If you want to build a new patio or upgrade your existing patio, pavers are an excellent option. They’re available in a range of colors, shapes and patterns, and you can use them for almost any outdoor surface. The question is: which pavers are best for patios? Let’s compare your options to find the right fit for you.
Brick Pavers vs. Concrete Pavers
The most common types of pavers for patios are brick pavers and concrete pavers. Brick pavers are made from clay and have the same color from top to bottom. They are considered some of the most durable materials for patios and walkways, and they can withstand anything Mother Nature throws their way. With that in mind, brick pavers may cost a bit more than concrete pavers, which means they aren’t suited for all budgets.
Concrete pavers may not last as long as brick pavers, but they are still incredibly durable. Concrete pavers come in a wider color selection, but their colors can fade over time. Surface erosion may also cause the concrete pavers to exposed the colors below the surface. With brick pavers, the color is the same throughout.
Both concrete pavers and brick pavers can shift over time as the ground below them moves. Thankfully, they can be repositioned and resanded without the need to replace them altogether.
Stamped Concrete vs. Paver Patios
Another option to consider for your patio is stamped concrete. This is concrete that is stamped to look like pavers, natural stone, or any pattern of your choice. Stamped concrete usually consists of a base color and a secondary color on top to create a multi-dimensional look. The concrete can be poured into almost any shape, making it slightly more versatile than pavers.
It may seem like stamped concrete is the better option, but all concrete is subject to cracking over time. With pavers, you simply have to relevel the pavers to their original form. With cracked concrete, your only choice is to replace the entire slab. This makes pavers more affordable than stamped concrete in the long run, and they may look better on your property.
What to Consider When Choosing Patio Pavers
There is no specific set of pavers that are best for patios. It all comes down to your needs, budget and goals. Here are some factors to consider when selecting patio pavers:
- The look you want to achieve with your patio
- Your current budget and maintenance budget
- The environment the patio will be subject to – heavy foot traffic, rain, UV rays, etc.
- Other materials on the property, particularly in the case of siding and hardscaping features
- How large of an area you’re trying to cover with pavers, stamped concrete, etc.
- How much time you have allotted for the project
Our professional brick pavers can help you find the right balance between cost, time, and appearance. If you would like a consultation for patio paving, brick paving, retaining walls, or other hardscaping services, contact Mortar City Masonry at (586) 533-1305.