Benefits of Concrete Brick Pavers
Traditional concrete, asphalt or gravel driveways pale in comparison to the beauty of driveway pavers.
There are many benefits to installing concrete pavers that make them the best value even when compared to cobblestone, stamped concrete, or clay pavers.
Concrete pavers come in a wide variety of surface finishes, colors, and shapes, as well as laying patterns to compliment the architectural style of your home.
Cobblestones have wide joints which encourage weeds and have a surface that makes walking difficult. Concrete pavers won't crack like asphalt or poured-in-place concrete. This is because each unit has joints that allow for a small amount of movement without cracking. Additionally, cobblestones can be 3-4 times more expensive than concrete pavers.
Concrete Pavers – Stronger than Stamped Concrete
Concrete pavers are stronger than ordinary or stamped concrete which gives you the assurance that the pavement for your driveway, patio or pool deck will look beautiful for a very long time. Pavers are easy to clean and require little maintenance.
Clay pavers mainly come in shades of red and have a limited number of shapes available.
One of the biggest advantages of choosing concrete pavers is that if a repair ever does become necessary, stained or broken pavers can be easily replaced without ugly patches by just removing and reinstating new pavers. This is not true of asphalt, concrete, or stamped concrete.
Comparison of Pavement Systems
· Flexible without cracking
· Does not require expansion joints
· Resistant to spilled fuel and oil
· Virtually unlimited combination of solid & blended colors, shapes and patterns
· May be used immediately upon completion of installation
· May be disassembled to repair subgrade or underground services then reinstalled with no unsightly patch
· Skid and slip resistant surface
· Cooler surface
· Easy to work to grade transitions
· Long design life
· Low life cycle costs
· Virtually maintenance free
Poured- in-Place Concrete:
· Cracks from load flexing and from thermal expansion and contraction
· Difficult to effectively repair and repairs are obvious
· Design life longer than asphalt, less than Pavers
· Must cure before use
· Subject to environmental curing
· Needs expansion joints
· Stamped concrete is typically only colored on top
· Flexible, but more apt to crack than Pavers
· Cracks from evaporation of essential oils
· Dissolved by spilled fuels and oil
· Limited color
· Patches and repairs are obvious
· Relatively short design life
· Must be sealed on a regular basis
· Loses strength with increase in temperature
· Installation requires special equipment