Pavers vs concrete and soil types

Published 08/10/21 by Ingenuity & Solutions | Last updated on February 15, 2023

Pavers and concrete Gmoscape Contractor LLC Connecticut

In this opportunity, we will talk to you about some important considerations regarding whether to choose pavers or concrete for your patio and why at Gmoscape, we recommend you go with pavers. We summarized this into 4 essential points. Take a cup of coffee and enjoy!


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1. Why Pavers and not concrete patios, wood decks, or Trex decking?


Paver patios have many upsides to these other patio materials. Concrete patios can crack, move and become discolored over time. They also have a limited number of colors and designs while paver patios provide endless possibilities. Concrete patios also have a maximum of 5000 PSI while pavers can off you up to and exceed 10,000 PSI. This increased PSI allows paver's driveway application. When concrete patios fail you will need to remove and replace the entire concrete patio area which often costs more than the initial installation. Pavers can be replaced or repaired in sections. Pavers patios are durable to in-climate weather areas and can always be repaired without the cost of having to remove the entire paver patio area. Paver patios also give you much more flexibility in design and budget compared to wooded or Trex decks. Often times you can get a much larger area covered by paver patios than decks due to material costs. And keep in mind almost every single manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty on their paving stone products!


2. Variety of Paver Patio materials


Pavers patios offer you thousands of different colors and styles from many different pavers manufacturers. 90% of patio pavers come 2-3/8” thick while the rest are 3-1/4” thick. This will give you the ability to combine different manufacturers' styles and colors to create a space unique to you! One that your neighbors could have never imagined! The number of pavers from companies like Cambridge, Techo Bloc, Unilock, Belgard, Nicolock, Ideal, CST, Pavestone, and Keystone along with natural stone gives the ability to design a Patio space truly unique to your needs.



3. What does the existing subsoil in the desired area patio area looks like?


Gmoscape offers a simple and elegant solution. There are many factors that go into what goes under your paver patio area. We refer to this as the base. This is the most important detail of your paver patio project, don’t plan on cutting corners and saving money in your budget with the base of your patio! Does your yard have rocky, sandy, clay, or topsoil subgrade that needs to be addressed to install your paver patio correctly? Areas that are rocky could have an effect on your budget if typical construction equipment can’t prep the area and additional equipment is needed. Clay sub soils require extra care such as digging down deeper and using items like trap rock, geotextile, fabrics, and even underground drainage which is used in permeable pavers areas. For example, typically sandy and good soil conditions can lead to quicker and less expensive installing processes, leaving you more of your budget for items like fire pits and sitting areas.


4. Are there drainage issues in your desired area?


The biggest threat to a paver patio is water! It is important to address any drainage issues on or around your paver patio as it is essential to ensuring your investment is safe for years to come. Do you currently have an area that drains poorly? Do you have any downspouts from the roof gutters that will affect your patio area? Are you able to pitch your patio to an area of the yard to ensure proper drainage? Do you need a water retention system for your gutter or patio? Maybe a curtain drain against a garage door where the driveway slopes back towards the house? Make sure to discuss your drainage issues with your contractor and have a plan to make sure water can't erode away your investment. Gmoscape has the best tips to make the right decision.


Remember we are here to give you all the information you need to make your outdoor living space projects a big success!



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Gmoscape is the best choice for designing and building outdoor spaces in Connecticut. Gmoscape Contractor will help you transform the outdoor spaces of your home. Visit us on our social networks to learn more about our services in Connecticut.


If you want to remodel your outdoor spaces, Gmoscape Contractor has qualified professionals who will evaluate what material is suitable for your garden or terrace to help you with your project and guide your decision. For more information, contact us and get a free quote.

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