The two most common materials for constructing a patio are concrete and pavers. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so it can be difficult to decide on a material type for the patio at your home. Here are some of the top pros and cons of both:
Advantages of Pavers
There are several advantages to hiring paver patio installers. Pavers are good at withstanding temperature changes and they rarely crack. They have a long lifespan and work great for not only patios and walkways and outdoor living spaces, but also residential driveways because they allow for a completely custom design, giving your home unmatched curb appeal.
Pavers also can offer many styles and patterns, so they’re more customizable, which can lead to increased curb appeal.
Another factor is that many hardscape manufacturers offer product lines providing both pavers and retaining wall block, these are typically designed with similar colors, sizing and texture, which can further compliment the exterior appearance of your home or business.
Disadvantages of Pavers
Pavers cost more up-front than concrete and they require a more extensive installation process. Depending on the size of the patio, it may take several days to complete the job.
If your paved structure is going to endure a lot of traffic or heavy vehicles such as semi trucks, pavers can be susceptible to damage and concrete may be the better option in the application
Advantages of Concrete
Poured concrete is a strong and durable option for your patio. It costs less per square foot than pavers, and the installation is usually less expensive because it’s not as labor intensive. Poured concrete is also typically maintenance free.
Stamped concrete allows for creating impressive and stylish designs that are unique and colorful. Allowing for a distinctive appearance at a price more cost-effective than pavers.
Disadvantages of Concrete
Concrete can crack from ground movement or extreme temperature changes. Stains may be more noticeable on traditional concrete than on pavers, and they may not go away entirely with power washing.
Concrete takes multiple days to cure, and all traffic must stay off until the curing process is complete. With a paver patio, once the polymeric sand in the joints dries thoroughly (24-48 hours), your paver structure is ready for regular use.
So Which Is The Best Option For Your Patio Project?
Pavers and concrete are both good choices for your patio. If you prefer a simple, straightforward, and budget-friendly option, concrete may be the way to go. If you want something more customizable, you may prefer pavers. To learn more about patio, walkway or driveway installation, reach out to the team at Infantry Landscaping today to schedule a consultation.