Metro-DC Paver Attributes and Uses
Pavers are brick-like pieces of high-density concrete molded at a factory and shipped to the job site. Once at the site, they are installed individually as the top surface of a patio, walkway, or driveway. Unlike standard masonry, pavers are not mortared in place. However, they very much function as a unified surface once installation is completed.
Paver installations offer many advantages over standard concrete and stone surfaces. Paver patios, walkways, and driveways not only structurally sound but also aesthetically pleasing. And because each paver’s dimensions are tightly controlled at the factory, a paver installation is usually more uniform and presents a neater look than a similar installation of naturally occurring stone. Additionally, paver installations do not crack as concrete driveways may. If a paver is damaged, it can be replaced with relative ease.
Pavers are a premium product. Paver installations are more expensive than other standard surfaces, such as plain poured concrete. In fact they are usually at least twice as expensive as a standard concrete installation of similar dimensions. However, the cost of concrete pavers is lower than a surface composed of natural stone or brick.