Moderate- Tightly fitted, uniform units are placed over a sand bed and a compacted aggregate base.
Immediately ready for use. Can be installed by homeowner. Factory made pavers last for decades.
Very High- Each unit must be fitted together by hand.
High- Difficult for homeowner to install. Requires special equipment to stamp stone or paver patterns into surface. Surface sealer often used.
High- Concrete base often required which increases cost.
Inconsistent dimensions make units slow to install and difficult to maintain straight pattern lines.
Moderate- Difficult for homeowner to install.
Must wait 5 – 7 days for hardening before use. Surface quality depends on weather at time of pour and expertise of installers.
Low- Goes in quickly over compacted aggregate base. Can’t be installed by homeowner.
Crushed Stone or Gravel
Low- Dumped and spread over soil (no base required).