When deciding on constructing or refurbishing a driveway, patio, or walkway, one of the main decisions a homeowner will encounter will be what type of material to use for the project. Should you pour a standard concrete slab? Use asphalt or crushed gravel? What about interlocking concrete pavers?
We would like to break it down to help explain the benefits of using interlocking concrete pavers over other material choices. RCP Block & Brick’s Bella Vista collection of interlocking concrete pavers, with their aesthetic appeal, variety of designs and colors, and strength, are the perfect choice for your next patio, driveway, or walkway. Here are some of the reasons why:
The physical properties of the RCP Bella Vista interlocking pavers allow for nearly 4 times the load bearing weight of a standard concrete slab, (Approximately 8000psi compared to 2000psi of some concrete slabs). This high strength of the concrete pavers allows for heavier loads and longer life than that of standard concrete or asphalt. When looking at the durability of asphalt surfaces it must be noted that they have only moderate strength and will break down with traffic over time. With gravel, due to the fact that it is not permanent, it will require regular filling and therefore does not provide a durable, long-lasting surface for such applications as driveways, pathways, or patio areas.
The flexibility of an interlocking concrete paver system allows for adjust to the environment as well as avoiding seismic distortion and cracking. In the case of concrete slabs, there is a lack of flexibility which will lead to shrinkage and cracking over time. Although somewhat flexible, the same is true with asphalt as it will crack over time and soften with high temperatures. The flexibility of concrete pavers over other paving materials add to the longevity of the concrete paver system, providing you will a long-lasting paving option.
Repair and maintenance of interlocking pavers is simple, easy and affordable. If for some reason a paver becomes damaged or stained, you simply need to remove the offending paver(s) and replace it with a new paver(s). Repair and maintenance of concrete slabs and asphalt are more complicated. Stains and cracks to concrete slabs and asphalt lead to expensive and time consuming resurfacing projects which will likely occur multiple times over the lifetime of the paved area. As far as gravel areas, they must be filled in frequently. Over time and with use, the surface will become uneven.
Keep pavers looking like new by sealing them with one of the many concrete sealers sold at RCP every 12 to 18 months, depending on how much traffic the area receives. It also may be necessary to add joint sand to your interlocking concrete paver area every so often to replace any sand that has been swept or washed away.
When using concrete, asphalt, or gravel as a paving material you are limited by color choices, styles, and receive a low visual appeal. RCP’s Bella Vista interlocking pavers provide you with countless combinations of colors, patterns, styles and finishes assuring the uniqueness of your project. This variety assures that your paving project will stand out from all the rest.
Moderate, Will Crack
Not Flexible, Will Crack
Moderate, Treatment of Cracks
Moderate, Breaks Down With Traffic
Flexible, Will Crack
Moderate, Reseal Every 4–5 Years
High, 4x Stronger Than Concrete
Flexible, Will Not Crack
Low, Easily Replaced if Needed