When it comes to patios, walkways, and even driveways, homeowners often wonder whether pavers are a better option than concrete. Here at Harris Landscape Construction in Reno, we tend to recommend pavers in most scenarios. While there are a few applications where concrete is required, pavers are usually the best choice in terms of durability and aesthetics. Here are five reasons your northern Nevada landscape needs pavers, not concrete.
One of the biggest advantages to pavers – and the biggest drawback of concrete – is durability. While stamped concrete can be beautiful when it’s new, that beautiful color will fade. Here in northern Nevada, freeze-thaw cycles and our high desert sun are especially tough on stamped concrete color, which doesn’t go all the way through the concrete but is applied on the top surface. With annual sealing, pavers are far more durable over the long-term.
Stamped concrete is often intended to mimic the look of pavers, but your options are more limited than with pavers. From size and shape to color and texture, pavers can help you truly customize your patio, walkway or driveway. They offer endless versatility, allowing for beautiful patterns.
Installing pavers is a more involved process than pouring concrete, but from project start to finish, it’s usually faster. That’s because paver walkways, patios and driveways are walkable immediately after being set, while concrete needs time to cure and set properly.
Here in northern Nevada, we aren’t strangers to earthquakes. Choosing materials that are earthquake resistant is always wise, and concrete is simply too inflexible to be a safe choice. Pavers, on the other hand, are set on top of a gravel base and have a sand filler between the stones. During an earthquake, that means they can shift and move. They won’t crack like large sections of concrete are prone to do – they just adjust as the earth moves.
Replacement & Repair
If repairs do become necessary, pavers make it easy. Individual pavers can be replaced quickly and inexpensively without impacting any of the surrounding pieces. Fixing an area of concrete isn’t nearly as straightforward and may even require complete replacement.
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If a paver project is on your wishlist, the experts at Harris Landscape Construction in Reno and Sparks is here to help. Our company is licensed and insured, with extensive experience in hardscapes including paver installation. Contact us for a price today.