When choosing a pavement material for your new project, there is more to know than just what meets the eye. While concrete might seem like the ‘affordable’ decision to achieve the look and not break the bank, poor durability and difficult repairs have a great impact not just on appearance, but also on the long term cost.
As a homeowner you want to be sure you are getting the best for your property and wallet. You want something that will not only be cost-effective, but require little maintenance, stand up to weather and continue to look like new for years to come.
Aside from curb appeal and stand out beauty, installing interlocking pavers is becoming more apparent to homeowners everywhere! Here is very valuable information to help you in your decision making process about these materials:
One of the more traditional and commonly used paving materials, Concrete is looked as the “lower” cost per square foot by many homeowners. Since it initially seems to be inexpensive it looks like the natural choice, but in reality with its inevitable cracking it leads to a higher long term cost greater than installing pavers. Because concrete shrinks over time, cracking can occur and appear at random anywhere across the surface. It gets extremely difficult when wanting to do repairs because it is often difficult to exactly match color and composition of the original material each time a repair is needed. The alternative to small patches and repairs is to completely replace the entire structure.
Unlike concrete, one of the biggest advantages of interlocking pavers is that if a repair is necessary you can easily replace individual modular pieces without leaving ugly patches or scars. Because pavers are individual units, the natural joints between each paver will give with pressure, expanding and contracting eliminating cracking. On top of that manufacturer’s offer you a lifetime warranty against cracking or breaking!
With a rating of 10,000 psi pavers are one of the strongest paving materials, 3 times stronger than concrete, and not only that they actually increase their structural capacity over time. There is no curing time, and the surface can be used immediately upon completion.
Concrete can become slippery when wet, but pavers are ‘non-skid’ and ‘non-slip’ creating a safer surface for you and your family, great for pool decks! This semi-permeable material helps with drainage because the high number of joints in the surface facilitates the flow of water from rain and snow, and also decreasing nighttime glare.
Pavers come in a variety of colors, shapes and finishes making it easy to complement and enhance any outdoor space in your home, make the choice and install pavers today!