If you’re looking to repave your driveway and update its look, you may have pavers and concrete on your list of possible options. This post takes you through the pros and cons of both to help you make an informed decision.
Pavers are available in a huge array of designs. You can plan the look of your driveway or other hardscape more flexibly and achieve the look you want. Concrete offers limited design options. While colors can be added to poured concrete, the color fades quickly and will need to be reapplied every few years. The alternative is to use decorative or stamped concrete. Still, pavers installation is preferred for the sheer number of colors, sizes and style possibilities.
Installing a concrete driveway is usually more cost-effective than pavers installation. The cost of concrete, labor, materials and equipment is higher than the same for pavers. However, interlocking concrete pavers have a lifetime of thirty or more years. Older pavers can be removed and installed in areas of your home that need paving but are not important style-wise or won’t be visible to guests. So, you can save on the costs of purchasing new pavers.
The final cost of concrete or pavers installation will depend on the square feet of land that needs to be covered. Make sure you check and compare the rates offered by different contractors to determine who is offering the most value.
Although budget is an important factor, also consider quality and the contractor’s reputation. Only engage a licensed, insured contractor who can assure quality, safe and no-hassle installation.
In the durability stakes, pavers easily beat concrete slabs. Pavers are produced in a controlled environment to ensure maximum strength and durability. They also resist freeze/thaw cycles effectively, so cracks or displacement caused by a heave and sink in the driveway surface resulting from freezing and melting water are rare. On the other hand, temperature changes and a movement in the underlying soil can cause concrete slabs to split and crack. When this occurs, you will need to replace the entire concrete slab. In contrast, you can replace and reuse individual paver stones that come loose or sustain cracks.
In wet conditions, concrete surfaces can become slippery, making it important to tread carefully. Although this is also true for concrete pavers, you can install pavers with raised edges to ensure a grip and prevent slip and fall incidents.
Although pavers are less easy to clean than concrete, they are more durable and therefore require less overall maintenance. Interlocking pavers with sand enhances the durability of your driveway. Concrete slabs can be cleaned with dish soap and rinsed with water. But you need to apply sealants frequently to prevent stains that can detract from the overall look of your hardscape. Maintenance-wise, pavers installation is more convenient and economical.