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mikesenior 05-02-2010 12:16 PM

Concrete or Pavers ?
 
I am trying to figure out the best way to expand my backyard patio. It is a flat concrete pad at the moment ... we would like to put tile on top but need to enlarge the patio beforehand.
I have been told that extending the patio by pouring additional concrete held to the original pad by rebar dowels is not satisfactory - especially if you want to lay tile on top of the larger pad. The separate pads will shift, crack and there goes the tile on top.
I have looked at removing the present concrete and laying pavers but have been told that this too is not a good plan as pavers need a lot of maintenance, weed control, you can't power wash them, and they heave or sink with the change of season.

Does anyone know which type of patio construction is regarded as being the best?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

...M...

Scuba_Dave 05-02-2010 12:47 PM

Where are you located ?

mikesenior 05-02-2010 01:46 PM

Hi Dave:

We're in Vancouver Canada, about 2 hrs drive north of Seattle.
We do get some frost in the winter - not like the prairies or eastern Canada/U.S. but it is here in winter.
A lot of rain too in winter but other than that, the climate is fairly benign.

...M...

GardenConcepts 05-02-2010 03:14 PM

I think you could get varying opinions on this; Pavers are designed to be a flexible surface, which is good and bad. Concrete is not a flexible surface, which is good and bad. Concrete will crack.

To me, it is an aesthetic decision. I prefer pavers- and you can power wash them and they have a little maintenance.

mikesenior 05-02-2010 03:19 PM

Thanks for that Chris:

My other half is most concerned with the growth of weeds or losing the fill between the paving stones. Is there some kind of material to use as filler between the stones that is preferable. I've heard of one that you can put down and after a few weeks it gets hard, almost like cement. I believe they use something similar on park bike trails or walking paths.

Any ideas.

thanks again ...M...


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