For a long time, paving was done with pieces of cut stone, but manufactured paving was always an option. Recent advances in technology and economics have made manufactured pavers increasingly a better option than natural ones. The following are seven reasons to prefer manufactured pavers.
1. Superior Material
Natural pavers are made with stone, which comes in odd shapes, frequently in fragments, and always contains impurities and flaws. Manufactured pavers are concrete aggregate, permitting elimination of all flaws and the creation of one entire, perfect paver without splicing or fitting. Concrete has better tensile properties than stone, is both durable and water-effective, and is much easier to work with.
Manufactured pavers can be made in whatever shape and size is needed, while stone must be cut to the desired shape and size—which is not always feasible. As a result, there are only a few basic sizes and shapes of stone pavers available, while manufactured pavers can be in literally any shape and size desired.
Stone is frequently expensive because of the extensive work involved in quarrying and cutting it. Manufactured concrete aggregate pavers, on the other hand, are much more affordable because the material they are made from and the work required to create them is significantly less, allowing the supplier to pass significant cost savings on to the client. Stone also has a pretentiousness premium on its price, much as designer jeans do; but, while an off-brand of jeans can be of the same quality, durability and beauty as designer jeans for a much lower price, manufactured pavers are actually superior to natural pavers for a much lower price.
Because of their natural flaws, natural pavers rarely match the aesthetics of manufactured ones, which can be made to look exactly as the client wants them to look. Manufactured pavers simply look better in every setting.
Natural pavers are available in only a small number of variations, making them sometimes imitative and monotonous. Manufactured pavers, on the other hand, can be made to look totally different from any other pavers in the area, including other manufactured pavers. The opportunity for true creativity and uniqueness with manufactured pavers is nearly unlimited.
6. Useful Life
While natural pavers are not designed for paving, and therefore subject to wear through normal processes such as precipitation and being walked on, manufactured pavers are specially designed to resist wear, so they may last longer and require replacing and repair less frequently.
7. Currency-Related Affordability
With today’s strong Australian dollar, imported materials are an excellent, cost-saving choice. It so happens that the materials for manufactured pavers are imported, so that they are significantly less expensive than stone.
There are excellent reasons why increasing numbers of paving professionals are switching to manufactured pavers, using them by preference, and recommending them to clients. Manufactured pavers are less expensive and difficult to source, easier to work with, and more satisfying to the client. For DIY paving jobs, manufactured pavers offer the same sorts of benefits. Those who seek to do paving should make the same choice the professionals do and choose manufactured pavers—the economical, labour-saving, aesthetically superior choice for paving in Australia and everywhere else.