Pavers vs. Concrete: What’s Best for You?

Cracked Concrete

Erosion through normal ware and tare may end up costing you more in the long run.

If you’re debating between pavers versus concrete and which material best suites you, consider this: Concrete isn’t as durable as other materials, it’s extremely difficult to repair—and it may cost you more in the long run.

No matter what your project is—patio, walkway, driveway—you want the result to bear harsh New England weather, from cold winter nights to warm summer days. And, ideally, you probably want minimum maintenance. No one wants a brand new walkway to look weathered and worn the next season.

What are Pavers?

Pavers—also known as paving stones or brick pavers—are a more durable alternative to concrete. Additionally, you can use them to beautify your space. And with easy upkeep, they’re a long-lasting cost-efficient investment over time.

Brick pavers or paving stones are used in driveways, patios, pool decks, and walkways. Pavers are individual pieces or “bricks.” The pieces interlock, but the natural joints between each piece allow them to expand and contract with the temperature, thus avoiding cracks that could turn an aesthetically pleasing driveway into an ugly mess.

What’s So Bad About Concrete?

When it can be 60 degrees one day and 30 the next, New England weather doesn’t offer an ideal climate for concrete. The material will expand on that 60-degree day, contract on the 30-degree day, and the result is cracks scattered along the concrete’s surface.

Repair costs for concrete begin to add up, and it becomes apparent where the cracks were patched, as it’s often difficult to achieve the same concrete color. If you replace concrete, you must factor in the disposal costs, plus the price of the new concrete. Stamped concrete simply means the concrete is “stamped” into patterns similar to pavers, but all the risks associated with concrete still apply. However, concrete is still an inexpensive option.

A Side-by-Side Comparison

Pavers

  • Set immediately; you can apply pressure right away
  • Create custom looks for your space with different colors, patterns, and finishes
  • Move pavers if necessary; you can lift them up and put them back in place without telling the difference
  • Replace individual pavers easily

Concrete

  • Purchase at a low initial cost
  • Replace concrete by ripping it out
  • Add texture with stamped concrete

When considering buying pavers versus stamped concrete, you have to factor in initial costs, long-term costs, and the amount of maintenance you’re willing to put into the project.

Call Ricardo Corporation today-we’ll figure out what’s best for you and get started on your project!