavers are much safer, too. We provide you with slip-resistant products that can help keep your kids safe from injury when your pool deck gets wet from a few cannonballs.
So to us at Pools of Fun, the choice is simple: pavers is the way to go.
Be sure to stop by our design center in Plainfield to see how we can help you plan your luxury pool from scratch. We’ll help you customize every aspect of your new backyard oasis and let you see it in person before we build.