WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT CONCRETE PAVERS

December 25, 2016 at 11:32 am

When it is time for a poolside patio or a new driveway, this easy-to-install option is tough and cost effective.

One trick to making your yard feel more manicured is to add a smartly defined piece of hardscaping. Paths and patios or an upgraded driveway will not only define your space but also provide the kind of contrast that will make your flower bed or lush lawn pop.

However, if traditional surfacing materials makes you feel as flat as poured concrete, you can use concrete pavers. They are affordable than stone, more durable than asphalt and more colourful than bricks. Concrete pavers are a practical yet attractive option anywhere on the property. And also because they are modular, they are easy to install and fix.

Concrete pavers are in two categories:

  1. Interlocking
  2. Architectural slab

After the World War II, interlocking pavers were invented by the Dutch when brick, which was their traditional paving material, was in short supply. Plenty chunky blocks found their way onto European roads, yet, many of the originals are still in good shape despite 50 years of traffic. Therefore it’s not surprising that their consumer cousins usually come with a lifetime warranty which makes it a perfect driveway material. However, for all their practicality, interlocking pavers lack the natural look as the frozen-oatmeal texture and the plain shapes makes many see it as unrefined.

Architectural slab pavers are a more aesthetic alternative. Though these thinner cakes may not be able to handle auto traffic like their interlocking kin, they can neatly mimic the look of brick or natural stone. And the best thing is they do it for much less than the real deal.

Cost

Pavers are typically about $2 to $10 per square foot. If installed by a pro, it was even easier for me when i hired a St. Louis foundation repair expert, who handle the paving for me, with the base prep and materials, it is usually $6 to $15 per square foot.

Hire out or Do it yourself

With little efforts, you can work on a path or small patio but it is a driveway or large projects, hire a professional.

For how long does it last?

When it comes structural integrity, interlocking pavers offer a lifetime warranty. However, few architectural slabs have warranties.

Where to install them

They are all suitable for patios and footpaths, but as a general rule, only interlocking pavers work best on driveways. If there is rain runoff problem, use permeable pavers

Are they easy to maintain?

They are easy to care for because they are concrete. All they need is occasional sweeping and weeding. However, if you want to keep that just-laid look, you will need to scrub off stains or mildew.