Are pavers better than concrete? They are made of the same material, right? Which is more expensive? What about sand? Weeds will grow through it, right? Just some of the common questions asked and will be answered here.
A commonly debated topic when one is considering a project involving Pavers or Concrete. It’s not as simple as most would think. So we are going to discuss it here and lay it all out. That way you can make the best decision possible, with all the information needed too.
Interlocking concrete pavers or pavers as most refer to them; have a few other common names like:
and also commonly used to describe natural paving material like
Pavers are manufactured using concrete in different mixtures to achieve numerous amount of colors and textures. All the while being 4 times as strong as the average poured concrete surface.
That’s right 4 TIMES as STRONG compared to poured concrete!
Due to the controlled environment pavers are created in makes their strength superior to poured concrete surfaces like sidewalks, patios, driveways, etc. You might be wondering what strength means exactly? An average paver can take a blow 4 times heavier than poured concrete.
Cracking, Settling, Shifting
Larger poured concrete surfaces are more likely to crack due to things like freeze-thaw cycles, large root systems, large vehicles, settling issues, or unstable ground. There could be other reasons as well, but those seem to be the most common.
Pavers would “go with the flow” so to speak. Meaning they would move up, down, and side to side depending on if a tree root was upheaving them or unstable ground caused them to shift. First, the problem can be addressed(cutting tree root) and then the base material can be adjusted and the pavers reinstalled leaving the area good as new. Poured concrete surfaces would likely crack in unwanted areas. Never to be the same again until a replacement.
Pavers retain their value and appeal much longer than concrete. With a higher resale value than concrete you get more back on your investment with pavers should you choose to sell your property.
Poured concrete is more cost-effective upfront but the value is diminished much quicker than pavers and is expensive to replace.
Concrete repairs can be costly with cutting and jackhammering sections out. Followed by setting forms and pouring concrete again. Patching cracks and filling voids never make it look the same again. Concrete resurfacing can be a cost-effective repair method that can be reapplied every few years to maintain “like new concrete”.