Interlocking Stone Driveway with Stone Borders

Interlocking Stone vs. Concrete

Interlocking Stone vs. Concrete

Thinking about a patio, walkway or driveway but can’t decide between interlocking stone and concrete? We love working with interlocking stone pavers because they’re so versatile and allow for flexible designs that a flat, rigid surface can’t do. But, there are quite a few other benefits to interlocking stone to consider:

Durability

  • In a colder climate, concrete can shrink and crack due to expansion and contraction of the earth during freeze & thaw – interlocking stone pavers will not crack, shrink or expand, they flex with the changes in the ground
  • Interlocking stone has a minimum compressive strength of 8,000 lbs psi (per square inch) – 3 times stronger than concrete paving

Maintenance

  • Pavers are very easy to maintain. Regular sweeping and occasional rinse with the hose are sufficient. For tough stains, pressure washing with appropriate clearing solutions and re-sanding of joints with polymeric sand or simply scrub a tough spot with a brush, cleaner and some water
  • If an oil spill or other stain isn’t easily removed, the affected stone can simply be replaced

Drainage

  • Paving stones allow water to flow between them helping water from pooling in a particular area. Poured concrete is impermeable, which means that water that would normally filter through the area runs off and can end up in flower beds or grass areas.

Price

  • Although concrete paving may be a lower initial cost, it will eventually crack and need to be replaced, resulting in a higher cost in the long term
  • Interlocking stone adds style, curb appeal and increases the overall value of your home

Appearance

  • Interlocking stone is available in a wide variety of colours, styles and finishes