Pavers vs Concrete with Wavy10

Pavers or Concrete?

If you’re planning to build a pool deck or patio, the primary debate is whether to use pavers or concrete.

Before we settle the debate, let’s talk about the biggest difference between pavers and concrete. I always joke that there are two types of concrete: concrete that has cracked, and concrete that will crack. And yes, I’m a pavers salesman, so of course, I will try to talk you into using pavers! But I do love the aesthetics and the possibilities with pavers, how you can make a space feel warm, inviting, and full of character, especially compared to concrete. Pavers are also lower maintenance long-term, but they do cost more. So, we often get into this debate: do you choose lower cost and cheaper installation, or higher cost but with a lot more warmth and interest in your space?

Are Pavers Better than Concrete?

Is one option really better than the other? I believe the ambiance you want to create in your space is the deciding factor. There are also situations when pavers are the better choice. For instance, if you need a permeable material for water seepage or if you’re working near trees and want to minimize disruption, pavers are the right option. Unlike concrete, pavers can be adjusted and reset as tree roots grow and shift, preventing damage. Pavers are versatile, and durable and can enhance the appearance of your space. In my opinion, there’s really no debate.

Paver Patio Installation

Let’s discuss the installation process for pavers. When installing a patio, we start by laying down a fabric on the base, followed by 4 to 5 inches of #57 gravel, then topped with #8 gravel, and finally placing the pavers on top. In simple terms, this means creating a solid base to ensure the pavers stay in place and prevent weed growth. One common concern is that pavers may shift or allow weeds to grow, but this is often due to poor installation. When installed correctly, pavers can last a long time without causing any issues.

The biggest advantage of using pavers is the wide variety of looks and textures available. Personally, I really like the Techo Bloc Borealis because it has a rustic wood grain appearance. With so many different colors and textures to choose from, you can easily find one that suits your style and personality.

How Much Does it Cost?

Now for the question you’re all asking: what’s the price difference between pavers and concrete? I’ll be honest, there is a significant variation, but we believe it’s worth it in the long run. If you opt for brushed concrete, the cost will be around $10 per square foot. However, if you choose stamped concrete, the price will likely increase to $18 to $20 per square foot. For a standard paver option, you can expect to pay $25 to $30 per square foot. What’s interesting about pavers is that for projects under 500 square feet, they can be more cost-effective than concrete due to the lower setup cost. However, for larger spaces, concrete becomes more cost-effective.

Setting the Ambiance for Your Yard

When it comes to choosing between pavers and concrete for your pool deck or patio, pavers offer numerous advantages that make them a compelling option. While they may come at a higher initial cost, pavers provide a wider range of aesthetics, durability, and long-term maintenance benefits. Their ability to create a warm and inviting space, along with the flexibility to adjust to environmental factors, makes them a superior choice for many homeowners. Ultimately, the decision between pavers and concrete depends on the specific needs, budget, and desired ambiance of the project.

For a more in-depth converstaion on pavers vs concrete, check out this post where we chat with Adam from Commercial Concrete about six major differences between pavers and concrete in your outdoor space.