Are All Pavers Created Equal?

You might not think there’s a huge difference in the pavers you choose for your pool or patio other than their price and appearance, but we’re here to tell you that’s not the case. Particularly when deciding between limestone, concrete, brick, and travertine pavers, each type provides different benefits, and differs in maintenance, durability,...

You might not think there’s a huge difference in the pavers you choose for your pool or patio other than their price and appearance, but we’re here to tell you that’s not the case. Particularly when deciding between limestone, concrete, brick, and travertine pavers, each type provides different benefits, and differs in maintenance, durability, safety, and more. To help you decide which paver is the ideal fit for your next landscaping project, here’s a full breakdown of the four paver types listed above.

Limestone

Material Composition

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Unlike concrete, brick or asphalt, limestone isn’t created through a mixture of natural stone and man-made aggregates; naturallimestone is quarried from sedimentary deposits formed over millions of years, and is free of composites such as chemicals, aggregates and dyes. This is why limestone pavers have a very specific, natural landscaping aesthetic that can’t be duplicated by concrete or asphalt.

Environmental Friendliness

Natural stone pavers like limestone have a limited environmental impact from quarrying, cutting, and dressing, making it an exceptional option for those looking for a green product.

Safety

When it comes to pool pavers, limestone is one of the most popular options thanks to its naturally solar reflective surface that helps it stay cool to the touch. A finish can also be applied to limestone pavers to help increase slip-resistance. Type III Dolomitic Limestone tests showed average safety ratings between 0.65-0.95, depending on the finish chosen.

Upkeep & Maintenance

Classified as High Density Limestone by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Type III Dolomitic Limestone is one of the more resilient stone materials for outdoor use, and outperforms less dense and durable Type II stones when it comes to longevity. Type III Dolomitic Limestone is also resilient to repeatedly being frozen and thawed, with historically best in class performance in density, compressive strength, bending strength, and abrasion resistance.

Concrete

Material Composition

Concrete Pavers.jpgMan-made stone, like concrete, is made using a variety of composite materials, including silicon, sand, Portland cement, aggregates, and a mix of chemicals. The composition of the stone will vary based on several things, such as humidity, curing, materials used, and simple differences between the procedures operators use.  

Environmental Friendliness

After coal-powered electricity, cement manufacturing is the next biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. While new production techniques can help cut down on the amount of CO2 produced, there are greener options available for environmentally conscious buyers.

Safety

Though stamped concrete has a tendency to be slippery and produce a daytime glare, concrete pavers are a more functional option, allowing better drainage with rain and snow, improved slip resistance, and less glare.

Upkeep & Maintenance

While some cracking may occur in areas with extreme climate changes, overall, concrete pavers are strong and durable. They’re also manufactured to be uniform shapes and sizes, and can easily be replaced if needed. As a note for upkeep, you may have to fill the spaces between pavers with sand every once in a while to maintain a level surface.

Brick

Material Composition

Brick Pavers.jpgBricks are made from clay and shale, then fired in a kiln at up to 2,000° F, where the materials fuse together to create an incredibly strong composite.

Environmental Friendliness

Brick kilns are some of the leading emitters of sulfur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the U.S. Measures are being taken to reduce the amount of pollutants, but it is not considered an environmentally friendly choice.

Safety

Depending on the type of brick chosen, brick pavers can be a little bit slippery, but can easily be fixed with an anti-skid finish.

Upkeep & Maintenance

Like concrete pavers, you’ll need to fill the gaps between your bricks with sand from time to time. This helps prevent weeds from popping up between stones, and keeps everything level. It’s always good to have a few spare bricks on hand for easy replacements as well.

Travertine

Material Composition

Travertine Pavers.jpgLike limestone, travertine is a naturally occurring stone often found in springs and caves, and could be described as a mixture between limestone and marble.

Environmental Friendliness

Much like limestone, the environmental impact of quarrying travertine is minimal, and a great option for green-friendly buyers.

Safety

Travertine has small holes throughout the stone, helping to make it slip-resistant. It also has a naturally reflective surface, helping keep its temperature down so you don’t burn your bare feet.

Upkeep & Maintenance

While travertine has many benefits, it’s known to be softer and more brittle than the other 3 options listed above, and can be susceptible to cracking. This is a result of its porous nature, where the freeze and thaw cycle will often result in cracked tiles. Even with proper sealing and upkeep, it’s not well suited for outdoor use in cold areas, but perfect for climates with extreme heat.

As you can see, different pavers provide different benefits that go above and beyond just color and cost. The climate, the usage, safety, and the amount of upkeep involved should all be taken into consideration before making a decision. If you have any questions about which type of paver would be the best option for your pool or patio project, contact us any time and we’ll be happy to help!

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