The Pros And Cons of 10 Popular Types of Pavers

Are you thinking about refreshing the look of your driveway, patio, walkway, or pool deck? If so, you have several different types of pavers that you can choose from. Check out the pros and cons of ten of the most popular pavers.

1. Brick

Brick pavers are made by baking clay in a kiln at an extremely high temperature.

Pros

  • Durability: Brick can last for generations. It may take on a few cracks and chips but maintains its attractive appearance.
  • Low Maintenance: Brick pavers need very little care to keep them looking their best.
  • Traditional Style: Brick offers a classic, traditional appearance for a driveway or patio.

Cons

  • Expensive: Brick is a costly material to use for pavers.
  • Can Suffer From Heavy Traffic: Though bricks are known for their durability, they can start to experience wear and tear if they endure heavy foot traffic every day for years.

2. Concrete

Concrete pavers are made by mixing sand, gravel, or crushed stone with cement.

Pros

  • Lots of Choices: Concrete pavers are available in different sizes, colors, and shapes to suit the vision you have for your property. You can even match them to the look of your garage!
  • Reasonably Priced: The inexpensive raw materials used to make concrete keep the price down on this paver option.
  • Easy to Install: Concrete pavers can be created in exactly the same size, which reduces the time needed for installation as well as the cost.

Cons

  • Sealant Needed: Sealing your concrete pavers is necessary to prevent the color from fading in the sunlight.
  • Questionable Quality: If the mixture of materials to make the concrete is not correct, it produces low-quality pavers.

3. Marble

Recrystallize granular limestone using heat and pressure and you have marble.

Pros

  • Resilient: Marble is strong material that’s able to endure all types of weather.
  • Stays Cool: Marble stays cool in the sunlight.
  • Safe: Marble pavers with a tumbled finish prevent the surface from becoming slippery.

Cons

  • Expensive: The beauty and strength of marble makes it an expensive material.

4. Porcelain

Porcelain pavers are a mixture of clay and special additives baked in a kiln at very high temperatures.

Pros

  • Attractive: Porcelain pavers are available in many colors and styles.
  • Low Maintenance: These pavers are easy to keep clean.
  • Mold Resistant: The impermeable nature of porcelain pavers helps them to resist the growth of mildew and mold.

Cons

  • Challenging to Cut: Cutting and trimming porcelain pavers requires special tools, which can increase labor costs.
  • Pricey: If you’re considering porcelain pavers versus concrete pavers, keep in mind that porcelain pavers are more expensive.

5. Cobblestone

Cobblestone is made of small, durable rocks such as basalt, limestone, or granite.

Pros

  • Durable: Cobblestone is a strong material that can take a lot of wear and tear.
  • Attractive: These pavers are a suitable choice for a cottage or a home built in a classic architectural style.
  • Water Permeable: Rain drains through cobblestone pavers, so you don’t have pools of water on your walkway.

Cons

  • Uneven: Cobblestone pavers are uneven, so they may be tricky for some people to walk on.
  • Prone to Weeds: When you have a cobblestone driveway or patio, there’s a risk of weeds growing up between the pavers.

6. Travertine

Travertine is a type of limestone created by mineral deposits from natural springs.

Pros

  • Fade-Resistant: The color stays even in these pavers despite being in the harsh sunlight.
  • Easy to Install: With their even surface, the installation of travertine pavers is fairly easy.
  • Adaptable: This material holds up well through changes in the seasons.

Cons

  • Fairly Expensive: When compared to concrete pavers, travertine is a more costly option.
  • Limited Color Choices: Most travertine pavers are neutral or earthy in color.

7. Flagstone

This is natural stone (slate, limestone, or sandstone) retrieved from a quarry.

Pros

  • Durable: Flagstone pavers are made of strong material.
  • Easy to Maintain: Occasionally using a broom to sweep flagstone is all the maintenance these pavers need.

Cons

  • Challenging to Install: Flagstone pavers weigh a lot, so it takes a little more time and effort to install them.
  • Sometimes Slippery: After a rainstorm, wet flagstone pavers can be slippery.

8. Bluestone

Bluestone comes in two types: sandstone and limestone.

Pros

  • Colorful: Though it’s known as bluestone, these pavers are available in red or brown tones as well as gray and, of course, blue.
  • Varying Sizes: These pavers are available in many sizes and shapes to suit your project.

Cons

  • Needs Sealant: Sealing bluestone pavers is necessary to protect their attractive appearance.
  • Costly: Bluestone is more expensive than brick or concrete because it has to be retrieved from a quarry.

9. Rubber

Many rubber pavers are made of recycled tires.

Pros

  • Environmentally Friendly: Using rubber pavers means you are reusing a resource to redo your patio, pool deck, walkway, etc.
  • Sound-Absorbing: The rubber absorbs noise, making the atmosphere a bit quieter.
  • Many Different Looks: Some rubber pavers are made to look like traditional brick or terracotta, while others look like natural stone.

Cons

  • Fading: The sunlight can fade the color of rubber over time.

10. Plastic

Plastic pavers are made of recycled plastic.

Pros

  • Attractive: Think of a plastic paver as a mold that can be filled with materials such as gravel or grass.
  • Good Drainage: These pavers drain quickly, so you don’t have standing water on your patio, driveway, etc.
  • Different Types Available: Plastic pavers are available in rolled form, connecting rigid grids, and geocells, to name a few.

Cons

  • Cracking: If the surface beneath plastic pavers is not solid and even, they can crack.
  • Wear and Tear: Plastic pavers can begin to crack and break under the constant pressure of moving vehicles.

When it comes to pavers, you now have more choices than ever! Thanks for reading. – Alan