Choosing the right material
When building or remodeling a pool deck, patio, driveway, footpath or walkway,there are different materials you can use. Your choices range from crushed gravel, asphalt, a concrete slab, or interlocking concrete pavers.
There are many benefits associated with interlocking concrete pavers. Some benefits include their visual appeal, the range of colors, patterns and designs, and their strength. They are truly the best choice for your paving project. Here is why:
Interlocking Concrete Pavers are Durable
Interlocking concrete pavers are made to be physically durable and can carry 4 times the weight of your standard concrete slab. This added strength means it can withstand heavier loads and last a lot longer than an asphalt or concrete surface. Asphalt surfaces only have moderate strength. With the number of potholes in our roads, it does break down quite easily with traffic and weather conditions. You will need to refill gravel on a regular basis, so it doesn’t provide a durable surface at all for patios, walkways, or driveways.
Interlocking Concrete Pavers are Flexible
The small interlocking pieces on a concrete paving system can adjust to natural disasters in the environment without cracking. On the contrary, concrete slabs are solid with no flexibility whatsoever. Over time the slab will experience shrinkage as well as cracking. Although asphalt is somewhat flexible, it does soften in hot weather and will crack over a period of time. Because concrete pavers allow for a flexible surface, it lasts a long time and is more durable over time.
Low Maintenance & Repair Costs for Concrete Pavers
The maintenance and repair of interlocking pavers are easy and very affordable. If something causes a paver to become stained or damaged, just remove that particular paver and replace it with a new one. It’s as simple as that. Repairing and maintaining asphalt surfaces or concrete slabs is much more difficult. When these surfaces become stained or cracked, they must be resurfaced many times over the years. Gravel surfaces are uneven, unstable and require frequent refills. These are all high-maintenance solutions when compared to interlocking concrete pavers.
Easy Maintenance of Concrete Pavers
In addition, to keep pavers looking new, all you need to do is seal them every year or year and a half, depending on the level of traffic in the area. You may also want to pour in joint sand once in awhile to replace sand that has washed or swept away. That’s all there is to it!
Let’s face it; concrete, asphalt, and gravel are not good looking. You do not have much choice when it comes to style or color. Interlocking Concrete Pavers allow for unlimited combinations of styles, patterns, colors, and finishes. These will make your project look unique. Interlocking Concrete Pavers are strong yet flexible, beautiful yet inexpensive, making them the perfect choice for your patio, pool deck, walkway, courtyard or driveway.
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