The two most common materials for paving a patio are concrete and pavers. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so it can make for a tough choice when deciding on a material type for your next patio, walkway or driveway. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of each type:
Advantages of Pavers
There are several advantages to choosing the route of pavers for your patio. Pavers are great at withstanding temperature changes, and they rarely crack, this leads to a long lifespan. Pavers also come in many styles, sizes and patterns, so your paved structure can have a totally custom appearance.
Disadvantages of Pavers
Pavers cost more up-front than concrete, and they require a more labor-intensive installation process. Depending on the size of the patio, it may take several days or even weeks to build out.
Advantages of Concrete
Concrete is an incredibly strong and durable option that costs less per square foot than pavers, and the installation is usually less expensive because the labor to prep and install is not as labor-intensive.
Concrete the option of stamping, this textures the surface while also offering color designs, and can create an illusion that is similar to pavers with false joints aesthetically placed at the surface of the concrete. This produces a truly unique appearance to your patio.
Disadvantages of Concrete
Concrete can crack from extreme temperature changes and stains may be more noticeable on traditional concrete than on pavers since traditional concrete is white, and some stains can be very difficult to remove even with power washing.
Concrete takes multiple days to cure, and all traffic must stay off until the curing process is complete. With a structure built from pavers, once the polymeric sand in the joints dries thoroughly (24-48 hours), the space is ready for foot traffic.
So Which Is Better?
If you prefer a more budget-fiendly option, traditional concrete will be a great choice. If you want something that’s custom-fit to compliment the exterior of your home and existing outdoor space, pavers or stamped concrete will be your best options. To learn more about material choices for your next patio, fill out our online form today to schedule a consultation with the the New Orleans paver installation and concrete pros at Couvillion’s Landscapes today.