Flatwork and Pavers
Before you choose between having a concrete flatwork or paver, you must have a clear understanding of what they are. Concrete flatwork is a type of construction that involves the pouring of concrete into a framework to create a perfectly flat and even surface. On the other hand, concrete pavers are pieces of concrete that are made in factories in specific colors, shapes sizes. They are similar to tiles, they arrive on site ready to be laid by hand. Both concrete flatwork and pavers are perfect for the installation of your driveways, sidewalks, patios, and foundations.
Cost of Installation
When the cost of installing both types of concrete is considered, concrete flatwork is easily the more affordable option. The idea behind this is quite simple. Concrete pavers have to go through several processes before they finally arrive on site. Onsite, they will have to be installed orderly, with care and caution to get the best results. On the other hand, the ingredients for a flatwork are mixed and poured on-site. The installation process is easier and faster. It also requires less labor. Concrete pavers can cost anywhere between 10 to 15% more than concrete flatwork.
Repairs and Maintenance
Both flatwork and pavers are durable and easy to maintain. But the repair of a concrete flatwork can be costly. This is because when a flatwork becomes seriously damaged, a complete replacement may have to be done. Minor cracks in concrete slabs can be repaired through patching or resurfacing. In the case of pavers, problems can be fixed quite easily. A repair can be as simple as pulling out a damaged paver and installing a new one in its place. The lower cost of repairing a flatwork makes it a more cost-effective option in the long run. So, the initial cost shouldn't discourage you.
Since concrete pavers are available in a wide array of colors, shapes, patterns, and textures, they have more aesthetic appeal than flatwork. That said, several procedures can be carried out on a concrete slab to make it more visually appealing. You can choose to have your flatwork scored, stained, or decorated with stones. Furthermore, stamped concrete is designed to appear like pavers. So, you can choose between a simulated version or original pavers depending on your budget and style preferences. You should get a quote on the cost of both options before choosing as their prices are usually close.
Another thing you should consider is safety. Concrete pavers are safer than flatwork. Flatwork is known to be slippery when wet. This can make it difficult for cars to move and as a result, leave tire marks on driveways. It also makes it unsafe to have a concrete slab around your pool. Concrete pavers are designed to be skid and slip-resistant. Cars will be able to move on your driveway freely, regardless of the weather. This means the appearance of your concrete driveway won't be dented by tire marks. People will be able to walk around your pool area without worry.