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Pavers vs. Concrete: Which Is Best For Your Patio or Pool Deck?

The two most common options used when building a patio are concrete and pavers. Both have pros and cons, so it can be a tough choice to pick whether you want 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. Patio pavers are great at withstanding temperature changes which occur frequently in southeast Michigan. Plus they rarely crack, leading to a very long lifespan. Pavers, whether they are concrete, flagstone or natural stone also come in countless colors, styles, shapes and patterns so a space built with them is much more customizable.

Disadvantages of Pavers

Pavers require a more labor-intensive installation process and the material itself costs more than concrete. 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 durable material that is a suitable 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. For many projects, the installation takes less than a day.

Disadvantages of Concrete

Concrete can crack from extreme temperature changes. On the side of aesthetics, since traditional concrete is white, stains are more noticeable and the removal process generally involves an extensive amount of pressure washing.

Concrete also takes multiple days to cure. So during this time traffic must stay off until the curing process is complete. With a paver patio, once the polymeric sand in the joints dries thoroughly (usually within 24-48 hours), your paver structure is ready for foot traffic.

So Which Is Better?

If you prefer a simple and cost-effective option and can do without the customized appearance, concrete will be a great option. If you want your outdoor living space to stand out and be completely unique, then pavers are the way to go. 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 Legacy Landscape.

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