patio pavers or concrete patio in the great frozen northeast
What are the advantages or not of using one over the other ? We are concerned about the concrete cracking over time but are concerned the pavers will break the budget along with a retaining wall and firepit.
Concrete will always crack somewhere, but it cam be minimzed to where you normally can not see it.
Pavers are superior in a cold climate because it is a "flexible surface" - an engineering term that means it can move with the soil and return and the pavers will not crack, but a concrete slab is a "rigid surface" that can be expected to crack when the subgrade moves, so you have to control where it cracks.
Considering material cost, pavers are more costly, but for a DIY project, you can do it yourself and at your pace. Both materials require a base, even for a patio. You have to do the concrete pour all at once with some help. Pavers can be done intermittently until the surface is sanded and evened out to complete the job.
Last edited by concretemasonry; 02-27-2011 at 10:37 AM.