Driveways can be constructed from a wide array of materials and, at first, it may seem difficult to commit to one option. While each material offers its own set of benefits and has unique weaknesses, concrete pavers are the best across the board. Poured concrete is rigid and fragile, and asphalt looks unfinished, but concrete pavers are proven to be enduring and aesthetically pleasing. Read on to find out why so many contractors stake their professional reputations on driveway pavers
Concrete pavers are renowned for their compressive strength, making them excellent candidates for driveways subjected to heavy loads. While larger concrete pavers are more likely to crack than smaller concrete pavers, the joints between them allow for a far more flexible surface than that achieved by poured concrete. A driveway comprised of individual pavers is able to flex and bend ever so slightly as the underlying earth expands and contracts, or as tree roots grow. A paved driveway is likely to remain pristine for decades thanks to its strength and flexibility and, should extreme mechanical weathering damage a concrete paver, pavers can easily be removed and replaced without uprooting their neighbors.
Driveways contribute to a property’s curb appeal and it is, therefore, important that they look polished. Fortunately, with concrete pavers, you don’t have to compromise looks for longevity. Concrete pavers inherently look more sophisticated than asphalt or gravel. In addition, modern manufacturing technologies have enabled the craftsmanship of a near-endless variety of concrete paver styles. Driveway pavers can be sourced in almost any color and size, and can be finished with tumbled or smooth surface textures—among others. With such a great selection of pavers to choose from, finding one that suits your home and hardscape should be easy. Concrete pavers can even be manufactured to look and feel like natural stone, with all the strength, accessibility, and affordability of concrete.
Concrete pavers can be laid in a variety of formations, each of which contributes to a particular aesthetic or achieves an interesting optical illusion. The running bond pattern, for example, can make a driveway appear longer or wider, depending on the direction in which the pavers are laid. Circular paver patterns can contribute toward a dramatic driveway design, while the herringbone formation adds dimension to a uniform paver selection. A random arrangement of pavers can contribute toward a natural aesthetic where pavers that mimic natural stone are used.
Jointing material plays a greater role than holding individual pavers together. Depending on the color of jointing material you choose, it can stand out in contrast or help to tie the landscape design together. A contrasting jointing material can emphasize the clean lines of sleek pavers or draw attention to an intricate laying pattern. Jointing material that echoes shades found elsewhere in the landscape can help to anchor the driveway and create a smooth transition between the new paver surface and the rest of the property. Jointing material in the same color as the field pavers can effectively disappear and create a smooth, seemingly unbroken surface