How To Choose the Best Pavers for Your Driveway

When it comes to materials for driveways, asphalt and concrete are the front-runners. They are both economical and long-lasting. However, these materials can be a bit dull. If you want to spruce up your driveway and improve curb appeal, driveway pavers should be considered. But what type of paver should you choose?

Three Most Popular Types of Driveway Pavers

Pavers can enhance the overall appearance of your driveway, but you must choose a material that best fits your needs, preferences, and budget. Let’s take a closer look at the three most popular pavers for driveways that residential concrete contractors and driveway contractors use.

Brick Pavers

Often referred to as clay pavers, brick driveway pavers are created from baked, molded clay. These types of pavers can last for numerous years and tend to be the most economical choice. Brick pavers are also the strongest, as they have a strength rating of 12,000 pounds per square inch. However, if the pavers are not properly baked, they can be fragile due to extended exposure to the elements and wear over the years. With proper care, brick paver driveways can last for at least 25 years, if not more.

Concrete Pavers

Concrete pavers are generally the most popular driveway pavers. These pavers are designed by molding concrete into the shape of bricks. They tend to last longer than brick pavers — up to half a century! However, in terms of strength, they aren’t quite as strong as brick pavers at 8,000 pounds per square inch, which can lead to the need for concrete repair services at times. When compared to a concrete slab, concrete pavers are actually considerably stronger.

Cobblestone Pavers

Constructed from blocks of quarried stone, cobblestone pavers are the most durable of the three options discussed here. They have the potential to last up to 100 years. If an issue does arise with a cobblestone paver driveway, the problem is generally a result of the base, since these pavers are virtually indestructible. While cobblestone pavers are strong and beautiful, the use of the driveway is limited. For example, sports cannot be played on these driveways.

Do-It-Yourself or Hire a Pro?

Although installing a paver driveway is more expensive upfront, it is possible to do the installation yourself. This can be very physically demanding and time-consuming, so you may consider having residential concrete contractors take care of the installation. Before hiring a professional, make sure to do your research on them and remember that the lowest bid is not always the best choice (neither is the highest bid).

Residential Concrete Contractors and Concrete Repair Services in St. Augustine, FL

Need help planning or installing a paver driveway in or around St. Augustine, Florida, contact Mitchell Masonry, Inc. to schedule an appointment and consultation.