||Initial Cost & Installation
||Indistinguishable from the real thing. Please view photos and view in person. We invite you to see for yourself…
||Moderate – About 33% less than the cost of pavers.
||Low – It is recommended that a reseal be performed only once every 3 to 4 years. For a vibrant and richly colored look, a reseal can be performed every 1 to 2 years.
||High – Sealed surface is nearly impenetrable and protects against moisture and the elements.
||Typically looks nice when initially installed. A few years later, due to a mere sand and granular base, settling of pavers results in an up & down surface that is no longer level and flat.
||High – Each unit must be fitted together by hand. Very labor intensive.
||Moderate to High – Due to settling, sometimes needs to be completely releveled within 5 years. Further, ants and weeds in joints need constant maintenance and can be an issue.
||Moderate – Pavers can shift over the course of a long winter and may need resetting in the Spring.
||Gives elegant, permanent, yet informal “Old World” feel.
||Very High – Each unit must be fitted together by hand.
||Low–High quality stone lasts for decades. Wide joints may encourage weeds and ants. Rough surface makes walking and driving difficult.
||High–High density stone resists cracking and salts.
||Mostly shades of red and red-brown. Limited number of shapes available.
||High–Concrete base often required which increases cost. Inconsistent dimensions make units slow to install and difficult to maintain straight pattern lines.
||Low–Irregularities in surface make them prone to damage, especially edge chipping.
||Moderate–Salts can attack and deteriorate some clay pavers.
||Usually white. However, can be colored for a more unique look.
||Low – Although a little too difficult for a homeowner to install, professional contractors abound.
||Low – Virtually no maintenance when properly installed.
||High – Modern concrete is far superior to that of years past. Proper installation is the key.
||Limited color options. Difficult to get neat looking edges. Cracks will likely develop. Stamped and colored asphalt looks fake.
||Low–Goes in quickly over compacted aggregate base. Can’t be installed by homeowner.
||High–Wear and weather will break down surface. Black seal coat required every 2-3 years. Ruts or pothole repairs make ugly patches. Subject to erosion from oil drippings.
||Low–Cracks from freeze-thaw, settlement and deteriorates from de-icing salts.
|Crushed Stone Or Gravel
||Typically a rustic look. Appearance varies with color and shape of stones.
||Low–Dumped and spread over soil (no base required).
||High–Scattered stone must be replaced and releveled regularly. Ruts from tires will likely develop.
||High–Stones resist freeze-thaw cycles and salts.