You’re looking to redo your driveway or add that patio and BBQ area you’ve always wanted and you’re starting to look at your paving options, but everyone tells you that stone pavers are a bad idea – you should use concrete or asphalt instead. But are the things they’re telling you true? Here are five of the most common misconceptions when it comes to stone paving:
- Stone pavers don’t last: This is only true if your pavers aren’t of good quality. Quality stones will last just as long as a concrete or asphalt slab will, and they’re more aesthetically pleasing, too. Just make sure you find a supplier who only sources the best stone pavers on the market.
- Stone pavers can become uneven over time: This will only happen if your pavers are not laid correctly the first time. If you’re unsure about how to lay your stones, contact a professional to do it for you. Some stones are also adjustable once they have been laid (whereas a slab of concrete is not), so there is some room to fix up any mistakes later on.
However, tree roots and poor drainage can also result in your pavers becoming uneven. These kinds of problems should be looked at before the stones are laid and designs should be adjusted accordingly to ensure as little of this affects the layout as possible.
- Stone pavers encourage weed growth: If pavers are laid properly, there is no reason for weeds to miraculously spring up between the stones overnight. Generally, pavers are laid with polymeric sand or another kind of joint sand, which leaves no space for weeds to grow. This also stops the infestation of bug nests and the gathering of dirt between stones.
- Stone pavers are costly and difficult to repair: While some styles can seem to be a little on the expensive side, their durability and attractiveness add value to your home (much more than either concrete or asphalt would). There is also a range of affordable pavers on the market; you just have to know where to look.
And pavers are not difficult to repair at all. It is much easier to replace a single stone if it somehow becomes damaged then it is to repair damage to concrete. The latter often involves the use of professionals who quite often have to replace part of the slab if not the entire thing. It is handy to get a few extra stones than you need, just in case any become damaged down the line.
- Stone pavers are difficult to lay: In reality, it is no more difficult, or time consuming, to lay down some pavers than it is to lay a concrete or asphalt slab. As long as the surface has been hard packed (and you can hire machines that do this) and you have a set design that you follow, the process is relatively easy.