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Manufactured to tight dimensional tolerances pavers are stronger than regular poured concrete surfaces and more durable than black asphalt. They can take more abuse and last for generations. A segmental paving system allows for expansion and contraction without producing surface cracks unlike monolithic concrete surfaces and stamped concrete. Remove and reinstate the same pavers with no ugly patches after repairs to the base or underground utilities. Asphalt concrete and stamped concrete cant make this claim. Pavers are low-maintenance and offer low life-cycle costs. Stained or broken pavers can be easily replaced without patches. Darker colored pavers can help hide stains. Ants and weeds in joints can be prevented with sealers or herbicides.
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.
Whats more the range of colours available makes it easy to customise and personalise your own landscaping turning boring pathways into features instead. Outdoor pavers suitable for use on driveways are usually a little thicker than those used for other purposes. These usually come in a thickness of 50mm which also makes them ideal for other commercial use. This is to help your driveway withstand the weight of cars or frequent foot traffic. Driveway pavers are often set to smaller dimensions of 300x300 or 400x400 as larger bricks than this may be more likely to crack under constant weight of cars. Keeping brick sizes smaller allows for more even distribution of weight across the area.
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.