Pavers can be used to create many surfaces around your home, including driveways, walkways and pool surrounds. If you are having a paver surface installed, keep in mind that pavers can be made from different materials. The most common materials for pavers include concrete, brick and natural stone. Learning the differences between the various materials can help you determine which one may be ideal for your home.
Brick pavers typically have a reddish-brown, rectangular-shaped appearance. Concrete pavers are the color of concrete surfaces; gray. They can be formed into various shapes, but are generally square. Stone pavers are made from natural stone. As such, they have the most variation in color, texture, shape and size.
Brick and concrete pavers both have a long lifespan, but they do not last forever. Natural stone pavers can last a lifetime, depending on the hardness of the stone used and whether they are properly cared for.
Each type of paver has a different maintenance need and has to be cleaned correctly to keep it looking its best and lasting as long as possible. Concrete pavers may need to be sealed if they begin to split or crack. Brick pavers should be replaced if they begin to crack. Natural stone may wear, but that usually adds to the appeal. If natural stone cracks, however, it will need to be replaced.
As a rule of thumb, concrete pavers are the least expensive option. Brick is a mid-grade expense, and natural stone tends to be the most expensive. However, there are many factors that can affect final price, including the size of the project, how accessible the area is and what type of stone you may be considering.
When you are looking to have a paver surface installed in the greater Atlanta area, let Custom Concrete, Inc. help. Give us a call to discuss paver options and let us find the right material for your next surface. We’ll work with you to bring your outdoor space to life.