Explore the advantages and disadvantages of using pavers and concrete for your next paving project.
As soon as you’ve decided that an area needs to be paved, whether it’s a driveway, walkway, or patio, your next step is to decide which you prefer—pavers or concrete. Both options have benefits and detriments. Tucker Paving can help you explore the differences.
Concrete and Paver Comparisons
The following factors are those that should be taken into account when choosing between concrete and pavers for driveways, walkways, patios, and the like.
- Cost. Concrete has a lower upfront cost than pavers—sometimes costing half as much depending upon the pavers chosen—but concrete also typically has higher long-term upkeep and repair costs.
- Curb Appeal and Value. Pavers have a much higher curb appeal, hands-down, than concrete. This, in turn, means that pavers add a great deal more value to your home and property than concrete.
- Installation Difficulty. Installing concrete is considered to be less time-intensive than pavers, though it can be a much messier job. However, it is recommended to have both concrete and pavers installed by a professional for optimal results.
- Durability. In terms of durability, concrete comes in behind pavers because it can crack and shift due to ground movement, tree roots, temperature changes, and more. While pavers can shift as well, the gaps between pavers allow for some movement, and individual pavers can be replaced if needed.
- Maintenance: Concrete generally has a lower maintenance requirement than pavers as weeds can grow up between the gaps between pavers and need to be removed by hand or with a weed killer. However, concrete can also stain and develop cracks, both of which would need to be resolved. Power washing and sealing are maintenance options. Pavers can also be stained or cracked, but, again, individual pavers can usually be replaced.
- Strength. The strength of the material is an important consideration for driveways more so than walkways or patios; both materials are strong, but pavers can withstand more weight and pressure before cracking than concrete.