Concrete versus pavers. The right choice for your driveway depends on various factors, including your budget, aesthetic preferences, climate and maintenance requirements. Here’s a comparison of both options to help you make an informed decision:
Cost. Concrete driveways can be more affordable upfront compared to pavers. Of course, the cost can vary depending on the complexity of the design and the region. If you’re in Whatcom or Skagit counties, request a quote from an experienced concrete contractor like Custom Concrete Contracting.
Durability. Concrete is a durable material that can last for decades if properly maintained. It can withstand heavy vehicle traffic and is less susceptible to shifting or sinking.
Maintenance. Concrete driveways require relatively low maintenance. Sealing every few years can help protect it from stains, cracks and freeze-thaw damage.
Aesthetics. Concrete driveways can be enhanced with various finishes and decorative options like stamped concrete or colored concrete.
Installation. Concrete driveways are typically faster to install than pavers.
Climate. In areas with extreme temperature fluctuations or heavy freeze-thaw cycles, concrete may be prone to cracking over time.
Cost. Pavers are usually more expensive than concrete upfront due to the cost of the materials and labor. However, they are easier to repair than concrete.
Durability. Some pavers are large enough to handle heavy loads without cracking. They are flexible and less likely to be affected by ground movement.
Maintenance. Paver driveways are somewhat easy to maintain. If a paver becomes damaged, you can replace it individually. Weeds can grow in between and around pavers, so regular maintenance, including re-sanding every few years, is required.
Aesthetics. Pavers come in various shapes, sizes, colors and patterns, allowing for a wide range of driveway design possibilities.
Installation. Paver installation is more labor-intensive and time-consuming than pouring concrete. It is very important to have a level and stable surface.
Climate. Pavers can be a good choice in areas with extreme temperature variations or frequent freeze-thaw cycles as they can flex and move without cracking.
The choice between these two depends mostly on personal preference and long-term goals for your driveway.
It’s always a good idea to consult with a professional. If you would like to discuss installing a new driveway at your home, give Custom Concrete Contracting a call at 360-676-1665. Our concrete experts, trained and tested through the American Concrete Institute, serve Whatcom and Skagit counties on projects large and small.