For a first time redo of your driveway, walkways, or patio space, the choice between concrete pavers and poured concrete might seem difficult, but in truth, the decision is straightforward when you consider the key factors. While the initial investment may be lower with poured concrete, for a hardscape investment that withstands the test of time while adding an appropriate and complementary aesthetic to your property, concrete pavers are, without a doubt, the way to go.
Initial Cost versus Long-Term Costs
When considering the budget of your project, it’s important to take into account long term costs rather than just the small initial savings. Poured concrete may require less money up-front, making it the slightly less expensive choice initially. However, over time, as the concrete becomes damaged, stained, and cracked, it will require complete replacement. Alternatively, concrete pavers last longer, look better, and are easier and cheaper to replace. In a year to year comparison, you will find that concrete pavers are the less expensive option by far when looked at with a mid to long-term perspective.
Speed of Installation
The haste with which the hardscape can be completed is another area where you might find the poured concrete to seem initially advantageous, only to discover that speed rarely indicates quality. Poured concrete requires neither complex design planning nor lengthy installation periods. While concrete pavers may take some time to select and incorporate into a stunning design that is suited to your home, they are installed relatively quickly. Additionally, poured concrete demands a period of time be spent waiting for the concrete to cure, but concrete pavers can be ready for use immediately, depending on the installation method you have chosen.
Long-Term Viability and Durability
Paver products, in particular, are treated to withstand extreme freeze-thaw cycles, water exposure, and contraction and expansion common to hardscapes. Pavers are specially designed to be up to four times as strong as poured concrete, meaning that your patio, driveway, or walkway will not crack, break, or deteriorate like poured concrete. For poured concrete constructions, damage is practically inevitable. The question is when will it happen. Concrete pavers will serve you well for many years to come without showing signs of age prematurely. In fact, under the right circumstances, pavers should last 10-20 years without the need for any major maintenance.
Easy Maintenance and Repair
Taking care of your patio, driveway, or walkway demands that you keep it clean, protected and aesthetically appropriate. Poured concrete is prone to staining, fading and cracking, and will absorb dirt within a relatively short period of time. On the other hand, concrete patio pavers are much less likely to stain or fade, will almost never crack and are easily replaced. Instead of having to replace the entire patio, driveway or walkway as you would with poured concrete, replacing one brick paver or a small area of them isn’t a problem. Most pavers are also specially treated to keep their appearance sharp and clean. Units won’t stain, fade, or degrade due to water, temperature changes, or the passing of time.