Welcome to Belton!
Belton is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Killeen-Temple metropolitan area. If you travel north from Austin, Belton will be on the Interstate 35 corridor before Waco and is the seat of Bell County. The population was 23k in 2019 according to a US Census Estimate. As of 2019 the metro region had a population of 450k. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year. Belton averages 0 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year. The risk of tornadoes in Belton is higher than the rest of Texas and is much higher than the national average. These are some of the things we like to do in Belton.
Do you have plans to install a concrete driveway, walkway, or patio? If so, you’ll likely consider two very different but very popular materials: pavers and concrete. There are pros and cons to each type of these popular options. These guidelines will help you to figure out whether pavers or concrete are the right choice for your walkway, driveway or outdoor living space.
After appearance, the main concern for homeowners for most outdoor upgrades is the amount of ongoing maintenance involved. Concrete has lower levels of maintenance but one issue that can occur is weeds going up through cracks in between the slabs, so the fewer slabs you have, the better. Over time, cracks and stains can form so power washing may remove some stains, and you can try to patch cracks, but these types of minor issues are practically inevitable as your concrete ages. You can apply a protective sealant to concrete to help minimize issues with staining.
One advantage pavers has compared to concrete is that ground movement and temperature fluctuations will not crack it as easily due to there being seams in between. If there are is damage, they can easily be replaced individually. Stains on pavers are less noticeable overall due to the patterns of the natural stone pavers that help to disguise them. The many joints between stones, however, are susceptible to weed growth, so you may need to pull weeds or apply weed killer regularly.
The main issue with concrete slabs is that they can affected by ground movement and changes in temperature. These two situations can cause the slabs to split and crack which can cause drainage issues and be uneven. Pavers are designed to withstand ground movement and temperature fluctuations. In addition, the joints between stones assist in water drainage. Many manufacturers offer a lifetime guarantee with their products, making it possible to get a free replacement if cracks do develop in any of your pavers. Most homeowners can easily manage the DIY installation of individual stones.
If attracting potential buyers is your goal, stone pavers is the better option because it will add more value and curb appeal.
As mentioned above, stone pavers are considered more attractive than concrete and add more curb appeal to any home due to it aesthetic properties. They are available in a variety of styles, sizes, patterns, and colors, which also offers the option for customization. They are also better suited for high traffic areas because they are also less likely to fade or wear down compared to concrete due to the fact that the color is embedded throughout the stone. There are also many types of stone when selecting pavers such as granite, slate, travertine, or sandstone. Although traditional concrete is not considered stylish in appearance, there is an upgraded option which homeowners might want to consider. Stamped concrete has a design that is stamped onto the surface making it look much more attractive compared to plain concrete. It can also be tinted to achieve a more high end look. Stamped concrete does cost more than regular concrete, but the design on the surface helps to minimize the appearance of cracks and stains, so it may reduce maintenance costs over time.
Factors like cost, durability, style, and maintenance should all be considered when it comes to upgrading your home’s outdoor living space. This will dictate which materials and styles is your best options. Concrete is a solid choice for any home, but pavers will offer the best value in the long run if you’re able to afford the upfront cost.
Contacting the experts in Belton and Killeen when it comes to concrete contracting is easy if you call All American Concrete. We can evaluate your project and give you options that are both affordable and exactly what you are looking for. Whether you’re in Killeen, Belton, Temple, Harker Heights, Kempner, or Copperas Cove and want to enhance the beauty, function and use of your outdoor spaces, contact us for a free estimate.