Pavers, or paving stones, are installed individually leaving a narrow gap that is filled in with special paving sand. This method puts no stress on the pavers and allows them to shift without cracking in cases of ground movement, such as is caused by freeze-thaw conditions . An additional feature is that they have higher psi (pounds per square inch) strength t
han concrete and asphalt. Should damage to a paver ever occur, replacing them is relatively easy since they can be replaced individually and can be ordered by their color, shape and size.
The World is not Flat Since pavers come in a variety of colors, textures, shapes and sizes homeowners can custom design a patio that accommodates an uneven terrain. Look for a single-source paving manufacturer that also produces steps, walls, and outdoor kitchens. These manufacturers specifically design textures and colors that complement their patio pavers. This will allow you to create not only a patio, but a true outdoor living space; and by doing so, you’ll add valuable livable square footage (and value) to your home. Other Points to Consider:
- Reputable paver manufacturers guarantee that their pavers won’t crack or spall; you cannot obtain a similar guarantee for stamped concrete.
- Stamped concrete requires expansion joints every 10 feet or so, which are very distracting in some patterns.
- Patterned concrete pavements don’t allow access to underground utilities or the ability to make repairs.