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Concrete or Pavers: Which Is Cheaper? What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages?

March 10, 2023 / Written by: Carlos Gonzales

March 10, 2023
Written by: Carlos Gonzales

When it comes to landscaping, it's important to consider both the aesthetic and the economic aspects of the choice you make. Deciding between concrete and pavers for pavement hardscaping and outdoor living spaces is no different.

Are you looking for a cost-effective option or one that will last for years to come? Here we will compare concrete and pavers based on cost and durability.

Cost Comparison: Concrete vs. Pavers

When looking at the cost comparison between concrete and pavers, there are a few factors to consider. Above all, you should consider the shape and size of the area you plan to redo and the maintenance required for each material.

Initial Costs 

Concrete is usually the cheaper option upfront. Depending on the size of the area you're looking to cover, you could expect to pay anywhere from $3 to $7 per square foot for concrete.

On the other hand, individual pavers can range in price from $2 to $5 per square foot, but you'll also need to factor in the cost of sand and any other materials needed to complete the project.

Long-Term Costs

When it comes to long-term costs, concrete pavers are more expensive. Over time, concrete can crack and need to be replaced, which can be a costly repair. Pavers, on the other hand, are more resilient and will last much longer without needing to be replaced frequently.

Labor and Installation Costs

Concrete requires more labor to install than pavers, so you can expect to pay more for labor with a concrete project. Pavers are relatively easy to install and can often be done with a DIY approach. 

Durability: Concrete vs. Pavers

The long-term durability of concrete and pavers will depend on the environment they are installed and the maintenance they receive. 

Concrete is more resistant to heavy traffic than pavers since it's one solid surface and can handle the weight of vehicles and foot traffic.  While concrete slabs are a strong and durable material, it's prone to cracking and chipping over time. It's also susceptible to staining and fading, which can make it look unsightly.

On the other hand, pavers are more durable than concrete since each paver is independent of the others and can easily be replaced if damaged. They're also resistant to staining, fading, and cracking and can last for many years with the proper care and maintenance.

Pavers are more prone to shifting and cracking under the weight of vehicles, although they can be reinforced with a thicker base layer to increase their durability.

Maintenance: Concrete vs. Pavers

To ensure that both concrete and paver installations remain in good condition, regular maintenance is essential. All concrete and paver installations should be inspected periodically, with any necessary repairs made as soon as possible.

Concrete requires regular maintenance to keep it looking its best. You'll need to wash the surface regularly to prevent mold and mildew buildup, and you may need to reseal the surface every few years to protect it from staining and fading.

Compared to concrete, pavers require very little maintenance. The occasional sweeping and pressure-washing should be enough to keep them looking their best. You may also need to fill in any gaps between the pavers with sand or gravel to help keep them in place.

Advantages and Disadvantages 

Paver patios and concrete slabs are two popular and widely used options for hardscaping and landscaping projects. Both have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages that need to be weighed and considered when deciding which one is best for a particular project.


Concrete is relatively inexpensive and can be installed quickly and easily. It's also strong and durable and is resistant to heavy traffic. In addition, concrete can be stamped or stained to give it a unique look and feel, which is perfect for those looking to personalize their project.

However, concrete is prone to cracking and chipping and can fade and stain over time. It also requires regular maintenance to keep it looking its best. Plus, it's more difficult to repair if it does become damaged.


Pavers are more durable than concrete and can last for many years with the proper care and maintenance. They're also resistant to staining and fading and can be easily replaced if damaged.

Keep in mind that a paver structure is more expensive than concrete and can be more difficult to install. They're also more prone to shifting and cracking under the weight of vehicles.

As a homeowner, you have a wide variety of durable options for pavement hardscaping. When it comes to deciding between concrete, pavers, and natural stone, it's important to consider both the cost and the durability. Ultimately, the decision will come down to your personal preference and budget.

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With West Hills Masonry's paver installation services, your outdoor living space will become the paradise you've always imagined. As one of the top-rated contractors in Orange County, we take great pride when our customers beam with joy after a successful project.

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Carlos Gonzales
He is the co-owner and project consultant of West Hills Masonry – a industry leading hardscape and landscape contractor providing the finest in custom outdoor-scapes in Orange County, CA. Carlos and his team at West Hills Masonry have over 50 years of combine experience. Carlos is very keen on understanding client perspective and integrate their vision with professional recommendation for proper finished installation.

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