What have you heard around the water cooler about paver pool decks or pavers in general? Maybe things like, “pavers don’t stand up to our freeze/thaw cycle” or “pavers crack and buckle”. Possibly you’ve heard pavers cost more than stamped concrete. If you’re nodding your head, it’s time to debunk a few of these myths.
Stamped concrete and pavers are very similar in cost, but did you know pavers can increase the value of your landscape by 15%. Yes, pavers are a good investment. Additionally, pavers can last a minimum of 50 years before they need to be replaced provided they are installed correctly. The long-term value of a paver is significant when considering their lifespan.
When installed correctly, to ICPI standards, pavers will last a minimum of 50 years primarily because they are stronger than poured concrete and a paver system is flexible. It’s this flexibility that makes pavers such a good choice in our climate.
The freeze/thaw cycle in Minnesota is harsh on all types of landscaping. The benefit of paver construction in this climate is how the system work together and allows for flexibility in the freeze/thaw process. Concrete and asphalt are not able to move as a system and because of this tend to crack and break. Other northern climate countries such as Canada and Europe don’t use poured concrete specifically due to the freeze/thaw cycle.
Another benefit of using a paver system is how simple it is to repair or replace a paver that may become damaged. It’s much less costly to replace one paver than it is to repave an entire concrete or asphalt pool deck, walkway, or driveway.
So, what do you think about pavers now? Still skeptical? Call us today for your free consultation with our landscape designers.