When it comes to building a patio, one of the main decisions you'll need to make is whether to use interlocking pavers or concrete. Both options have their own unique advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to carefully consider your needs and preferences before making a final decision.
You'll find concrete interlocking pavers, stone pavers (i.e. flagstone walkways) or other materials that are designed to fit together tightly to create a solid, durable surface. One of the biggest advantages of interlocking pavers is their versatility. They come in a wide range of colours, shapes, and sizes, allowing you to create a truly custom look for your patio. Additionally, they are very durable and can withstand heavy traffic and extreme weather conditions without cracking or shifting. If one paver does become damaged, it can be easily replaced without having to replace the entire patio. Another advantage is that they allow for better drainage than concrete, which can help prevent water from pooling on your patio.
However, interlocking pavers can be more expensive than concrete, especially if you choose high-end materials or a complex design. Furthermore, the installation process can be more labour-intensive, which may also add to the cost.
Concrete is a popular choice for patios because it's relatively affordable and easy to work with. It can be poured into any shape or size, making it a versatile option for many different patio designs. Concrete can also be coloured or stamped to create a more decorative look. One advantage is that it's low-maintenance and can last for many years with proper care. It's also resistant to fire, weather, and insects.
However, concrete has some disadvantages as well. It can crack over time, especially if it's poured incorrectly or if the ground beneath it shifts, which is not as problematic in a city like Kingston, but it can occur. If a portion of the concrete does crack, it can be difficult and expensive to repair or replace. Additionally, concrete doesn't allow for good drainage, which can lead to water pooling and potential slip hazards.
The decision between interlocking pavers and concrete for your patio ultimately comes down to personal preference, budget, and the specific needs of your space. For further guidance, please call Masonry Kingston to discuss your vision about your space.