In today’s short read we’re going to answer whether it’s cheaper to lay concrete or brick pavers for your new patio. I’ll explain the difference between the two options and explain why we know and believe brick pavers are the cheaper option for a patio in Michigan.
Concrete is a quick and very accessible option for your patio. When it comes to concrete here are your options in Michigan: basic, exposed aggregate, and stamped concrete.
The most common form of concrete is a basic pour. It’s white in color and is poured, finished and cut with joints for guided drainage. Most patios are 4-6” for strength. For added durability concrete can be reinforced with steel rebar to add years and longevity to the patio.
About Brick Pavers
Brick pavers are an intricate and stylish way to update any walkway, patio, driveway, and pool deck. Pavers have been used for 100+ years as a durable solution for high traffic areas and exterior entertainment spaces.
The technologies in brick pavers have grown significantly. Many of today’s pavers are built to maintain their install look for decades and have 4x the strength of poured concrete.
The #1 reason many favor pavers is the aesthetic options which are second to none. Manufacturers like Unilock produce a variety of colors, textures, and sizes to combine to create some very unique spaces.
Why Brick Pavers are cheaper than concrete…
The above quote is so true! Let me explain. In Michigan concrete is typically the lesser expensive option than brick pavers. However, the long-term cost of concrete exceeds pavers.
In Michigan due to the expansion and contraction of the ground, concrete cannot be warrantied. This means in the event your concrete cracks it cannot be repaired. It will have to be fully replaced or you’ll settle for discoloration of your patio. Pavers however come with a lifetime warranty and we personally extend a 3-year labor warranty on our install services.
To make this a little clearer, let me explain. Yes, 95% of the time the cost of the concrete will appear to be lesser on paper. But, when we take a longer-term view it’s easy to recognize that the costs associated with a concrete patio make it to be more expensive than brick pavers.
Not to mention the cost of fewer design options to upgrade your outdoor living space!
If you’re interested in using brick pavers for your new patio, congratulations! You’re making the right decision and we’d love to partner with you this summer and get you access to exclusive Unilock Paver options to create a 1-of-1 space at your home.