A beautiful, broad driveway winding through the landscape can really raise the opulence and prestige of a Middletown NJ home. However, a driveway is only as good as the materials utilized in its construction. Pavers and poured concrete are two popular options, each promising a different set of merits. But which one is right for your project?
Aesthetics are always an important consideration when choosing construction materials for a driveway project. Concrete pavers certainly have an advantage here due to their virtually unlimited range of colors and textures. Whether your design calls for the simple beauty of natural stone, the distinctive visage of clay bricks or sleek, clean lines, you are bound to find concrete pavers that fit the bill. It is also quite easy to mix and match different textures and colors, as well as experiment with a variety of laying patterns, giving you plenty of design freedom.
Poured concrete offers a relatively monotonous aesthetic. Polyurethane stamps are often used to create designs on the surface before the concrete sets. Similarly, colors can be added to the mixture before pouring to add some vividness to your design. However, the choice of options is usually restricted by a limited variety of stamps, giving concrete pavers a distinct advantage in this department.
The upfront cost-effectiveness of poured concrete is one of the major reasons for its popularity. A poured concrete driveway can cost significantly less than one made of interlocking pavers...initially. What should be kept in mind, however, is the long term benefits of opting for concrete pavers instead. While poured concrete may cost less to begin with, concrete pavers offer returns on long term maintenance costs and overall property value.
Maintenance and durability
In terms of maintenance complexity and durability, poured concrete requires the application of a sealant every two to three years to prevent cracks from developing. However, as cracks develop over time, there is no way to repair poured concrete other than to use unsightly filling compounds or to replace the entire structure.
Despite their slightly more complex installation, driveways constructed from concrete pavers are relatively maintenance free. They are more resistant to cracks, and as they are comprised of individual pieces, replacing damaged pavers is quite simple and does not compromise the driveway’s facade. They also do not require the regular application of sealant which is a necessity for poured concrete. That said, paved driveways are generally less rigid than their poured concrete counterparts and can settle unevenly over the course of time. However, this is quickly and easily remedied by a contractor with even basic paver installation knowledge.
Although both construction materials have their pros and cons, the most important factors of your driveway project’s performance and longevity is the quality of the installation and materials. At Le-ed Concrete & Supply Co. we can recommend the ideal materials and offer you advice for their application if you’re a contractor, or recommend a contractor who will cater to the nuances of your property and soil, as well as your budget and aesthetic preferences, if you’re a homeowner.
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