The two most common materials for paving a patio are concrete and pavers. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so it can be difficult to decide whether to go with a concrete or a pavers for the patio at your home or business. You should carefully weigh the pros and cons before choosing one.
Advantages of Pavers
There are several advantages to choosing the route of pavers for your patio. Pavers are good at withstanding temperature changes, and they rarely crack, leading to a very long lifespan. Pavers also come in many styles and patterns, so they’re more customizable, which can increase overall aesthetics.
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 or even weeks in some cases to complete the job.
Advantages of Concrete
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.
Disadvantages of Concrete
Concrete can crack from extreme temperature changes. Stains may be more noticeable on traditional concrete than on pavers since concrete is white, 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 Better?
Pavers and concrete are both great choices for your patio. If you prefer a simple, straightforward, and cost-effective option, concrete will be the way to go. If you want something that’s customized, go with pavers. To learn more about installation for your next patio, reach out to the paver and concrete installation pros at CollinsBrooke Landscape Construction today.