If you are a new homeowner deciding on the landscaping for your new home, you may be wavering between installing a concrete driveway or a paver driveway. In this article, we’ll tell you a few things you should know about each option before you make your choice.
What You Should Know About Pavers
Pavers come in natural stone, brick, or concrete. Installing pavers is more expensive than poured concrete costing between $12-$15 per square foot. However, as expert pavers, we feel the benefits of pavers outweighs the initial cost of installation.
Pavers are aesthetically pleasing and add special character to your home due to the wide selection of colors and patterns you can choose from. Pavers are also strong, durable, and have a nonskid surface. Unlike poured concrete, pavers can expand and contract without cracking. Installation is easy and repair is easier since specific areas can be repaired instead of replacing the whole driveway. Pavers are also easy to maintain with regular sweeping and cleaning by owners. It is highly recommended that you get a paver cleaning in Land O Lakes and a pressure wash periodically to extend the life of your pavers and to ensure that stains and weeds are removed.
What You Should Know About Concrete
Concrete driveways are great because they require little maintenance. Concrete usually remains cool to the touch so that you can walk on it with your bare feet. Concrete driveways can either give your home a sleek and polished look or a dull and cold look, but pavers can also be stained a different color to liven up your home’s curb appeal.
Unfortunately, weather changes can cause concrete to expand. Before choosing concrete, think about the likelihood that you’d want to do some resurfacing. If your concrete is poured incorrectly, cracking will occur and you would need to replace the whole driveway if you wanted to restore its appearance. Installing concrete costs between $4 and $10 per square foot but the larger the area and whether you choose to stain it, the more expensive it becomes. Additionally, concrete driveways are more susceptible to stains which will require special stain removers.
The Best of Both Worlds
If you prefer concrete over any other option of your driveway, the good news is that you can choose concrete pavers instead of poured pavers. With concrete pavers, you don’t have to worry about a complete resurfacing like you would with traditional concrete. If your concrete pavers need a serious makeover, a paver restoration in Land O Lakes is a cinch with the easy removal and replacing of individual pavers.