Pros and Cons of Interlock Paver Driveways and Walkways

The numerous benefits of using interlock pavers for driveways and walkways for both commercial and residential properties is the main reason for its popularity. Even though pavers cost slightly more than concrete or asphalt to install, home owners reap the benefits of its durability, curb appeal and much more that this material offers, thus saving money in the long run.

Benefits of Interlocking Pavers

Fast Installation

Interlock can be installed rather quickly and in any climate. Unlike asphalt or concrete, you can walk or drive on your newly paved interlock driveway immediately.

Durability

Pavers are strong and considered very weather resistant. When installed properly, it has a life expectancy of over 30 years. Cracked pavers can be repaired easily since each paver can be individually replaced.

Low Maintenance

It doesn’t take much effort to keep your interlock driveway looking good. Simply hose down the driveway to remove dirt and for a real clean, high pressure washing will do the trick. Most pavers come pre-sealed so there is no need to re-seal after installation.

Curb Appeal & Unique Style

Interlock pavers not only add curb appeal to your property, it can also allow you to express your own style. With the wide array of colors and a variety of paver shapes, your driveway can be your canvas to show your personal style.

Environmentally Friendly

Interlock pavers reduces water runoffs because of its permeable surface. Unlike asphalt or concrete, rain water on pavers will naturally infiltrate into the ground. It also traps suspended solids, process nutrients and oils and immobilize heavy metals.

Winter Weather Proof

Snow can be plowed, blown or shoveled off interlock pavers without causing any damages as with using common de-icing products (salt to calcium-chloride). In addition, like most materials, pavers expand and contract during freeze-thaw cycles. Because gaps between pavers are filled with sand, it gives way to these occurrences without producing surface cracks.

Safe

Interlock pavers have a non-skid and non-slip surface which makes it safe to walk or drive on, even after rain storms. It also makes it an ideal choice for landscaping around pool areas.

Disadvantages of Interlock Pavers

With all its benefits, interlock pavers also have disadvantages. Since pavers use polymer sand to bind it together, weeds can grow between them as the sand wear away from regular use or from wind erosion. To avoid weed growth, simply top off binding sand every few years. In addition, pavers may loosen overtime if it is not installed properly. Hire a reputable company to install your interlock landscaping to ensure pavers stays in place.

If you are looking to add some personal flare to your property with a material that doesn’t require much maintenance and will last over 30 years, interlocking pavers is your answer. These pavers have lifetime warranties and will look brand new with simple high pressure washing. To learn more on interlocking pavers and its applications, contact one of our specialist for more information or a no-obligation quote!