Adeline Gaetane Brasseur Outdoor Paver June 14th, 2018 - 10:55:18
Interlocking concrete pavers offer flexibility moving in unison with the earth below them thus avoiding serious damage. Stone pavers are mined for quarries. They have different qualities when compared to concrete and brick because they are more expensive than their manufactured cousins. But they are preferred choice for all external paving needs. Interlocking pavers can be installed very easily because they dont require mortar. They are made up of cement or concrete. These can cover any patio decking driveway or walkway. Brick pavers are made up of cement sand fine aggregates and water which is mixed together and fired in a kiln at high temperatures to produce the finished product. Brick pavers are highly versatile durable and strong.
The cost will be a factor effecting your decision while choosing the material for the pavers. The concrete pavers are the cheapest ones whereas the brick patio and the stone patio cost more. The brick pavers cost the most. So if you are low on budget then go for concrete patio instead of brick patio. Once you have installed the pavers of your choice the next task is to keep an eye on its maintenance. The maintenance depends on the material that you are using for the patios. Some materials need more attention while the others need low or no attention at all. This is simply due to the fact that some pavers will hold on to their color for longer while other will not. Also the pavers which are easy to clean will require low maintenance than the pavers needing more time for cleaning.
Dirt does not tend to tick on them stubbornly and hence a simple wiping of the surface or pressure washing if stains are too greasy gets rid of any unwanted deposited. In fact the water board recommends sealing concrete pavers in order to save water. By sealing a paver you are essentially putting a shield that protects it from being damaged due to various factors such as reaction with acid and fungal infestations. Further it prevents sand and cement in the joints from washing out due to heavy rains and storms thus preventing loosening of stones. The hazardous effects of freezing and thawing that tend to ruin most of the pavers is eliminated due to sealing. Sealing pavers protects them under all weathers and high traffic loads. As a result your paver is well preserved.
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.