PAVERs VS. Concrete

At American Paving Design educating our clients is a top priority. Below we have outlined the differences between paver and concrete driveways so you can make the best choice for your home.

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Paver Driveways

Why are Pavers Better than Concrete?

Pavers are more expensive to install but they do not crack! Because pavers are individual units, the natural joints move with pressure eliminating the cracking inherent to conventional concrete pavement.  In fact, pavers actually increase in structural capacity over time.  With a minimum rating of 8000 psi, paving stones are one of the strongest paving materials rivaled only by brick.  But unlike brick, pavers often come with a lifetime warranty.

Repairing Paver Driveways:

If a driveway made of pavers does need repair, the repair is simple. Pavers are manufactured to be uniform, so they are easily replaced without leaving ugly patches and scars.  This is achieved by removing any damaged bricks and replacing them with new brick pavers.  If a tree root is lifting a few pavers in your driveway, it is simple to remove the pavers from the disturbed area, cut the tree roots out, and replace the pavers.  If deformation occurs due to the shifting of the paver base, remove the individual pavers, level the base, and re-install the same pavers.  It’s so easy and your driveway will look like new!

Curing Time of Pavers

Also unlike concrete, pavers do not require time to cure. Once the installation is finished your driveway is ready to use.  In addition, pavers are environmentally friendly because their joints allow for water drainage.  The joints also enhance skid resistance and decrease nighttime glare.  Furthermore, if you’re looking to impress, pavers offer unlimited options for beauty because they come in endless patterns, shapes, colors, and textures.

Finding Paver Contractors

If you are interested in adding or replacing a driveway with paving stones, remember that not all paver contractors are equal.  Some contractors may attempt to make more profit by skimping on certain steps and improper installations cause problems of their own. Contact us to learn more about the steps contractors should take when installing your paver driveway.

Concrete Driveways

What You Need to Know About Concrete

Concrete is versatile and can mold into almost any shape or size.  Concrete, used for driveways, is also very inexpensive to install. Between its versatility and inexpensive cost, concrete is the most common choice for driveways. Unfortunately, plain gray concrete can look stark and industrial.  For this reason, some homeowners opt to have their concrete driveways stamped or dyed to replicate the look of brick, cut stone, or cobblestone. This option adds to the cost of the driveway, but it is still less expensive to install than other driveway materials, such as pavers.

While poured or stamped concrete is affordable in the short-term, both choices create cost over time.  This is because concrete inevitably cracks.  Common causes of cracking include:

  • When it moves due to heavy loads or settlement
  • When it shrinks over time
  • When it expands or contracts from changes in the weather.

Once concrete cracks, it is nearly impossible to repair it so that it looks new again. This is especially true with stamped concrete, which is difficult to match in color and pattern.