Stamped concrete or exposed aggregate is a question I get from a lot of customers. Each is a good choice of course. Cost is always a concern. I can say this, if your project has any size to it, the exposed will be less expensive. That may not apply to every where in the country, but here in Virginia, the stone in the concrete is still available at a competitive rate.
What are the advantages or disadvantages of these two finishes? For exposed aggregate it gives you the appearance of stone. Call it what you want, rather it looks like a river bed or stone road. It is a more rustic and Earthy finish. It goes well with many landscapes. Stamped on the other hand can be transformed into many finishes, from stone, wood, and old fashion finishes. Almost anything that a human can mold, but one thing is for sure, I don’t know of a stamp that can mimic exposed aggregate.
Let me help you in your design. Give me a call and we can discuss all the ways to design and finish your project.