Two Pros and Cons about Outdoor Pavers

Outdoor pavers (also called paving stones) are a unique, beautiful choice for patios, walkways, driveways, and other outdoor flooring projects for any home. Like all materials, they have their pros and cons. Whether or not these stones are right for you will depend on how you balance these factors:

PRO #1: Pavers are very durable and near maintenance free. Unlike other materials (such as asphalt and concrete), pavers will not crack due to ice, and they will rarely chip and settle over time. The only maintenance that may be necessary for outdoor pavers includes periodic cleaning, sealing, and snow removal.
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CON #1: On the other hand, you pay for quality. Paving stone installations can be expensive, both in material and labor costs. You’ll want to make sure to hire the best contractor you can. Trying to skimp on money by hiring a substandard contractor will only make you pay hard later. Luckily, a well installed paver project will increase the value of a home.

PRO #2: There is almost an infinite combination of paver colors, sizes, and shapes to choose from and build with. The various patterns available can complement any structure, whether the outdoor pavers lie next to a pool, garden, or retaining wall.

Just a different looking paver style and design.

CON #2: The unfortunate result of this complexity is that the installation of these paving stones can be very challenging, especially for the do-it-yourselfer. The aggregate base must be perfectly compacted, level, and at the correct depth. The sand bed needs to be leveled out to one inch exactly, and the patio pavers must be laid tightly together and in the correct pattern. The design of the project also needs to take into account geological and geographical particularities, such as the ground on which the pavers are laid. Finally, the installer needs to make sure that no water will sit on the structure or, worse, flow towards the house or a sink hole. This problem can be mitigated if a homeowner obtains an experienced, licensed, and certified contractor.

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