Pavers vs Other Materials

The overall superiority of pavers is simply unmatched by concrete, asphalt, and flagstone solutions.

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Pavers Offer a Lot of Advantages

Strength and Longevity

To countless homeowners, longevity is a top concern when making any home improvement decision. In the case of a patio or driveway, you probably want to have as much time as possible to enjoy your investment.

Because concrete is such a traditional and widely used material for driveways, you might assume that it can far outlast pavers. This popular mixture of substances is indeed durable, and it has an average lifespan of 25 years. Unfortunately, one of its main issues is that it forms cracks over time, and that may affect its life cycle.

On the other hand, concrete pavers can last up to 50 years. A downside to pavers versus concrete is that they may be more expensive to install. However, if they ultimately last twice as long as concrete, the differential cost could actually be minimal in comparison.

Another point worth considering is that pavers typically can withstand far more weight than concrete. This could be a major plus if you park more than one vehicle on your driveway.

Appearance and Variety

Except for some possible variations in hue when using refinishing products, traditional concrete doesn’t offer a lot in terms of variety. Stamped concrete comes in a broader range of styles and colors, but it generally doesn’t endure the weight capacity of pavers. Precast concrete paving bricks may fade after some time, but pavers come in a wide array of desirable colors, sizes, and styles.

Installation and Maintenance

As a rule, pouring concrete is a simpler process than installing pavers. Since pavers are laid individually, this typically means concrete installation is faster, as well.

When it comes to maintenance, pavers seem to have the edge over concrete. Although cleaning between the individual pavers may be a bit challenging, concrete requires a sealant application every year or two.

Best Value for Your Property

It seems clear that in terms of overall cost and upkeep, pavers are likely to yield the highest return on your investment. They may be more expensive to install, but their maintenance needs are less costly than concrete. Pavers are also much stronger and have a higher weight capacity than both traditional concrete and stamped concrete. Ultimately, pavers offer more variety and will likely increase the potential resell value of your property.

Viking Pavers: One of the Top Landscapers in the Bay Area

If you are looking for superior paver installation, look no further than Viking Pavers. As one of the best landscaping companies in the Bay Area, we are well equipped to assist in all phases of the process. From product selection to design planning to excavation to installation, we want you to have the driveway, patio, and walkway of your dreams!