Date: 11/3/2016 3:11 PM CDT
When thinking about investing in a new driveway or patio, it
is very important to think in terms of the long run. You need to think about what
future maintenance will be required and also what choice will lead to more
benefits in the coming years. When you ask yourself the previous questions, the
answer is easy. Choose a paver patio or paver driveway. A concrete slab will settle
and crack leading to costly repairs. With the harsh winters of the midwest, this
happens faster than you would expect for such an expensive investment. Concrete also stains easily and fades over time. Repairing
or re-pouring a concrete slab takes more time and money because of difficult tear out and the replacement cost of the product. When you choose to invest in a paver patio or driveway, the future
maintenance is much easier and cost effective. Pavers are very strong and will
almost never crack. According to gopavers.com, “Concrete pavers will typically
support the weight of several cars and withstand pressure up to 8000 psi because of how they are made.
(Concrete can usually only hold weight up to 1500-2500 psi without cracking.)” As
you can see, pavers are very durable and much stronger than concrete, and if they do crack it is easier to replace. Pavers
can settle, and if they do, it will be limited to a portion of them. The
pavers can be repaired by simply removing the settled ones, re-compacting the
ground below them, and putting the same pavers back in place. This is a much
cheaper option than having to repair a concrete slab.
There are also other
great benefits to choosing pavers. If you are looking to add curb appeal or
value to your home or place of business, pavers are a great way to do so. There
are many different colors of pavers so you can match them with your home or go
with a colorful design that will be the centerpiece of your yard! With the wide variety in type of paver you are given the ability to choose a larger slate or smaller cobblestones that can better fit the theme or design of your home. The different styles and patterns of pavers also add different textures to your landscape and you are truly only limited by your creative imagination. Pavers can be cut, curved, or turned into any shape that you want,
creating the dynamic outdoor living space of your dreams.
Water flow is a major concern for both businesses and homeowners, the different types of pavers allow us to more easily and strategically control the flow of water than with concrete. Pavers give you permeability meaning that you can design the joints to allow water to settle between them and be absorbed into the ground. This is great for larger parking lots and areas with high volumes of water as it literally decreases the amount of water flowing or pooling on the lot. In other circumstances you can use tighter joints and polymeric sand to allow for less permeability in an effort to direct water away or towards an certain point.
So while the initial investment may be higher, pavers usually end up lasting longer and provide a more attractive investment to your property. The versatility of paver products give them a wide array of benefits that can be worth the costs. For more information about paver patios, driveways or the products we use, check out our catalogues at precisionlandscape-inc.com.