ChristinaJudy Outdoor Paver July 01st, 2018 - 09:56:03
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.
After some research we found that permeable pavers were best for us. These pavers come in many different shapes textures sizes and colors. Permeable actually means that liquids can pass through it. Our rain water would be absorbed by the dirt under the driveway with little runoff water rushing down the street until it polluted local streams rivers and lakes. Pavers offer a visual appeal through color paver shape and size. Pavers can be color matched to your home. With the help of a professional landscape mason patterns can be created to add more visual appeal. Pavers are dense and offer durability. They can withstand 8000 pounds of pressure per square inch which is much greater than concrete. They have a non-skip non-slide surface.
Concrete pavers are 100% manufactured material. It is made with two ingredients. Cement and aggregate. It can be manufactured and produced to withstand any kind of harsh weather conditions and endure high or low traffic areas. It is available in different styles for different applications. Concrete pavers are made to look and resemble natural stone at a fraction of a cost of real stones. These pavers are commonly used for those on a tight budget but want to have the look and feel of natural stone. There are different colors to choose from. Dyes and pigments are added during the manufacturing process to produce these different colors.
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.