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How do I Choose the Best Cement Pavers?

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  • Written By: Matthew Brodsky
  • Edited By: A. Joseph
  • Last Modified Date: 21 September 2018
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Cement pavers are an inviting option for any pathway on your property, because there are many different shapes, colors and types of pavers from which to choose. Then again, having so many options can make it difficult to make sure that you're selecting the right cement pavers for your needs. Your decision should be based on what size and shape path you're making as well as the foot traffic and landscaping conditions in the area.

Perhaps the first consideration is what size and shape of pathway you are looking to create with the pavers. If you are creating a pathway that is 4 feet (1.22 m) wide, for instance, you will want to purchase pavers with dimensions that match evenly with that size. For instance, you could buy pavers that are a 1 foot (30.5 cm) wide or 8 inches (20.3 cm) wide. Otherwise, you might need to cut the cement pavers with a masonry saw to match your specifications, or you might need to change your specifications.

Then again, you might be purchasing the cement pavers to create a patio or a driveway. In this case, you will need to pick a concrete paver that can withstand the frequent impact of human feet, furniture and vehicles. Lightweight versions of precast pavers, for instance, can crack after too much weight has been placed on them. This consideration should also come into play if you're laying cement pavers in a heavily trafficked path.

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Next, your choice of cement pavers should come down to whether you prefer interlocking pavers or architectural slab pavers. The former are the best choice when strength is needed. If you are looking for style and flexibility in use, however, the interlocking pavers are not the best choice. These tend to have a fabricated look to them and are plainly shaped.

The architectural slab cement pavers, on the other hand, are designed to look like brick or stone, though they cost a fraction of those materials. These types of concrete pavers, however, are not best for heavy-duty use, such as with a driveway. For properties in colder regions, as well, this type of paver might not make the best choice. Freezing and thawing during the seasons might affect them.

Pavers also come in different shapes. Your choice could come down to your personal preference. Concrete pavers repeat in shapes, so it's important that you like a particular pattern. A professional installer might do a better job of making patterns less noticeable, however.

If you are a price-conscious person, perhaps the last and most important decision to make is on cost. Concrete pavers have a wide range of price tags. A final decision must then be based on the best type of paver for your use at the best price.

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