When you do the sums, paving can seem like a big investment and with big investments come big decisions. However there are many benefits of paving with concrete pavers over poured concrete because of their durability, flexibility and aesthetics. Make sure you consider all factors when making your decision.
Poured concrete slabs tend to crack over time due to movement as they only have a few expansion joints. Pavers on the other hand are like little individual concrete slabs with expansion joints between each paver allowing movement without cracking. What’s more, since there are gaps between every paver, you would likely never see a crack if a single paver developed one and you can replace individual pavers if required. Also, due to the controlled environment in which they are manufactured, concrete pavers have high compressive strength compared to a concrete slab.
Concrete pavers are also more adaptable, for instance you can install additional pavers at any point in time. Poured concrete on the other hand cannot be added to without repouring which results in a patchy finish to your area. Furthermore, if the ground moves or a root invades resulting in a rise or fall in the paving, a small area of pavers can be pulled up to allow this maintenance work. A slab on the other hand would have to be completely replaced.
Finally, pavers deliver additional beauty and wow factor when compared to standard poured concrete. With the ability to mix colours and patterns, pavers turn an otherwise boring patio, driveway or path into a vital part of your home’s visual appeal.
Whilst poured concrete may seem quicker, easier and cheaper than pavers, the durability, adaptability and charm of concrete pavers make them a worthwhile investment for any home.