CONCRETE VS PAVERS
- Today, consumers have several options when replacing a driveway or other hardscape — brick, concrete, asphalt, stamp concrete and paving stones. Traditionally brick, concrete and asphalt were used for driveways as the cost of working with superior quality pavers tended to be too great. The last several years, however, have seen paver prices drop substantially due to improved manufacturing technology and speed making it possible for many savvy homeowners to make the switch to paving stones.
- Beautiful and versatile, pavers increase property value and are typically easier to maintain. They also offer more flexibility for repairs. Pavers come with a warranty against breaks and cracks and are easy to replace when necessary. If plumbing or electrical problems occur beneath the surface of your concrete or asphalt driveway, the only option is to break the surface and patch it afterward leaving un-attractive scars that rarely match the existing design. With pavers, a single isolated section of the layout can be easily removed and later replaced with the same design and configuration sometimes within the very same day, making repairs look seamless.
- This same flexibility comes in handy when having to replace sections of hardscape that have been stained by oil, dirt or other damaging substances. With pavers, you can simply remove the blemished areas and replace them with back-up paving stones from your original stock, rather than having to break up the surface and spend days patching it up. Pavers effectively withstand root growth without breaking or cracking and can be more easily leveled when necessary than concrete or asphalt. They are durable and design friendly and thanks to modern technology, are now affordable as well!
CONCRETE VS PAVERS
Interlocking Concrete Pavers:
- Flex without cracking.
- Do not require expansion joints.
- Resistant to spilled fuel and oil.
- Resistant to freeze/thaw damage.
- Resistant to de-icing compounds.
- Virtually unlimited combination of solid and blended colors, shapes and laying patterns.
- May be used immediately upon completion of installation.
- May be disassembled to repair subgrade or underground services then reinstalled with no unsightly patch.
- Skid and slip resistant surface.
- Cooler surface.
- Easy to work to grade transitions.
- Long design life.
- Low life cycle costs.
- Virtually maintenance free.
Concrete / Stamped Concrete:
- Cracks from load flexing and from thermal.
- expansion and contraction.
- Difficult to effectively repair and repairs are obvious.
- Less resistant to de-icing compounds than ICP.
- Design life longer than asphalt, less than ICP.
- Must cure before use.
- Subject to environment during curing.
- Needs expansion joints.
- Stamped concrete typically colored only on the top.
* Geo-Fabric Layer Installation (where applicable, may incur additional cost)
AVERAGE PAVERS AND CONCRETE COST – CALIFORNIA 2014
- Poured Concrete Cost - $8-$12 per square foot, Price include demo and compressive strength of 2500 psi. (No warranty available in concrete, crack may show up the next day)
- Stamped Concrete Cost - $12-$16 per square foot, Price include demo and compressive strength of 2500 psi. (No warranty available in concrete, crack may show up the next day)
- Pavers Cost - $9-$15 per square foot, Price include demo of existing surface, compressive strength of 8000 psi. (Warranty against cracks, change of color, breaking. Easy to maintenance, increase property value). CHECK OUR ONLINE PAVERS PRICES (include installation)
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