The two most common materials for installing a patio are concrete and pavers. Both have pros and cons, so it can be difficult to decide whether to use concrete or 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 countless styles, patterns and colors, so a space built with them is much more customizable.
Disadvantages of Pavers
Pavers require a more labor-intensive installation process and also cost more. So depending on the size of the patio, it may take multiple days or even weeks to complete your project depending on the scope of work.
Advantages of Concrete
Concrete is incredibly strong and is a durable option for your patio. The biggest advantage is the material costs less than pavers, and the installation is usually less expensive because it’s quite not as labor-intensive.
Disadvantages of Concrete
Concrete can crack from extreme temperature changes. On the visual side, stains may be more noticeable on traditional concrete since it is white, and to remove them usually requires extensive 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?
If you prefer a simple and cost-effective option, traditional concrete will be your best bet. If you want a truly unique outdoor space, pavers are the best choice. To learn more about material types for your next patio, fill out our online form to schedule a consultation with the paver and concrete installation pros at TopLine Lawn Care & Landscaping.