When considering a Landscaping project today, there are so many
more design options available than in the past, which allows you
to exude your creative flair freely. But of course there is always
the limitation of the budget, how much you can spend, how much should
you spend, and of course how much will it all cost in the end. When
choosing the Paving product for your new driveway, patio, walkway,
pool surrounds or courtyard, always take into consideration the
long-term costs involved. For example, a cheaper Paver may bring
the cost of installation right down, but that particular Paver may
need extra maintenance or perhaps it will need repairs or replacement
over time. Hence, you should consider not only the installation
prices of the Pavers you select, but also consider the lifecycle
At the end of the day there must be a balance of aesthetics, performance and
the price, when selecting the type of Paver material for your Landscaping
MATERIALS PRICING ESTIMATES
Let us now compare a few types of materials that are commonly used for Landscaping projects, such as; Bricks and Pavers, Natural Stone
Pavers, Stamped and Colored Concrete, Concrete and Asphalt. We will consider the initial installation costs and the long term maintenance
costs involved, so as to get an estimate of the overall costs of the project at hand.
OUR Concrete Pavers are also a man made product, and they tend to be priced between $2-$5 per sq/ft. This is a reasonable price, particularly when compared to the price of Natural Stone
Pavers; however future maintenance costs must be considered. They can be installed for approx $6-$10 per sq/ft. The benefit of these materials is the color, shape, size and pattern opportunities available to you.
Bricks and Pavers
Brick Pavers can cost anywhere from .50 cents each, or between $5-$15 per sq/ft. As an estimate, Brick Pavers can be installed for
between $10-$20 per sq/ft.
The maintenance costs are not too high, for you really only need to wash and seal your pavers every year or so. Bricks and Pavers are extremely durable and will last a lifetime.
Natural Stone Pavers
Natural Stone Pavers will definitely have a higher initial cost.
They are not manufactured; they are naturally formed and quarried
stone, cut to size. On average you may pay $10-$30 per sq/ft
for installation, depending on the type of stone you choose,
the rarer the stone the more expensive. They can be installed
for approx $10-$25 per sq/ft.
Also the installation costs may be higher than other materials,
because Natural Stone Pavers are generally laid one by one,
which is labor intensive and time consuming.
The traditional old Poured Concrete is a durable material and quite cheap at about $5 a square meter, due to its quick and easy installation. Add a bit more if you want it
colored. The consideration with Poured Concrete is cracking, particularly in the northern climates, and color fading.
Therefore the maintenance costs can potentially be very high, especially if the slab cracks in the first year. Poured Concrete also
needs to be regularly cleaned and sealed, for if not, stains will be very hard to remove.
Stamped and Colored Concrete
Stamped Concrete has the durability of traditional Poured Concrete, with the added benefits of colors and patterns, creating a more
eye-pleasing addition to your landscape.
The price ranged from $5 to about $20 per sq/ft, depending on the design and patterns you select for your project. The reason for the low
price is that concrete is much faster to install than say, Natural Stone Pavers.
Stamped and Colored Concrete needs to be cleaned and sealed to maintain its color and prevent staining. If a regular maintenance
routine is not carried out your Stamped Concrete may crack, fade and stain considerably. If installed correctly, and maintained appropriately, it will last a lifetime.