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Concrete walkways definitely have their place, but if you’re thinking of having an interlocking stone walkway instead here are some great points to consider in your decision making process.
In a colder climate, such as you’ll find in Burlington and the GTA, concrete walkways can contract. This will lead to cracking over time due to the freeze/thaw cycle of the ground underneath. Interlocking stones will not crack because they expand and contract to flex along with the ground due to their design.
They are also three times stronger in compression strength tests. A rating for an interlocking stone has to be at least 8000 pounds per square inch.
Paver stones, as interlocking stone are also called, allow for water to flow between them. This keeps it from pooling in areas the way it does on concrete. A paver stone walkway or driveway will also lower the amount of runoff that can strip your gardens and lawns of topsoil.
A simple sweeping can keep your interlocking stone walkway clean and neat. There is also the issue of oil spots that occur on driveways. If a good scrubbing doesn’t clean it off you can simply take the affected stones out and replace them with fresh new ones. This is not possible with a solid concrete walkway.
Paving an area over with concrete has a much cheaper initial cost. If immediately available money is your only concern than concrete is the way to go. If you want value over the long haul, for the entire lifetime of your home, interlocking stones will last much longer than concrete.
Concrete walkways definitely have their uses, your family basketball or tennis court wouldn’t be the same without a concrete area, but there are many benefits to install an interlocking stone walkway instead.
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