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COST BENEFITS



     

COST BENEFITS OF PAVERS

When designing a residential landscape, cost is always a factor that must be considered, especially if you have a fixed budget. Installing pavers for your outdoor living area is an inexpensive way to beautify your landscape. There are many cost benefits of using pavers compared to other materials including the purchasing of materials, the installation costs and of course the long term maintenance.

Low Maintenance

Pavers will last a life time if properly looked after. Pavers are low maintenance, giving you more time to enjoy your outdoor living area rather than maintaining it. Once installed, a coat of paver sealant will assist in keeping the color fresh and also making it easier to clean. Pavers just need a regular hosing down to remove any excess dirt or debris that may appear from the surrounding garden. High pressure cleaners can be used but make sure the force is not too fierce or it could cause damage to the pavers. A simple wash will ensure your pavers preserve that pristine appearance for many years to come.

Installation Price Comparison

Price is always an important factor to take into consideration when planning a landscape project. Here we will compare some prices of the most common application for a residential landscape.

Pavers are very reasonably priced depending on the type of pavers chosen. Standard brick or concrete pavers can start from around $5-$15 per square foot. Natural stone pavers are a bit more expensive and can range from $10-$40 per square foot and installation costs will be more than the average paver installation.

A concrete slab can cost as little as $5 per square foot, more if you want it colored or stamped. Although installing a concrete slab may be the cheaper option to begin with, you really must look at the costs of ongoing maintenance and repairs.

Pavers VS. Concrete Slabs

Concrete slabs are very popular mainly because of the low costs involved for the installation. However, you must consider the long term benefits and costs involved. The costs of repairing pavers can be far more beneficial that those for repairing a concrete slab.

Cracking can occur in a pavement of any kind, most commonly caused by earth movement and weather conditions. If there is a crack in a paver, that one paver can be easily removed and replaced and look brand new again. There would be no evidence of the cracking. However, if there was cracking in a concrete slab, to repair this would mean the whole slab would have to be removed and laid again. The only other alternative is to leave the slab as is which will look very unattractive.

Realistically, the costs benefits of installing a concrete slab may initially seem to exceed the installation of pavers, however the costs benefits of pavers will far outweigh the concrete slab in the long term.

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