There are many reasons why concrete or clay pavers should be your first choice when it comes to surface finishes in the home garden! Here are just eight reasons to switch to pavers for your next hard surface.
Unlike other finishes such as solid concrete and exposed aggregate, paving is a job you can easily tackle yourself with the right tools and know how. Check out our fantastic DIY area for easy to follow guides taking you step by step through the paver laying process. There are even video’s to help you tackle the tricky spots.
Paving patterns, colours, finishes and styles are endless in possibility. Whether you’re looking for modern industrial tones or more traditional hues, you’ll be sure to find the perfect fit for your design. Pavers come in a range of sizes from 100x100mm right up to 1000x1000mm, yes that big! There are countless textures in masonry, concrete, clay and natural stone coupled with hundreds of colour options. All the choice makes for unlimited opportunities! Take a look at this fantastic article to give you some great ideas on picking your design and style.
Pavers are Repairable
You’d be hard pressed to walk around any Brisbane neighbourhood and find a crack free piece of concrete. Much of our fair city is built on or around reactive clay soils which means ground movement. Couple that with large landscaping trees bordering properties and driveways with invasive roots, high seasonal rainfall and long periods of drought, it’s inevitable your freshly laid concrete will crack in no time!
Pavers are much more forgiving with ground movement, small changes that would typically crack a concrete slab go unnoticed in a paved area. Fortunately, any issues that do arise can be spot repaired in a flash, by pulling up a few of the offending pavers, adding some more bedding material and re-installing.
Drop a glass of wine on your new pavers or have a stain from a greasy BBQ? No worries. Simply swap them out for new ones! We always recommend you keep a couple of spares in the shed, keep them protected and swap them in when required, bob’s your uncle!
When laid in the correct manner as recommended by the manufacturer and kept clean and tidy in line with the rest of your home, your paved area will look great. In fact, with about an hours maintenance every 3-5 years your pavers should stay in top knick for years to come.
When laid to the Australian Standards which recommends a solid base of Road Base and a bedding layer of River Sand, pavers remain a permeable layer which will allow water and moisture to flow freely over the surface and drain through when needed. Take a little extra time to get your falls right and your paved area can help deal with ground water around your home.
At Centenary Landscaping Supplies we have the right paver to suit every style and budget from under the wheelie bin to the grand front entrance. When compared to the cost of installing the alternatives like concrete, pavers will always come in on top! Just remember, the preparation for each option is 75% the same. The area will need to be excavated, cleared or levelled and filled with a bedding material. In fact, many concrete contractors will use river sand under a new slab, exactly what you need under pavers!
Have you ever tried removing a concrete slab? Did you use a sledgehammer, demolition saw, jackhammer or some other punishing hand tool? Larger areas will need specialist equipment such as excavators and bobcats. Crazy! When the time does finally come, and you decide an update is in order, it can be as simple as re-stacking your pavers back onto a pallet. You could even sell your pavers second hand to recoup some costs to reinvest into your next design! In most cases, the original base and bedding layer are reusable with minimal work.
Well, there you have it, eight great reasons you should use pavers over concrete in your next garden renovation!