Pavers are a very popular outdoor building material used to create a wide variety of surfaces. This can include sidewalks, patios, pool decks, driveways and more. When it comes to outdoor surfaces, the durability and longevity of pavers make them one of the finest paving materials available. Of course, as with any top-rated material, there is a price premium to be paid. So is it worth it? How long will pavers last? We’ll find out in this post.
What Are Pavers Made Of?
Pavers can be made of many different materials. Clay brick, porcelain, concrete and natural stone can all be used in the paver manufacturing process. The material that the paver is made of will determine its versatility, durability and overall look.
Why Are The Benefits Of Pavers?
The fact that a paver surface is composed of many small pieces means that if there are any problems with cracks, buckling, frost heave or degradation, only the affected sections need to be replaced. This is not so easy with slabs made of concrete or asphalt. Weight distribution is also much more effective with pavers compared to the solid surfaces of concrete or asphalt. Pavers also come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colours which can provide aesthetically appealing results. Whereas, it’s a stretch to consider a slab of concrete or asphalt aesthetically pleasing.
How Long Will Pavers Last?
The strength, durability and lifespan of a surface made of pavers depend on the type of materials used. If the maintenance regimes are optimal, brick pavers can last 25 years or more. Concrete pavers allow for more design options and will last for 25 to 50 years. Porcelain pavers, which are made from an amalgamation of kiln-fired clays and other additives are known to last 50 years or more. Natural stone pavers, such as cobblestone or travertine, are very durable and can last over 100 years.
How To Make Pavers Last Longer
The key to increasing the lifespan of pavers made from any type of material is an effective maintenance schedule. Pavers should be properly installed, kept clean and free of weeds. Sealants should be applied regularly. They should also be repaired immediately if any damage occurs. With the right type of installation and maintenance, you can expect your paver-made surface to last its full natural lifespan.