Trying to decide between decorative concrete and pavers for your outdoor space can be a confusing dilemma, but take solace in the fact that you are not the only indecisive person in the world when it comes to deciding between this two. The best way to come to a decision would be to weigh the pros and cons of each against your own preferences and situations. To help you with that, check out the following hard facts about both traditional paving and decorative concreting.
Why Should You Use Concrete?
Perhaps the biggest advantage that concrete has over traditional pavers is the fact that it is a lot cheaper, but at the same time, that cheaper price tag doesn’t really come at the cost of any great sacrifice in terms of quality. We are not even talking about a tiny bit cheaper either because, on average, the price difference between per metre of pavers and concreting can be as high as 15%. Besides, modern cement stamping technology has made it possible for your driveway or walkway to look exactly like it has been paved if that’s what you want.
While that is the chief appeal here, the good news is that it’s not the only one. Concrete slabs are just a whole lot easier to install and, therefore, take less time and don’t cost as much in terms of labour charges. The colour, texture, and design options are also more varied and customizable if you decide to go with cementing instead of pavers. Finally, you will enjoy the added advantage of not having to remove weeds regularly, which inevitably start growing in-between pavers.
Are there Any Disadvantages?
As is the situation with everything else, decorative concrete doesn’t come without some faults of its own. It does tend to crack much more easily due to the very nature of concrete, so replacing cracked slabs will be necessary from time to time. However, opting for liquid limestone can take care of that problem for you because the combination of crushed limestone and cement is as durable and tough as it gets. It’s worth noting that concrete takes at least 4-7 days to be dry enough to become usable and during that time, the whole section will become completely unusable. Although slipperiness and heat retention can also be a problem in some areas, these are minor issues really and it is possible to take care of them by talking with your contractor before the job begins.
Is Concreting Better than Paving?
This is a matter of personal choice as discussed in the beginning, but pavers require more maintenance and may need to be replaced far more frequently, as compared to modern decorative cement jobs. Also, they are generally more expensive than cementing as well. That being said, pavers can withstand a lot more weight on them before cracking. Also, it’s a much more flexible and easier option to just replace a few damaged pieces than the whole slab. So, the choice is up to you really; choose whichever appeals to you the most and suits your current living conditions.