One of the most unique features of using pavers is the fact that they are pre-made. This advantage allows the customer to select the exact color before installation. Did you know pavers are as old as the roads of the Roman Empire? That’s according to the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute® (ICPI), and you can read more about their history and their sustainability on their website.
Some of the main challenges that can be solved is the age old cracking problem with concrete. The running joke in the concrete business is that the ‘birdbaths are free’. These are the inevitable low spots in the final concrete end product. They can’t be ‘fixed’. This isn’t the case with pavers. Repairs can be performed with pavers easily. Just lift and reset. Meanwhile, concrete has to be cut out and repoured, which never matches.
A major benefit is that the customer can see what the end product is going to look like during the installation. It is not the same with concrete — concrete always cracks and the customer has no idea what the concrete is going to look like until the concrete is poured and cured which can be weeks later. There are many factors which can affect the final concrete product. Humidity, heat, time of day, the person/people troweling the concrete — even the weather during the curing process. The wet surface after application can be ruined if not kept wet or walked on for a few days. Not so with pavers!
Must be sealed repeatedly
No design options
Expands, contracts and wears
Obvious and unstable
Let’s be honest – asphalt is just not pretty! When it comes to price, it is the cheapest option. Your investment in asphalt may end in regret when it comes time for any underground repairs or additions. You cannot repair and do additions with asphalt in the way that pavers allow (seamlessly!).
Limited to what’s available
Cracks and fades
Impossible to match patches
Similarly priced to pavers, but lacks many of the benefits. The nice design options are evently marred with cracks as the earth beneath settles. Cracks and fading considered, your investment is safer with pavers.
PSI = Pounds per square inch in compression testing