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Between Concrete Slabs and Paver Stone Installation

Kamil Jain

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If you are thinking about paver stone installation to add or replace a walkway or a driveway to enhance the appearance of your outdoor living spaces, there are chances that you are confused by the number of choices you are supposed to make. There are paving stone installation materials that are more affordable than others while others may be more durable and easier to maintain. Today, most people use concrete slabs and paving stones with every one of them having different advantages that will be determined by your needs.

Homeowners that use concrete slabs on their outdoor living spaces mainly do so because of cost considerations and their relative ease of installation; with stamped concrete homeowners can choose several options as far as design and textures are concerned. Paver stone contractors, on the other hand, use brick pavers that are individual sections that have been made from materials such as brick, concrete, and natural stone; most of these pieces interlock making up a flexible system that can be quite durable. For those that are concerned about the issue of costs, the standard concrete slab may be slightly cheaper than the paver blocks; you are actually likely to pay at least 10 to 15 percent cheaper. Even though the concrete slab is cheaper initially, with paver stone installation you will not get worried about costly repairs and replacements.

When it comes to matters of installation, it may be much easier to install concrete slabs but the material will take much longer to cure and dry; the installation process will require excavation, grading, preparing the foundation, setting up the forms and finally pouring the concrete. Many masonry contractors normally have a minimum order that is usually required and, as a result, there are people that end up for paying for more concrete than they really require. The greatest undoing of pouring concrete is the problem of cracking every time the ground below it flexes for one reason or another. The masonry contractor must also do a very good job with the grading because failure to do that will lead to a very expensive mistake that cannot be easily rectified after the concrete has been poured.

There are many advantages of paving stone installation as well; initially, paver stone installation requires a more thorough preparation which can also be quite labor-intensive. The paving stone contractor must do excavation, grading, compaction of the sub-base, installation of the geotextile fiber, base preparation and compaction, preparation of the sand, paver stone installation, cutting off the borders, preparation of the bond beam and compaction of the stones and last but not least sealing the pavers as the last task.

With paving stone installation there is no curing time and, as a result, the paver stones will be ready for use as soon as the paving stone contractor leaves the site. Also, even if there was a mistake at the time of grading and some settling happens later down the line, nothing to worry about because all that you need to do is to correct the issue by removing the paving stones by removing, regarding and replacing the stones.


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