A question many of our clients ask us often is do they want concrete or pavers for their pool deck? We won't say one is better than the other, but we do have our opinions and professional recommendations. Over the years of being in the industry, we have gathered our own results on which are "better" based off our experience in construction.
Starting with the pros & cons of one another that are listed below.
-Cost efficient compared to pavers
-Various color selection
-Various finishes (Ex. stamped, colored, sandblasted, saw cut, brushed, etc.)
-Faster application in most cases from start to finish
-Notorious for cracking
-Technically "un-repairable" to match again the existing concrete
-Along with possibilities of it cracking, its unpredictable from the day its poured and on
-Various selection in color, shapes, and finishes
-Can be great contrast to an existing deck
-Can shift over time
-Joint sand may need refill after a few years
-Color variation from pallet to pallet depending which paver selected
Typically we recommend pavers. The pros listed above outweigh the rest in our opinions. You are less likely to run into problems in the future. Simply the easiness of repairing with pavers is a big one while not having to worry about them cracking. There is a large variety of paver selection available, take a look at our hardscape gallery to see the decks we've built throughout Orange County and the surrounding areas.
Another option we often do is hybrid! Pavers and concrete can look great and often compliment one another to break up too much of one material. It is all about balance and we like to keep it at a balanced level our customers are happy with while staying consistent with the design.
As you can see one could go either way, there is not a right or wrong deck. We tell our customers it comes down to; What is your goal with your backyard? What is your budget? Do the cons of one another weigh out the other? It also has to do with preference. Some may or may not like the look of a stamped concrete or of a paver stone, some may love them.
Email us if you have any further questions!