The two most common materials for constructing a patio or walkway are concrete and pavers. Both have their advantages and disadvantages so it can be difficult to decide which to use for the next project at your home or business.
Advantages of Concrete
Concrete is a very strong and durable option material type used not only for patios and walkways but roads, driveways and even parking lots. The biggest advantage is that it costs less than pavers, and the installation is usually less expensive because it takes much less time to install.
Disadvantages of Concrete
One of the biggest negatives with concrete is that it can crack from extreme temperature changes, and on the visual side, stains may be more noticeable on traditional concrete since it is white. Removing them requires extensive pressure washing or scrubbing.
Concrete does take a few 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 foot traffic.
Advantages of Pavers
There are several advantages to selecting pavers for your patio or sidewalk. Pavers are great withstanding temperature changes and they rarely crack, this leads to a very long lifespan. Pavers also come in dozens of styles, patterns and colors, so the space that is built with them is completely customizable.
Disadvantages of Pavers
Pavers involve a more labor-intensive installation process and also cost more to manufacture. So depending on the size of the space being built, it may take multiple days or even weeks to complete your project depending on the scope of the project.
So Which Is Better?
If you’re looking for a patio or walkway surface that is focused on utility instead of aesthetics, then concrete will be your best choice. If you want a truly unique outdoor space, pavers are going to be your best bet. To learn more about material types for your next patio, fill out our online form to schedule a consultation with the paver installation pros at Northwood Outdoor Services.