Pavers vs. Concrete: Which is Better?

If you’re looking to build a patio or outdoor area, you might be wondering whether to use pavers vs. concrete as a base. Both have their pros and cons, so let’s take a look at them.


Concrete can be poured, in premade slabs, or in prefabricated blocks that have the look of pavers. You can also choose different options for finishes, from smooth to lightly textured to a stamped concrete that looks like anything from pavers to stone to wood and has texture that provides traction. A landscaping professional can show you all your options and help you choose what is best for your space and for your lifestyle.

Pavers have a more appealing aesthetic, more options as far as design and their finish lasts longer. They can be made from bricks, stone, concrete or even porcelain. Their high amount of texture provides a better grip than concrete, especially when wet. The upfront cost of pavers can be 10 to 15 percent higher than that for concrete. However, that shouldn’t be the only consideration when making your patio construction decision.

Durability: Pavers vs. Concrete

There is a difference between pavers and concrete in the amount of weight each material can handle. Pavers can take more weight compared to concrete, about four times as much. Concrete is also more likely to crack if the ground shifts or too much weight is on it. Be mindful that power washing can cause damage to concrete.

Cold weather and expansion and contraction from moisture can also cause cracking. Cracks aren’t easy to fix on a concrete slab. If it’s more than a hairline crack, you are looking at having to tear up the entire slab and replace it with a new one. This can negate the initial savings of choosing concrete over pavers.

If any pavers somehow sustain damage, it’s as easy as replacing the damaged pavers. You don’t have to replace the entire patio! Pavers can last 50 to 100 years. Concrete only lasts about 25 to 30 years. Pavers are less likely to crack because of their makeup. The natural density of stone keeps water out, reducing the chances of moisture causing damage. The sand joints and the natural interlocking between each set of pavers allow for plenty of expansion, so there is no cracking.


In conclusion, both pavers and concrete have their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to building an outdoor area such as a patio or walkway. Pavers are more durable and easier to repair than concrete but come with a higher upfront cost. Concrete is cheaper but less durable and harder to repair if it cracks.

When deciding which material to use for your outdoor area, consider your budget, the look you want to achieve, and how much maintenance you are willing to do over time.

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