A common decision homeowners need to make when choosing to have a new walkway, driveway, or patio installed, is whether use poured concrete or interlocking paving stones for their project. Outlined here are a few of the major advantages in using interlocking paving stones as opposed to poured concrete.
Flexibility with Design Changes – Once you begin the concrete pouring process, there’s no turning back, unless you are prepared for some major demolition and the extra expenses along with it. With Interlocking paving stones, it’s very simple to add or expand on an area, change a curve to a straight line, create a step up or down, add/remove different colored pavers, or just about any other alterations you might decide on as the work progresses. You can also make these alterations at anytime, whether it’s next week, next month, or next year. This gives you more say in your ultimate design at less expense, and guarantees you achieve the look you want when it’s finished.
Improved Property Drainage – Concrete pads are not permeable to water, meaning water that would normally filter through the area now has to move to another location, which can often be problematic. Because paving stone projects are segmented, water is able to run, drain and be absorbed evenly across their span, between each paver. This helps prevent water from pooling in grass areas, planting beds or other locations.
Immediate Usage – Poured concrete may take 3-5 days to cure and before this time traffic is not permittable. Pavers require no time to cure, meaning you get to use your patio, driveway, or walkway as soon as construction ends without worry.
Strength & Savings – Most paving stones are rated at 8000psi, which is almost 4x’s stronger than poured concrete, and allow for better weight distribution for the received traffic. A concrete driveway will inevitably crack due to ground shift and freeze/thaw cycles, creating a broken, unattractive appearance and a potential tripping hazard that will not go away without extensive repairs. Pavers will move with the shifting ground, either resettling back in their proper placement, or simply require more aggregate installed to return it to it’s original level. This is substantially cheaper than repairing broken pads of poured concrete, and provides better, longer lasting results. The ability for paving stones to quickly adapt to our extremes in climate make them the stand out choice for your project.
Aesthetic appeal – A well designed, properly installed paving stone driveway or patio can be a cosmetic treat from the surrounding homes that use the standard and often bland look of poured concrete pads. This increases property value, curb appeal and often gives a unique flare that can set you apart from the pack. Combining pavers of different colours can also do wonders to compliment the appearance of your house and its surrounding layout.