If you’ve been disappointed with cracked asphalt and concrete driveways in the past, it may be very important for you to get a driveway material that will last longer this time. Pavers are a good option, offering substantially more durability than these materials and many other benefits as well. Still, you might wonder, exactly how long do driveway pavers last?
The Lifespan of Driveway Pavers
Driveway pavers have a lifespan better measured in decades than years. While one unusual winter can crack open concrete or asphalt, properly installed pavers will last thirty years or more.
Of course, you probably noticed that caveat: “properly installed.” Pavers can withstand 10k PSI and have high tensile strength. Yet, when installed improperly, they can crack and wear out very quickly. It is absolutely essential that your installer follow best practices to ensure that you get the full lifespan from your pavers. We can offer a 30-year warranty for all of our new driveway paver installations because we are confident in the skill of our installation and the quality of our pavers.
Properly installed pavers can take much more pressure than asphalt and concrete driveways. You can safely drive in a moving truck or park your RV without worrying that you’re doing damage to your paver driveway.
Pavers also better drain away water than other driveway materials. The newest pavers actually absorb water and drain it out to the soil beneath them. This is a huge advantage not just to help control stormwater but also to prevent damage to the driveway. Sitting water on asphalt and concrete contributes to their cracking and erodes them, causing early damage. Pavers won’t have this problem.
Not all pavers are made equal. Some pavers are made of clay, others of concrete and stone. Some, From Unilock, are even made of secret materials that aren’t released to the public. It’s likely that these are specialty aggregates that give the pavers enhanced look, feel and potentially strength.
Which paver is the right option for a driveway? It depends. Professional paver companies can help you decide which is the strongest material you can use on your driveway that is still within your budget.
Repairing Driveway Pavers
What happens in the odd circumstance that you get a paver that cracks? It is much simpler than repairing a crack in an asphalt or concrete driveway, that’s for sure. Typically, all that needs to be done is for the professionals to pry out the cracker paver and put a new one in its place. This is quick and can be done without impacting the rest of the pavers. Repairing a driveway with pavers, in the rare case it has to be done, is much simpler than repairing other kinds of driveways.
Other Reasons to Choose Pavers
Pavers will last longer than other driveway materials, but they also offer much more. They’re beautiful and can transform a bland exterior into a jaw-dropping exterior. They add elegance and sophistication and are highly customizable, from color to pattern. There are plenty of reasons to choose a paver driveway.