18 Dec Advantages and Disadvantages of Driveway Pavers
As the entrance to your home, your driveway is an important part of your home’s curb appeal. An attractive and well-maintained driveway can give your home a distinctive appearance. Although most driveways are made of simple asphalt or concrete, choosing driveway pavers as the material for your new or replacement driveway will help it stand out from the crowd. Driveway pavers offer excellent longevity, an attractive appearance and many other benefits if you can live with a few minor drawbacks.
Advantages of Driveway Pavers
Each brick paver driveway is unique. Unlike concrete or asphalt driveways, which look fundamentally similar to each other, paver driveways offer homeowners the ability to really customize the look of the finished product. You can opt for any number of different paver styles, and mixing and matching different styles allows you to incorporate designs or patterns into the driveway.
Although the installation of a new driveway only takes up a small fraction of the driveway’s overall lifespan, the time and hassle of a new installation is still a factor for many people. Concrete and asphalt driveways require extensive prep work before they can be installed, and they must cure for days or even weeks before they can be used. A paver stone driveway, however, doesn’t require much prep work, and the driveway is ready for use as soon as the paver driveway installation is complete.
Damaged Pavers are Easy to Replace
If a concrete driveway is damaged, it can be difficult to repair the damage without back-breaking work or heavy construction equipment. However, driveway pavers are inherently modular and interchangeable; if an individual paver is damaged, it’s relatively trivial to pull the offending paver out of the driveway and replace it with a new one. If there’s a problem with the surface underneath a paver driveway, you can pull up the pavers in the affected area, fix the underlying problem, and re-install the pavers without much trouble.
Poured concrete driveways are quite smooth, and they can become slippery in wet or icy conditions, creating a hazardous surface for both vehicular and foot traffic. Brick pavers offer a roughed-up surface that provides greater traction in treacherous conditions. If your driveway is on a steep slope, or if you live with someone with balance issues, a paver driveway may be a better choice for you.
Disadvantages of Driveway Pavers
Cost of a Paver Driveway
Although paver driveways are a great choice for any homeowner, there are some downsides to consider. A solid, professionally installed paver driveway can be more expensive than an equivalent concrete or asphalt driveway.
Weeds can grow between the individual pavers, and these driveways are somewhat more susceptible to settling. However, none of these issues should scare homeowners away from paver driveways.
If your home could use a new paver driveway, contact us today at 407-847-9322. We have years of experience working with paver projects of all kinds, and we offer high-quality materials and a commitment to excellence to ensure that your project exceeds your expectations. Set up an in-home consultation today!