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Interlocking Pavers Versus Concrete: Which Is Better?

Knowing the difference between interlocking pavers versus concrete can help you decide which will be the better value for your home. Every homeowner has different needs, so it’s important to make the right decision for you! There are certain aspects to consider when comparing interlocking pavers versus concrete. Let’s look at what both options entail.

Concrete

Interlocking Pavers Versus Concrete

When it comes to choosing your paving material, concrete may be one of your options. Concrete is versatile because it can be poured simply the way it is, or if you prefer a more stylish look it can be stamped. Concrete is very popular because it can be easy to install.  It is also very versatile as a material, historically used for the construction of buildings, bridges, and pavement around the house. Unfortunately, with poured concrete, your pavement with not be as long lasting as paving stones.

Strength and Durability of Concrete

While concrete looks good after it is first poured, it will probably result in more fussing in the future, such as cracks and stains that cannot be easily fixed. While concrete has many reigning features, such as it’s eco-friendly low carbon emissions and fire-resistant qualities, concrete is not very strong – it will inevitably crack! Not only does it crack just due to natural causes, it is more susceptible to cracking with heavy and frequent traffic moving over it. It may be cheaper or easier to install yourself, but the results will only last so long.

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Maintenance and Repairs with Concrete

When it comes to maintenance and repairs, concrete can be more of a hassle than paving stones. An important aspect to consider when debating between interlocking pavers versus concrete is the fact that concrete oil stains cannot be easily removed. Usually when concrete gets stained, the whole area of concrete with need to be re-poured. If your concrete gets stained, the area with the stain cannot be removed and then replaced with new concrete. It will look silly and worse than when it just had a stain. This is different from paving stones where individual areas can be replaced.

Interlocking Pavers

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With interlocking pavers, you will ultimately see longer lasting results with less fussing as time goes on. We can break down the features of interlocking pavers into strength and maintenance repairs.

Strength and Durability of Pavers

Interlocking Pavers Versus Concrete

Expect the most strength when considering interlocking pavers. They are approximately four times stronger than poured concrete meaning that they do not crack like concrete does. Additionally, they do not get as easily worn down and make a great material for a driveway. Unlike concrete, paving stones can come in different thicknesses, so if you want to lay paving stones for a driveway a thicker material ensures durability.

Maintenance and Repairs of Pavers

This leads us into the next section: maintenance and repairs expected with interlocking pavers. Because they are so strong, paving stones do not really crack. However, in a rare instance that one stone does crack, it can easily be swapped out for a replacement stone (mortar is not used to place the stones). This feature of interlocking pavers makes repairs much easier than they would be with concrete. If concrete develops a crack, virtually the entire area of poured concrete needs to be replaced. Whatever may be the problem with an area of paving stones, the problem is usually able to be quickly resolved with ease.

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Cost of Interlocking Pavers Versus Concrete

Now, cost will differ depending on a variety on conditions. The pre-existing state and ease of accessing of the area you want to install pavers on will affect the total cost. Other factors will include the style of the pavers and the square footage of the project. One important thing to considered when debating between concrete and paving stones is that paving stones will boost the value of your home, while concrete might not boost it as much.

 

In sum, the experts at our company recommend paving stones over concrete because of the long lasting results and ease of maintenance in the future. However, what’s best for one homeowner might be different from the next! We ultimately advise that you choose what’s right for you.

If you’re looking for help with your paving project, Pacific Pavingstone is here to help. Contact us today for a free estimate!

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8309 Tujunga Ave., Ste. 201
Sun Valley, CA 91352

818-244-4000

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