Flatwork and Pavers

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If you’ve been thinking of installing a new walkway, driveway, or patio, then there are a few essential decisions you will have to make. One of these decisions will be to choose between flatwork and pavers. While both construction materials are very popular, they are quite different. Flatwork involves the pouring of concrete along a horizontal surface while pavers are individual tiles that are fitted together to create a solid surface. Whatever decision you make, we are the best contractors in Billings for your project. Below, we compare some of the properties of both materials to ease your decision making.

Cost
You must ensure that you are capable of funding your construction project before kickstarting it. This is why you have to compare the cost of installing both materials. Concrete slabs are significantly cheaper than paving stones. This is because concrete slabs are mixed and poured on-site while paving stones are manufactured in factories. The cost of transporting pavers further increases its installation cost. But if you consider their long term costs, then paving stones will become the more economical option. This is due to the higher cost of repairing and replacing concrete slabs. Pavers are more durable and easier to replace.

Maintenance
Another important thing you must consider as a property owner is the amount of ongoing maintenance your structure will need. A properly installed concrete slab will require little maintenance. The two common issues associated with concrete are stains and cracks. Stains can be removed with pressure washers while cracks can be patched. But patches will make your concrete less sightly with time. Paving stones are more resistant to cracks and stains. When damages occur, individual pavers can be replaced without leaving a trace. Pavers are more susceptible to weed growth due to the presence of several joints.

Appearance
Paving stones are more attractive and they are guaranteed to enhance the visual appeal of your home. They are produced in an array of colors, shapes, sizes, and patterns. This gives you lots of design and customization options. Also, the way pavers are produced enables them to keep their colors regardless of the level of traffic they experience. While concrete slabs are primarily available in grey color only, they can be more stylish through stamping. Stamped concrete can be designed to mimic more expensive materials such as brick, flagstone, and wood. Stamped concrete will require a higher budget than traditional concrete.

Installation
Contrary to the information on several blogs, both concrete slabs and pavers should only be installed by skilled and experienced hands. DIY installation is inadvisable as a simple mistake can have serious repercussions on the entire job. That said, the installation of concrete slabs is less labor-intensive compared to pavers. After installation, concrete work will have to be allowed to cure and dry before it can be used. This will take several days. The installation process of paving stone is more complex but it won’t need drying or curing after completion. You just have to apply a sealant.

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