Pavers vs Concrete and Soil Types
On this opportunity we will talk about some important considerations regarding whether to choose Pavers or concrete for your patio and why at Gmoscape we definitely recommend you going with pavers.
We summarized this into 4 essential points. Take a cup of coffee and enjoy!
1.Why Pavers and not concrete patios, wood decks or Trex decking?
Paver patios have many upsides to these other patio materials. Concrete patios can crack, move and become discolored over time. They also have a limited number of colors and designs while paver patios provide endless possibilities. Concrete patios also have a maximum of 5000 PSI while pavers can off you up to and exceed 10,000 PSI. This increased PSI allows pavers driveway application. When concrete patios fail you will need to remove and replace the entire concrete patio area which often cost more than the initial install. Pavers can be replaced or repaired in sections. Pavers patios are durable to in climate weather areas and can always be repaired without the cost of having to remove the entire paver patio area. Paver patios also give you much more flexibility in design and budget compared to wooded or Trex decks. Often times you can get a much larger area covered by paver patios then decks due to material costs. And keep in mind almost every single manufacture offers a life time warranty on their paving stone products!
2. Variety of Paver Patio materials.
Pavers patios offer you thousands of different colors and styles from many different paver manufactures. 90% of patio pavers come 2-3/8” thick while the rest are 3-1/4” thick. This will give you the ability to combine different manufacturer's styles and colors to create a space unique to you! One that your neighbors could have never imagine! The amount of pavers from company’s like Cambridge, Techo Bloc, Unilock, Belgard, Nicolock, Ideal, CST, Pavestone, Keystone along with natural stone give the ability to design a Patio space truly unique to your needs.
3. What does the existing sub soil in the desired area patio area looks like?
There are many factors that go into what goes under your paver patio area. We refer to this as the base. This is the most important detail of your paver patio project, don’t plan on cutting corners and saving money in your budget with the base of your patio! Does your yard have rocky, sandy, clay or topsoil subgrade that needs to be addressed to install your paver patio correctly? Areas that are rocky could have an effect on your budget if typical construction equipment can’t prep the area and additional equipment is needed. Clay sub soils require extra care such as digging down deeper and using items like trap rock, geotextile, fabrics and even underground drainage which is used in permeable pavers areas. For example, typically sandy and good soil conditions can lead to quicker and less expensive installing processes, leaving you more of your budget for items like fire pits and sitting areas.
4. Are there drainage issues in your desired area?
The biggest threat to a paver patio is water! It is important to address any drainage issues on or around your paver patio as it is essential to ensuring your investment is safe for years to come. Do you currently have an area that drains poorly? Do you have any down spouts from the roof gutters that will affect your patio area? Are you able to pitch your patio to an area of the yard to ensure proper drainage? Do you need a water retention system for your gutter or patio? Maybe a curtain drain against a garage door where a driveway slopes back towards the house? Make sure to discuss your drainage issues with you contractor and have a plan to make sure water can't erode away your investment.
Remember we are here to give you all the information you need to make your outdoor living space projects a big success!