Adaliz Louise Auclair Outdoor Paver July 12th, 2018 - 09:04:48
The cost per square foot of concrete is lower than any type of pavers making it a more affordable paving material. Concrete also offers savings on labour costs and time because its installation is relatively easier than installing pavers which require tedious site preparation as the base must be packed extremely well so the pieces will not settle. Without question pavers look a lot better than a plain grey concrete paving. The colours and texture of pavers exhibit natural charm. The great thing is concrete is such a versatile material that many techniques can be done to it to completely transform its appearance. Being able to resemble real pavers is just one of the effects that can be achieved with concrete without the price tag of pavers. Concrete can be stamped stained engraved scored stencilled and embedded with stones to name a few possibilities.
Apply a paver sealer if applicable and if desired. There are many options when choosing paver sealers. Some will have a glossy wet look which often darkens the color of you pavers (which you may or may not desire). Some paver sealers have a matte finish while others are completely invisible. The sealer creates a durable barrier against liquid absorption on the paver itself (as opposed to the joint stabilizing sealer which hardens the joint sand). Brick paver sealers will help prevent staining and will keep your pavers looking cleaner for a much longer period of time. Some high end pavers have a stain resistant surface and this step is unnecessary. Follow the instructions of the sealers manufacturer on how to apply it properly.
Unlike wood or real stone concrete pavers do not crack or react to absorption of water. Wood will rot if not sealed to resist the penetration of water. Real stone will also become vulnerable to constant moisture. Pavers do absorb water but do not change their inherent structure. They do not flake or become weakened by the presence of water or moisture. Debris that accumulates naturally simply needs to be swept or hosed off. Application of a sealer is optional and not required. Sealers are often used where someone wants the pavers to take on an enhanced tone. Sealers will also help to resist the absorption of stains as concrete pavers are porous just like natural stone.
This is where pavers have an advantage over concrete. Since pavers consist of separate units if a couple of pavers get damaged you just take out those pieces and replace them with new ones - easy and not expensive. Its the opposite with concrete if the slab suffers severe damage and calls for replacement. The whole slab would have to be removed and a new concrete surface installed. Such a problem can be greatly avoided by hiring a professional concrete contractor to do your concrete work to ensure quality base prep and concrete installation. Also do note that concrete replacement is always the last resort and is done only when the structure is no longer sound. Cosmetic problems on the concretes surface can be repaired or the concrete resurfaced at reasonable cost. As you can see concrete and pavers have their own advantages and disadvantages. If youre having a hard time deciding which to use why not combine them? Concrete makes a great base for pavers. Laying pavers over concrete will eliminate problems with pavers moving out of place and creating uneven surfaces. Consult with a professional concrete contractor to explore this option.