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Which Is Better Concrete Patio Or Pavers?

The entrance to your home and the area around your garden leave impressions with guests, neighbors and those who drive home. Pavers or concrete could enhance the look of this area and make it stand out. Whether you want to upgrade your garden or completely redesign the look of your driveway, concrete and pavers are great options.


While the pavers and the concrete seem simple enough, the decision on which to choose is not always cut and dry. Below, we'll introduce you to both the positive and the negative to help you decide which one is best for your home.


1. Appearance

Pavers are usually more visually attractive than concrete slabs 1 because you can manipulate the pavers and create designs, and they come in a variety of colours. While concrete is not as plentiful when it comes to designs and colors, you can choose embossed or decorative concrete that gives a beautiful appearance.


Sprayed concrete may have added color to it, but that color generally fades quickly and may not look as nice as it once did. If you have added color to your concrete, it will have to be replicated every few years.


2. Costs

The cost of installing a pavement or a concrete slab depends on the surface area you want to cover, materials, work, and removal of previous pavements or concrete.


If you want pavers over 120 square feet of land to be installed, you 're looking at a cost of $560 to $850 for pavers. Labor costs range from $640 to $775. Materials, such as mortar 2, bonding materials and polymer sand, range from $55 to $65. Equipment costs between $55 and $80. The total cost of installing pavers for a 120 square foot area is between $1,310 and $1,770.


If you pour a concrete slab over a 120-square-foot area of land, you 're looking at a cost of $210 to $250 for concrete. Labor costs between $540 and $650. Materials, such as reinforcement and cleaning supplies, range from $30 to $35. Equipment will cost between $85 and $150 on average. The total cost of installing a concrete slab over 120 square feet will be between $865 and $1,085.


3. Installation

Pavers are considered more difficult to install than concrete because they are poured out of a concrete slab, while the pavers must be laid individually by hand. It's almost always recommended that you have both options professionally installed. It's possible to complete a paver job as a DIY project if you're planning to use the pavers around your landscape or in your garden, but larger surface areas should be professionally done.


Concrete slabs are generally poured and then allowed to dry and cure, which may take a few days. Once the area is dry, it's ready to be used. Typically, the installation involves the excavation, grading of the land, and preparation of the foundation.


Installation of pavements is a bit more detailed and requires proper planning, excavation and grading. Once this is done, the pavers will be laid, and polymer sand or other adhesive-like material will be used to join the pavers.


4. Durability

Concrete slabs are more prone to splitting and cracking, especially if the ground below them shifts. In addition, temperature changes can also affect the concrete slab and cause cracking.Pavers don't tend to crack, but they can loosen up over time. If that happens, it can become a hazard, and you need to replace the individual paver.


One of the nice things about pavers is that they are four times as strong as a typical concrete slab, which means that they can handle four times as much weight on their surface before they crack. When it comes to durability, the pavers tend to be more flexible, especially when cracks or problems occur. You can replace the individual pads, while you have to replace the entire concrete slab when cracking occurs.


Concrete lasts for many years, but it's a bit harder to work with. Pavers are generally a go-to option if you want to decorate around your driveway or in your garden.


5. Maintenance

Concrete is considered easy to maintain, but cracks and stains with time, which will require the replacement of the concrete slab. Stamped concrete is easy to maintain and only needs to be rinsed and washed with a dish of soap and a scrub brush. Protective sealants may be added to the concrete to help block stains, but this sealant needs to be re-applied on a regular basis in order to continue working.


Pavers are generally easy to clean, but not as easy as concrete because they are not a single slab. One of the biggest concerns with concrete and pavers is weeds, which often grow between cracks and pavers. When pavers are placed, polymer sand is often used to help interlock the pavers, which gives them more durability. Polymer sand is a granular material that is poured between cracks and cracks.


6. Safety

Concrete slabs can become slippery when wet, especially if they have been treated with a protective sealant or painted. When the concrete is slippery, the shoes can't hold it, and the fall can happen.


Pavers don't have as much of a slippery issue as a concrete slab. This is because the pavers are placed individually, and you can choose pavers with raised edges to help improve grip. If you choose concrete pavements, you may have the same problem that they can become slippery when wet.


7. Repairs

Repairs are easy when it comes to pavers, because you can do a repair on the top or even under the paver in question. Generally, if the paver has to be replaced, it can be without having to replace all the other pavements or even those around it.


Repairs to concrete are more difficult, because when the concrete cracks or repairs underneath need to be made, the concrete must be removed and then a new slab laid.

Are You Considering Pavers for Patio? 

At DPG Pavers and Design, we’ve been providing our customers with specialized Landscape and Hardscape Design and Build services for over 30 years. With offices throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, we are the best curb-appeal and outdoor living space designer and installers for homes, apartments and municipalities.  Appearing on HGTV’s Curb Appeal and featured on Discovery Channel’s program Renovation Nation, our team of skilled designers and landscape engineers provide top-quality service and professionalism our customers love.  Have a patio in need of an upgrade? Contact DPG Pavers and Design to schedule your free consultation today!

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