Why Pavers are Better Than Concrete
If you are installing a patio or driveway, it is important to know why pavers are better than concrete. Your hardscapes need to last for a long period of time. Changing your driveway or patio is not as simple as planting flowers, so it isn’t something you should have to do on a yearly or even bi-annual basis. The challenge with concrete is that you may have to.
Pavers are better than concrete because they are more durable.
Concrete patios and driveways are practical, but they are not a durable solution in Southern California. Mostly, because they are not earthquake resistant. Even the smallest earthquakes can cause them to become cracked and damaged. Once a concrete driveway is cracked the only way to fix it is by patching it. The challenge is that the patch is very obvious and will create a grey line across the cracked area. If you don’t want the obvious patch job then you have to replace the entire area. This is time consuming, costly, and not conducive to a busy schedule.
Driveway pavers and patio pavers are a more durable option and ideal for areas like Southern California. Pavers are earthquake resistant because they are held together with sand. The sand keeps the pavers stable while allowing them to expand and contract with extreme heat or cold. It also allows them to move with the earth. If an earthquake strikes, your pavers can move and are unlikely to crack. If one of them does crack, it can easily be replaced as a single stone without harming the paving stones around it. There will be no down time to enjoying your space and no one will be able to tell that a paver had been replaced. Driveway pavers are the easiest material to repair.
Pavers are better than concrete because they are beautiful.
Concrete patios and driveways are normally a single shade of grey. This is unattractive and offers zero room for creativity. Stamped concrete was created to give homeowners a design option. The challenge with stamped concrete is that while it looks pretty, it doesn’t last. The powder that creates the colors is on the surface only so it will fade in the warm California sunshine. There is no way to predict how it will look once faded or how re-stamping it will impact the appearance.
Paving stones come in a variety of colors, shapes, and textures. The color is built into the stone instead of being placed on top only. This makes the color durable and less likely to fade. They can be arranged in a variety of patterns so that you can express yourself and your personal style with relative ease. If you use paver sealer, it will protect your paving stones from fading at all, which is certainly why pavers are better than concrete.
Go Pavers is an award winning Orange County pavers contractor. We have the largest online pavers collection and provide excellent customer service. We have won the Angie’s List Super Service Award for three years in a row and would be happy to help with your next pavers project. Call for your free consultation today and experience why pavers are better than concrete.
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