Mon. Apr 15th, 2024
Concrete as a Paver
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Over the years, we’ve often been asked whether we install pavers, and the answer is, we do not. We are not the subcontractor you’re looking for if your project involves pavers. However, we can offer you an exciting alternative that combines the aesthetic appeal of pavers with the practical advantages of concrete.

At Cesar’s Concrete, we’ve honed our methods for using concrete to create high-end, decorative appearances that rival the look of pavers. Whether you desire a classic running-bond pattern, alternating colors, different textures, or an overall upscale design, we can make it happen. As a concrete contractor, we’ve collaborated with designers and general contractors for years to bring the best in aesthetics and durability to their projects.

While pavers have traditionally been favored for their perceived attractiveness, we know that some folks believe pavers have the edge in this department. However, we concrete enthusiasts respectfully disagree and believe that we can achieve equally stunning results with concrete.

But let’s not ignore the benefits of pavers:

Replace Easily

Pavers can be swapped out individually, providing easy access to the ground below.

Drainage Versatility

Pavers allow for versatile drainage solutions without the need for significant slopes.

However, focusing solely on the positives might obscure better alternatives. Common issues with pavers include loose pavers becoming trip hazards, as well as the time and cost involved in placing each paver by hand.

On the flip side, cast-in-place concrete offers its own set of benefits:

Durability and Strength

Concrete provides exceptional durability and strength, making it a robust choice.

Longevity

Properly maintained concrete can last for many years, offering a long-lasting solution.

Ease of Maintenance

Concrete is relatively easy to maintain, reducing long-term hassle.

Let’s take a look at some real-world examples:

1) Dual Brand Hotel: Originally slated for pavers, this project ultimately used concrete, enhanced with decorative Sawcut designs and thin bands of colored cement. This approach not only achieved the desired visual appeal but also saved time and money. It also eliminated the potential tripping hazards associated with shifting pavers, and the developer is now considering this method for future projects.

2) Boulder Civic Area Park: In this park, we incorporated paver-like designs in the walking and biking paths. For safety, “speed tables” were used in the bike path to slow down bikers at intersections. This choice addressed the issue of loose pavers, enhancing parkgoers’ safety.

3) Market Station: Under construction in Downtown Denver, Market Station features a unique concrete design that typically only pavers could achieve. This design adds value and style to the project without inflating costs, and it promises longevity, ensuring the walkway’s beauty for years to come.

In summary, while pavers have their merits, concrete offers an equally appealing and often more practical alternative. If you’re considering a project that initially leans toward pavers, it’s worth exploring the possibilities that concrete can provide in terms of aesthetics, durability, and cost-effectiveness.

This post was written by a professional at Cesar’s Concrete. Cesar’s Concrete was created after our owner saw the need for a new breed of Concrete Company in Windsor, CO in the industry – one who operates with strong moral principles and knows the ins and outs of the business; ensuring customers a beautiful, lasting project. We specialize in all types of concrete repair and installation, including driveways, patios, sidewalks, walkways, and much more!

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