Interlocking Pavers vs. Other Materials

Interlocking is an ideal solution for your driveways and walkways, as well as courtyards, for a number of reasons. Particularly because they hold several advantages over other materials such as gravel and poured concrete. That is not to say the other materials aren’t good options. They all have their own merit, but concrete pavers simply hold more long-term benefits in comparison.

Multifaceted Paver

For starters, interlocking concrete pavers are incredibly versatile. Not only can you use them for groundwork such as driveways and pathways – you can even use them in other hardscape installations such as fire pits, retaining walls, pool decks,  and patios. This way you have the ability to enhance different parts of your home while getting more bang for your buck.

Another great thing about concrete pavers is its design flexibility, which actually ties into the home’s curb appeal. Other materials such as concrete or gravel cannot compare – especially when you consider the countless combinations of colours, designs and patterns available with interlocking concrete pavers. You have hexagonal and diamond designs, as well as the commonly seen herringbone design. You have sizes ranging from 2 to 2 ½ thick, along with casual and formal design features that are available in a variety of colours. This material allows you to customize your home to fit your unique style and needs.

Effortless to Maintain

Unfortunately, no material is immune to wear and tear over time. With interlocking concrete pavers, however, you might be. This material is extremely low maintenance. In order to keep it looking as though it is newly installed, simply sweep and rinse away the dirt. For a deep clean, all you need is a pressure washing service. Beyond its no-fuss nature, this material is also a cost-effective alternative. In order to keep the joint sand in place between pavers, you must get it sealed as you would a driveway to keep it functioning optimally. Once you do, not only are your pavers protected from spills and stains, you are also protecting them against the changing seasons. The reason being, sand between the paver joints expands and contracts, adjusting to its environment. This avoids seismic distortion and cracking.

Durable & Easily Repairable

This is in part due to the fact that paver stones have a higher psi (pounds per square inch) strength than concrete and asphalt. This is because concrete pavers are made in a mold that packs the cement and sand much tighter and denser than other materials. Theory durability allows for heavier loads on the pavers, which in turn results in a longer lifetime. In the case that they do crack, however, repairing interlocking pavers is a breeze. All you need to do is remove and replace individual pavers that need to be repaired. This is unbelievably easy, time-efficient and cost-efficient. At least compared to repairing a driveway with a cracked concrete slab, which would require complete demolition and reinstallment. 

In addition to repairs being cost-efficient, installing them is no different. Due to the nature of their manufacturing, pavers are less expensive to install compared to poured concrete and asphalt. Concrete pavers cost even less and are more durable than clay, granite or sandstone pavers. Another aspect in which they excel in their efficiency is time. Concrete pavers are a quick installation job. They can be installed in any climate (rain or shine) and do not require you to wait a certain amount of time before you can walk or drive on your concrete pavers. 

Eco-Friendly Option

Another excellent thing about this material compared to others is that it is environmentally friendly to use in the case of hazardous climates. Due to its permeable surface, concrete pavers reduce water run-offs after rainstorms. The water seeps into the ground, trapping suspended solids, processing nutrients and oils as well as immobilizing heavy metals among other things. Furthermore, concrete pavers have a non-slip and non-skid surface. Which makes them a safe material to use after bad weather (i.e. a thunderstorm). 

If you think you are in need of interlocking, don’t hesitate to give our experienced and certified installers at Action Home Services a call at (647) 937-1023. Whether you’re looking to enhance the curb appeal of your home or any commercial property, we can help. Our team of professionals has been servicing the Greater Toronto Area for a number of years, and we have over 70 years of combined experience in different construction sections. Specializing in a wide range of services, AHS provides free in-home estimates so you have nothing to lose. Reap the benefits of interlock concrete pavers today.