You walked outside today to check your mailbox and you can’t help but think that having a walkway would make this chore so much easier. You take a look around and notice your driveway has cracks. And now that you think about it, you’ve always wanted to add a patio to the backyard so you can finally have those cookouts. You decide it’s finally time to look into your options, and you start to wonder which is better? Pavers or concrete?
Pavers vs Concrete
Concrete slabs are most commonly used for outdoor spaces because it’s easy to install, and fairly cheap. Homeowners even have the option to use stamped concrete, which offers texture and design options. Paving stones are individual sections. They can be made from natural stone, concrete, or brick. These stones are extremely durable and some even have interlocking designs for stunning aesthetics.
- Concrete slabs are usually cheaper than paving stones, sometimes up to 15% cheaper.
- If you choose stamped concrete, the cost is about the same as paving stones.
- Concrete is cheaper upfront, but maintenance and repair over time is more expensive than using paving stones.
- Installing paving stones over a 1,000 square foot area usually takes about 5 days.
Choosing paving stones for your outdoor space requires a bit more prep than concrete slabs. You can expect the process to go something like this: excavation, grading, compaction, geotextile install, base prep, base compaction, sand prep, laying stones, cutting the borders, prepping bond, compacting stones, and sealing. But once the installation is complete, it’s ready to use!
Laying concrete is a much simpler process, requiring: excavation, grading, setting forms, and pouring the mixture. However, concrete takes time to cure and can’t be used until completely dry. One major drawback to consider is cracking if the ground flexes or tree roots grow underneath.
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