Imagine you finally saved up enough money to rip out that old and torn up asphalt driveway that did a not so great of a job welcoming people to your home. Of course the natural tendency for most people is to pour a driveway of concrete and perhaps adorn it with a decorative border of brick – so naturally you follow this trend. For the first few months, the driveway is perfect! It is absolutely everything you wanted, and you wonder why you waited so long to replace what was originally there. But then one morning as you have your coffee in hand, you go out to grab the morning paper, and there is a large and unsightly crack in your concrete. At that exact moment, you recall the contractor warning you of such travesties. However, there is nothing you can do, but look at that crack every single day.
While concrete is a very affordable option for many home owners as well as commercial owners, it can also lacks on the side of longevity. The earth is constantly settling (even if you can’t feel it) and because concrete is a solid mass and an unmovable form, it can crack and break under the weight shift. In addition, depending on where you live, concrete can also be impacted by changes in the temperature. So the question that begs to be asked now is “where do pavers come into play”?
Right off the bat we are going to tell you that pavers do cost more than concrete. However, while you will need to replace your concrete every so often, you will get a much longer lifespan out of your pavers. One of the main benefits of selecting pavers over poured concrete is that pavers interlock together with a special type of grouting sand; they are not a solid form. This allows them to shift with changes in temperature as well as when the earth settles without cracking.
Now you might be thinking, I am not entirely sold on the idea of pavers, how strong are they really? This is a very common question, and it has been found that manufactured pavers are physically stronger than poured concrete and more durable than asphalt – are you impressed yet? Because of this, pavers can take more of whatever you, your family or your vehicles can throw at it all while retaining its beauty, shape and color.