The Drawbacks of Hardscaping With Pavers
Though concrete pavers are a great material to use in any hardscape project, there are some drawbacks that you should be aware of before you go ahead and install them or hire a contractor to do so. Hardscapes come with many advantages, but the few disadvantages there are may turn you against the material. Here is a brief concrete pavers guide explaining some of those issues:
1) Expense. Concrete pavers are expensive to initially install, especially when compared with other materials like concrete and asphalt. However, this expense is somewhat mitigated by the fact that pavers raise the value of a home, so in some cases this installation could be net even or even net positive in terms of value.
2) Some settling may occur. This will depend on the quality of the ground that the pavers are installed on and the quality of the foundation that’s installed. Regardless, even the best laid projects may settle a bit as the ground freezes, thaws, and just generally moves around, especially if deep excavation was required. This will not cripple a project, as the affected pavers can be taken up and relaid as necessary, but it can become a hassle if it happens often.
3) To install concrete pavers requires some heavy duty tools that may be out of the skill and budget of the homeowner. For instance, a plate compactor is very important to make sure the base and the paving stone project is well compressed and held together. However, this item is not exactly easily available; it can be rented, but for a price. Another piece of heavy equipment is a diamond blade wet saw, needed to cut pavers consistently. Working with this can be a challenge for someone not used to the equipment and the material, and diamond blades can be expensive.
Despite these problems, overall pavers are one of the best materials to work with. Remember that all materials have their drawbacks, and ultimately it’s about weighing the pros and cons.