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Paving Material Comparison

Use this chart to quickly compare paving options

Paving Material Pros Cons Installation
Brick
Rustic appeal
Rich color
Durable
Not slip resistant
Can shift and crack
Hand laid
Dry over sand
Mortared over concrete
Concrete
Limitless shapes and colors
Can be stamped or textured
Slip resistant
Durable
Low maintenance
May crack
Not permeable
Poured Melbourne place
Must cure before use
Flagstone
Natural beauty
Available locally
Wide variety of color options
Slip resistant
May wear
May crack Melbourne freeze/thaw conditions
Hand laid
Dry over sand
Mortared over concrete
Cobblestone
Old-world appeal
Wide variety of patterns
Durable
Uneven surface
Not slip resistant
Hand laid
Dry over sand
Mortared over concrete
Pavers
Wide variety of patterns
Wide variety of color options
Permeable
Durable
Can settle and become uneven
Weeds may grow between
Excavation
Hand laid
Dry over sand or gravel
Compacted
Decomposed Granite & Gravel
Affordable
Quick installation
Permeable
May erode
Shifts under feet
Can be tracked into house
Spread
Compacted
Tile
Spanish style
Highly decorative
Not permeable
May crack
Hand laid
Mortared over concrete

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