Concrete vs. paver walkway

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by ccas, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. ccas

    ccas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    Was planning on putting in a paver walkway on my own. However, I'm starting to reconsider and wondering if it would be cheaper to have someone come in and make a walkway out of concrete. I'm having them come anyway to build some steps for me. What are the advantages of poured concrete over pavers (if any)?
  2. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    honestly, I can't think of any advantages of solid concrete over pavers...other than price...

    concrete can crack, can stain, boring....

    can be stained different colors, can have patterns stamped in it easy to install, cheap

    Pavers....hardly ever crack, infinite (almost) variety of colors, patterns, styles. yes they can stain as well, but it much easier to replace one or two bricks (or just flip em over) depending on t he product and stains go away... pavers will slow water run-of in that the paver joints are permeable Ie less water going into storm sewers..

    yes you do need to sweep sand into the joints every year or so(as needed) yes ther are more labor intensive to put in and thus more costly.

    I would consider using pavers to make your front step rather than plain concrete...or at the very least put a paver veneer over the concrete steps so they blend together...if you end up doing a paver walkway

    just my thoughts...
  3. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,182

    The only advantage to concrete is a lower upfront cost....thats it.
  4. mapleleaf

    mapleleaf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    I've actually priced out jobs, one concrete one pavers. The pavers were actually cheaper. The reason is you pay for the cement truck to come and pour. If you are only doing a small walkway, the cost to bring the truck out & small yardage of cement actually is more expensive than getting pavers delivered. At least in my area, I'm sure others will claim their area is much different. Now if they are coming anyway for stairs, possibly the cost will be less now since you're getting more concrete in that same delivery cost.

    But I agree with the others, pavers is the way to go! They will out last your concrete. What if you get a crack in the concrete, are you going to rip it up and replace, I doubt it, you'll just live with the ugliness of it all. Pavers won't crack, and if something happened to them, just pick it up and replace it. Anyone can have a plain concrete walk, but pavers make a statement, and boost your home value.
  5. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    yes it will be cheaper...and thats about the only advantage.
  6. Stone Creations

    Stone Creations LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    Go Pavers!!!!
  7. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    There are only two types of concrete, new and cracked. Pavers are a better bet.
  8. ccas

    ccas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    Follow up... I should have listened. I went with concrete for the price. It looked great for 6 month. As the thaw came it cracked. 3 big cracks. So here is my question.... Any way to fix it? I was thinking of outside tile and covering the walkway.
  9. whosedog

    whosedog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 730

    What no expansion joints in the sidewalk?Especially in the NE with our freeze thaw cycles. Whoever did the job,call them back.Ive got 70 year old sidewalk blocks that haven't cracked yet;tree roots move the blocks,then I lift them, grind the roots and reset the blocks.
  10. Woodland

    Woodland LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 207

    Actually, if properly installed, the amount of permeation on a small walkway that is properly pitched is negligible. The idea behind sloping is to get water off of the pavers as quickly as possible.

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