Adeline Gaetane Brasseur Outdoor Paver June 17th, 2018 - 18:31:48
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.
Concrete pavers cannot compete with real stone such as travertine flooring or random flagstone but it is considered because of several factors. Lets see why concrete pavers are indeed so popular and why the manufacturers are coming out with more and more variations on the basic design. Pavers come in a variety of patterns textures and colors from contemporary patterns to combinations of units that mimic European cobblestone. Because they are molded texture can be created to not only resemble a brick but a rounded stone or even a piece of cut flagstone. Pavers are generally smaller units and can be laid to follow the terrain. They can be installed directly on the contours of the land. If you have a driveway that dips down and then slopes back up pavers will look natural over the topography. There is no need to have level sections such as when using wood.
Unlike asphalt pavers are virtually maintenance-free and do not need to be regularly sealed or replaced. By definition concrete pavers have a minimum compressive strength of 8000 psi (about 3 times stronger than regular poured concrete) and a maximum water absorption rate of 5%. Concrete pavers are extremely dense units which possess exceptional strength and durability superior stability under severe loads and are unaffected by the extremes of heat and frost. Each unit has joints that allow for a small amount of movement without cracking. Factory made pavers last for decades.
Natural Stone pavers are quarried stone which are cut to the right size. Generally these pavers are laid end to end which does require more labor time. There is little maintenance needed and the stone pavers will last a lifetime. On a per square foot basis most stone pavers will cost $10.00. If you choose unusual or rare stones the cost could be up to $30 per square foot. Concrete pavers are colored at the manufacturer and may fade over time. To prevent this the pavers can be cleaned and sealed. Concrete pavers are priced at $5 to $10 per square foot and are installed for an additional $5 to $10 per square foot. Sand-set is an economical installation method. Soil and gravel layer compaction is necessary for stability.