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Question DetailsAsked on 9/29/2014

should I have my driveway redone with pavers or stamped cement? pavers vs. stamped cement

pavers vs stamped cement

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Pavers would be my choice. They hold up better over time, but they cost much more in our area.


Answered 4 years ago by BayAreaAC


If in an area with hard freezing conditions in the winter, I would definitely go with the concrete - preferably smooth surfaced over stamped for durability and to limit snowplowing damage, but I prefer stamped over pavers because pavers WILL eventually break up at the edges from plowing, plus you WILL get movement that lifts edges, creating tripping hazards and breakage of edges or corners from plowingand uneven car weight. Plus pavders are a PAIN when hand-shovelling. Plus there is a need to relevel some of them every year or two, at least after the first few "honeymoon" years, which gets costly.

In non-freezing areas they can work OK if the subgrade (including drainage) and base are done VERY well - which means an excellent, conscientious contractor - needs better subgrade than necessary for normal driveway work because the individual pavers move around easier under car weight than concrete slabs, and it is MANDATORY that you keep ALL runoff except that seeping in from direct precipitation on them away from the pavers, which generally means a french drain along both sides, tied into the subbase and base materials to carry water away immediately, before it can accumulate under them and cause pumping action. Of course, the interlocking pattern ones last better than just flat-laid brick-laid pavers.

I agree they look beautiful, but even in dry, never-freezing coastal southern California I spent a fair amount of effort doing annual maintenance for people on their paver drives that was far and above that required for concrete drives.

One other thing to consider, especially if in a freezing area, is pattern stained rather than stamped concrete - can give same individual paver image (though in 2-D rather than 3-D, or in 2-D with slight ground grooves between "stones" to look like a grout joint) without the susceptibility to snowplow damage and surficial cracking, at a lower cost and with very little if any detriment to the longevity of the concrete, though does need to be kept sealed to reduce stain fading.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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