Pros & Cons of Interlocking Pavers


Interlocking pavers have been used for centuries, going all the way back to the ancient Roman roads. They are durable and aesthetically pleasing, which makes them a popular choice among homeowners these days. Interlocking pavers can be considered a system, with each paver being kept in place to keep the other intact. Not only are the pavers visually impressive, they are also beneficial to the environment. These pavers are usually permeable, which means that the water will percolate through the surface and recharge the groundwater tables. Unlike concrete as one consistent slab, these pavers have edges between each one and are filled with a material like sand.

Where Can They Be Put?
They can be placed in driveways, walkways, pathways, decking, pool decks, balconies, terraces, patios, courtyards, and more. Because interlocking concrete pavers don’t crack and distort as easily as other materials do, this increases the longevity of your paving project.

Interlocking pavers are great in large driveways and walkways. They add interest, curb appeal, and they can increase the value of your home. It is important to understand what goes into the preparation for the installment before you begin the project. In order for the job to get done right, there needs to be a compacted sub base, a geotextile fabric, a layer of sand, edge restraint, joint fill material, and pavers.

Each layer measurement will change with each project due to the individual circumstances. For instance, if you have issues with drainage, they will be addressed in the thickness of the layers. The installation of interlocking pavers can be a huge project depending on the size of the area(s). It is recommended that you call a professional in your area to get the job done the right way the first time.

Interlocking Paving Pros

  • Many design options

  • Many color options

  • Simple to repair

  • Can access underground utilities if needed

  • Much less cracking than traditional concrete

  • It’s permeable, making it beneficial to the environment

  • Durability with it comes to harsh weather and weight

  • Increases the home value

Interlocking Paving Cons

  • Weeds will grow in the joints, requiring occasional maintenance

  • Can shift over time needing adjustment

  • Costs more than traditional paving materials

There are definitely more pros than cons when it comes to interlocking pavers. They are one of the best options out there for paving and they are guaranteed to add a huge curb appeal to your home. The numerous colors and design options are one reason why homeowners choose interlocking pavers. They can come in black, tan, green, and nearly any other natural tone. Some of the projects are laid using one color of paver, while others will use multiple colors, creating an intriguing design. The more detailed and intricate the design, the more the cost is going to be. You should also consider your edge restraint for the border of your design, the most popular choice being a concrete curb or staked plastic edging. Ensure you know what you’re doing if you decide to do this project yourself. Pavers that are installed improperly may have to be replaced in a matter of months.

Planning on using interlocking paving bricks? Contact these Ottawa Landscaping and Interlocking companies. 

A&Z Interlock Design and Build
Ottawa Interlock
 2014 Calypso St
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 2M0
Phone: (613) 219-9862



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