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fierysun 08-31-2007 07:10 PM

Poured Concrete vs. Concrete Pavers For A Driveway
 
I'm looking to get rid of a section of grass on the side of an existing driveway. I'm contemplating both methods. Anyone have an opinion or has done either method?

concretemasonry 08-31-2007 07:26 PM

Poured Concrete vs. Concrete Pavers For A Driveway
 
I assume this is the driveway in the front of your home. Because of this, whatever looks the best would be desireable.

If it was just one side, pavers might look strange, although your new concrete will not match the old.

It is was strips on both sides, pavers would certainly look the best and lend a bit more class than plain concrete.

Pavers are more DIY friendly since you can go at your own pace and do not have to know how to finish concrete.

fierysun 08-31-2007 07:36 PM

Thanks. If I do go the paver way I would seriously think about taking out the older driveway.

troubleseeker 09-01-2007 02:32 PM

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Originally Posted by fierysun (Post 60739)
I'm looking to get rid of a section of grass on the side of an existing driveway. I'm contemplating both methods. Anyone have an opinion or has done either method?

Unless you want the contrast between the existing concrete and the new paver area, I would just go with concrete. Drill the edge of the existing drive and install rebar dowel pins to keep the sections from setttling unevenly. The cement guy should be able to get a reasonablebly close finish. After the concrete has cured, clean the old drive with a 3500psi or more pressure washer, thus making the old much closer in color to the new. Nature will take over from there.

Pavers will be ok if you want the contrasting look, but you fill find that installing them correctly is not cheap. For them to last, you have to follow manufacturers instructions for compacted stone base, etc, it is not just getting rid of the grass and throwing them into a bed of sand as you may have been led to believe.

Tscarborough 09-01-2007 06:25 PM

The sub-base for pavers is the same as for concrete, so that is a moot point.

GearHd6 09-03-2007 04:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Tscarborough (Post 60843)
The sub-base for pavers is the same as for concrete, so that is a moot point.

That is sort of true but can also be false due to different soils in different areas. If you've got a good gravel base and you dont over excavate your base will be fine for concrete. For the pavers you'll need to follow the manufacters requirements. And as mentioned above installing the pavers can become more costly than anticipated. I can speak for gravel here in the northeast and I pour concrete on it everyday.

troubleseeker 09-05-2007 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Tscarborough (Post 60843)
The sub-base for pavers is the same as for concrete, so that is a moot point.

Never in my life seen a concrete slab speced over a "mininum of 6"s compacted stone " as is required for a lasting paver job. Perhaps it is a cold climate related thing for your area, but I am in deep south where the only thing that goes under a slab is sand to level the site.

Tscarborough 09-05-2007 09:39 PM

It is a local soil issue. At my house, no sub-base is needed, while 5 miles due East of me, you would need 6".

fierysun 09-06-2007 09:20 AM

I planned on using 4" of compacted stone to cover my bases.

Ron6519 09-06-2007 10:34 PM

4" of base is not acceptable for a driveway. Good for a patio when the biggest thing is your fat Aunt. Driveways require 12" of base.
Ron

fierysun 09-09-2007 08:01 PM

LOL! Thanks.

Kaylee 10-26-2011 07:34 PM

probably I go for concrete pavers driveway the older way .to ensure that your concrete driveway will look good for many years to come, there are important steps to follow before making concrete driveway. How well your driveway looks and performs long-term is largely related to the quality of workmanship and materials that go into it.

ddawg16 10-26-2011 07:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Ron6519 (Post 61711)
4" of base is not acceptable for a driveway. Good for a patio when the biggest thing is your fat Aunt. Driveways require 12" of base.
Ron

You must own or have stock in a gravel company......

First time I have ever heard of that much base being needed....I believe 4-6" is more of the standard.....

AndyGump 10-26-2011 08:19 PM

After four years I hope he got it done.

Andy.

ddawg16 10-26-2011 08:32 PM

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Originally Posted by AndyGump (Post 757557)
After four years I hope he got it done.

Andy.


One of these days I'll start looking at the date of the original post.....geeezzzzzzzz


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