5 Reasons to Select Paving Stones Over Concrete

Written by Rob Starr of Go Pavers
Updated November 10, 2014
Paver walkway through gate to backyard patio.
Because of the joints between paving stones, rain drains away more easily, making them more slip-resistant.
Photo by Roger Tunis

Pavers offer versatility and style, can be adjusted or replaced more easily and provide better drainage.

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Pavers offer a wide range of design possibilities for driveways, says Starr. (Photo by Go Pavers)

The walkway or drive that leads to your home should be both a personal statement and a reflection of your good taste. What’s more, the materials should stand up to the weather, look great for years at a time and not be a burden with costly, involved maintenance.

Concrete was the favored material for years because it met some of these criteria. But today paving stones are the clear choice. Here are five reasons why:

1. Stains and other imperfections can be easily hidden with pavers

If you splash a little oil on a concrete drive, the stain usually becomes an ugly, permanent blemish. Not so with pavers. These can be quickly flipped or replaced so you always have a surface that looks pristine.

2. Pavers come in a wide range of attractive colors and designs

Mixing and matching all the possible different combinations will give you a unique drive or patio every time. The different ways you can put paving stones together are limited only by your imagination.

3. A paver walkway is ready to go from the time it's installed

Unlike concrete, which can take three to five days before it’s ready for traffic, there’s no curing period with pavers — and no waiting.

4. It's easier to make adjustments with pavers

When a concrete base shifts, cracking can result in costly repairs that are visible even when they’ve been professionally done. It’s much easier to deal with a paver’s base that has moved. Just remove the stones over the affected area, level if needed, then replace the same pavers for a finish that looks as good as new.

5. Better drainage means a secure paver surface

Pavers are solid under your feet. Because of all the joints between paving stones, rain drains away much more easily than it does from flat concrete surfaces. This feature makes pavers much more slip-resistant.

Upgrading to pavers is the right choice for several reasons. This is a durable, worry-free material that will last for years.  

About this Experts Contributor: Rob Starr represents Go Pavers, a family-owned and operated paving contractor in Valley Village, California. Go Pavers is an award-winning paving contractor specializing in the design and installation of high-quality paving stones for residential properties throughout Southern California. You can follow this contributor on Twitter and on Google+. You can also visit the company website.

As of November 10, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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