By Jo Marshall |

Pavers vs Concrete.

Hear what the experts have to say when it comes to pavers vs concrete. As well as why pavers are the best choice when it comes to driveways. And the surrounding areas of your home for a number of reasons.

Add Value to your Home.

Pavers are the best option to add visual appeal to your property. As well as adding value to your home. Pavers come in a range of colours, styles, sizes and textures. Thus, meaning you can match them to the style and surroundings of your home. Poured concrete however, can get unsightly cracks caused from soil movement. Concrete also doesn’t have the same aesthetic appeal that pavers do. They are sturdy, durable, low maintenance. Easily repairable, best value for money and don’t crack.

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Havenslab Driveway Pavers - Sunstone 400 x 200 Pavers
Pavers vs concrete & which is best. Concrete driveway cracked

User Friendly.

Paving is a great option for the DIYer.  With the right know-how. Resources and tools, you can undertake your own projects. If you get a tradie in to do your paving. It can be easier and more cost effective to use pavers over poured concrete. Plus, using pavers have a lot more flexibility and you can create some great designs and styles with your paving. These are all great reasons showcasing the debate of pavers vs concrete. As well as why pavers are the best posible choice.

You can view our DIY Paving guide here.

Versatility and Paver Designs.

There are lots of unique designs you can achieve with paving. Pavers come in huge range of patterns, colours, sizes and finishes that you can’t achieve with concrete and because of the large selection you can choose from, you can create some stunning patterns. Sizes available range from 600x600mm to 200x100mm and with the various colours plus textures, you can also complement any surrounding elements of your home and garden.

You can view our Paving Patterns brochure here.

Repairable

If you need to access underground services, pavers are much more easily repairable than concrete. Cutting through concrete to access any underground services can be challenging and then to try and repair the concrete can be difficult and will not match with the existing concrete and will appear ‘patched up’. However, with pavers, these can easily be removed and then replaced, which makes them much easier to deal with and look aesthetically better. Another reason when comparing the question of pavers vs concrete, and why we are a massive advocate for pavers.

With South Australia’s highly reactive soil types there is a high incidence of concrete cracking.  Though it requires almost no maintenance, it is not as appealing and versatile as pavers.

Can be replaced

Keep a few spare pavers on hand so that if you ever crack or stain a paver, you can simply remove it and replace it with a new one.

Long Lasting - concrete vs pavers and what is best?

If you look after your pavers with proper maintenance then rest assured they will last you for many years to come.  Pavers are extremely durable and you can also get them in various finishes and textures which makes them a great for areas that require a slip resistant finish. And for extra peace of mind, you can seal your pavers to help keep them looking like the day they were laid. At APC, we have a range of sealers which helps avoid stains and marks.

You can view our guide on paver maintenance and remedies here.

Self-Draining

Pavers should be placed on a solid road base and a layer of bedding Sand which maintains the permeability of the pavers. If you lay pavers properly around your house, then problem of ground water around your home will not occur. If you lay your pavers in accordance with our DIY paving brochure, the problem of ground water around your home should not occur.

Havenslab Driveway Pavers - Charcoal 400 x 200 Pavers
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Concrete Driveway Pavers | Charcoal Exposed Aggregate Walkway Pavers

Value for Money.

Pavers vs concrete. What is best value and why? The best thing about pavers is they are available at very affordable prices. It does not matter the style you choose as there is a cost effective option within that range. Paving is cheaper compared to concrete and are a higher quality product. The cost effectiveness also applies in terms of installing. The only time the costs are almost similar is the preparation time because the space has to be excavated, levelled and filled with the bedding material which forms the base. In order for your pavers to be laid correctly and to last, it is advisable to use appropriate bedding sand under the pavers.

Easy to update

How easy is it to remove a concrete slab? It will require you use either a sledge hammer, demolition saw or a jack hammer. If the concrete slab you want to remove covers a large space, then you must apply the use of excavators and bobcats. However this is not the case when it comes to pavers. Pavers only require you to lift these and relay your new pavers.

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Drivestone and Exposed Aggregate Concrete Paver, Driveway Pavers, Drivestone Ebony
Brick Paver Side Pathway | Beach Sand

How do I know what types of pavers are best suited for my area?

There are various options for paving your patio or driveway. As well as any other paving project around your home. Make sure you look at the features and benefits of the pavers so you can ensure they will suit the functionality of your area and your lifestyle.

Economical options.

If you are looking for the most economical option. We have a range of budget pavers that still provide aesthetic appeal. You can view our Budget Pavers here.

Another option is our brick pavers which are cost effective and versatile. As they can be used for a range of purposes and because they come in 50mm and 60mm. Thus meaning they can be used for driveways as well. View our brick pavers here.

We also have a range of specials and seconds which are ideal for budget conscious paving areas. View our specials and second pavers here.

Some people use our seconds range for areas such as garden and tool sheds or chook sheds. View our seconds range of pavers here.

It’s always best to visit your nearest Australian Paving Centre to view their seconds range as their stock can change quickly. Find your nearest APC here.

Stoneware Pool Pavers | Beachport Sand
Coastal Stone 450 x 450 Patio and Alfresco Pavers- Charcoal
Euro Stone Outdoor Pavers | Riverina 400 x 400 Pavers

Salt and slip resistant.

Not all pavers are created equal. Pavers around your pool need to be slip resistant as well as salt resistant. This prevents injury and allows the pavers to withstand pool water.  Travertine pavers are not only slip resistant and salt resistant. But they are cool under foot which are perfect for areas in full sun.  They also pass the wet bare foot test which makes them perfect for families especially with children.

You can view our range of pool pavers here.

And our range of Travertine pavers here.

Another thing you may want to consider is if you want a seamless finish. Is matching pool copers and step treads. Not all pavers have matching pool coping so make sure you check this first. View our range of pool coping and step treads here.

Lifestyle spaces.

If you're paving an entertaining space then you may want to consider a paver that is hard wearing, durable and stain resistant.  Especially, if you have children or pets, you may also want to consider a paver that is scratch resistant. Consider the space you are paving as well as your lifestyle to ensure your paver meets your expectations.

Our porcelain Stoneware pavers are very popular for this reason. The reason why is they have so many features. Such as scratch, slip and salt resistant, hard wearing, strong and durable. They are also very stylish due to their large format size. View our range of Stoneware pavers here.

If you have a smaller alfresco space but want to create the illusion of a larger area. Then consider large format pavers. They are stylish and we have a huge range of colours and finishes. View our range of large format pavers here.

You can view our complete range of patio and alfresco pavers here.

Load bearing areas.

If you are paving an area that needs to sustain heavy loads, such as driveways. Then you need a paver that is a minimum 50mm thick. You can view our range of driveway pavers here.

This is also where your paving patterns are not just for aesthetics. But for functionality as well. If you use a brick paver and lay it in an interlocking pattern such as a herringbone pattern. Then this increases it’s durability and strength.

Exposed Aggregate Concrete pavers.

Exposed aggregate pavers provide a non-slip textured finish as the top layer of the paver has been removed to expose the aggregate within the paver. They are also an eco-friendly paver option as they are made from recycled products. They are also hard wearing and great for high foot traffic areas. View our exposed aggregate concrete pavers here.

Concrete pavers.

Are inexpensive compared to pavers made of sandstone, granite, clay. And are more durable, particularly when used in driveways. Concrete pavers are far more practical than poured concrete. The important benefit of concrete pavers is that they expand and contract with the seasons. Therefore, they do not crack like concrete slabs. View our concrete pavers here.

Coastal Stone 600 x 400 - Cappuccino
Clay Driveway and Clay Patio Pavers - Earth 230 x 114 Pavers
Drivestone and Exposed Aggregate Concrete Paver Driveway Pavers, Drivestone Ebony

Why should I pave my driveway instead of using poured concrete?

A driveway is one of the first things that people notice when they are passing by your house. Therefore it’s important to note that first impressions count. Now, that being said. There are a range of driveway paving options that are available for you to re-imagine your driveway. However, some offer more flexibility than others.

For example.

There are a lot of benefits in choosing pavers. Pavers offer a bigger range of colours. Patterns and textures that you can’t necessarily achieve with concrete.

While some people believe that pavers are hard to curve. They can easily curve and offer flexibility in so many other areas. With our pavers you can mix and match colours with a complementary or defining header course. Border or pattern design. You can even add a diamond to your driveway.

Another thing we love about using pavers for your driveway. Is that they don’t have hairline cracks and unsightly expansion joints. Of which are so easily spotted in concrete driveways. Pavers are extremely durable and versatile and even better. They are really easy to maintain. Ideal for highly reactive soil types, which are prevalent in Adelaide.

Pavers are also simple to repair.

A truck reversing into your driveway might cause the odd cracked paver. But this can be easily and inexpensively fixed in comparison to concrete. Which is not easy to repair and will look ‘patched up’.

Pavers can also be lifted off the ground if underground services are required. Such as sewer, power, storm water pipes, etc.  Pavers provide a much simpler alternative than having to cut up concrete and patch it up. If you’re still after concrete. We have a range of concrete pavers.

The other benefit is that whatever pavers you use for your driveway. You can use for around your home, pathways and alfresco areas if you wish to have a uniform and cohesive look. The aesthetics of your home are just as important as the functionality and pavers are great for adding value to your home.

You can view our range of driveway pavers here.

If you’ve seen a product that you like, you can get a quote online here.

Or visit your nearest APC here to talk with one of our friendly staff about your paving project and they can help provide you with the right advice.

You can download this blog as a brochure pdf here.

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