Many homeowners opt for concrete or asphalt when installing a new driveway. While these are two quality options, you may want to consider pavers instead. Pavers often provide better curb appeal than other driveway options, and they can also be easier to maintain in some cases.
The three main options for pavers are brick pavers, concrete pavers and cobblestones. Keep reading to learn a little bit more about each product.
Some of the most popular pavers we see are made of concrete. These concrete pavers are typically molded into the shape of standard bricks, but they can come in different decorative shapes to create a one-of-a-kind driveway. Concrete pavers have an 8,000 PSI (pounds per square inch) strength rating, making them perfect for most residential use.
You can expect to pay anywhere from $30 to $40 per square foot for professional installation. However, these pavers can last for up to 50 years with a little bit of maintenance.
Traditional brick pavers can also last for several decades before they need to be replaced, but they are the most fragile out of all three paver options. Rainwater and snow can cause clay bricks to flake and eventually disintegrate. That said, they do have a strength rating of 12,000 PSI.
Brick pavers come in at $10 to $30 per square foot, including materials and labor. Just be sure to invest in higher quality bricks to ensure a long lifespan.
When pavers are made of natural quarried stone instead, they’re known as cobblestones. This is the most durable paver option—cobblestones can last for at least a century before they need to be replaced. While they have an incredible appearance, cobblestones are rough, which isn’t ideal for young kids who want to play in the driveway.
Cobblestone is also the most expensive option for driveway pavers, coming in at $40 to $70 per square foot.
DIY or professional installation?
Concrete pavers can be installed without the help of a professional—but should you tackle the task by yourself? Here are a few things to consider:
- Final appearance: Simply put, professionals know what they’re doing when working with pavers. You can rest easy knowing your driveway will come out looking fantastic once they wrap up the job. Additionally, their work is guaranteed to last for years before needing to be replaced.
- Cost: Many homeowners go the DIY route to save some money, but you may be surprised to find that installing pavers yourself can cost just as much as paying a pro. This is because they already have all the necessary equipment for the job, which can be expensive to rent or buy.
- Time: Installing a new driveway can take days if you’re doing it on your own. Instead of wasting your entire weekend, consider hiring a professional. You can kick back and relax while they take care of it all.
Talk to Paveco Inc. today
Nobody tops Paveco Inc. when it comes to working on your driveway. Whether you choose concrete pavers or asphalt, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call today to get a free estimate or to learn why we’re the best in the business.
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