You shouldn’t rush headlong into any major landscaping improvement, paver patios included. We install them, but we want all of our clients to know what the disadvantages of a paver patio are, so that they’re certain that the pros outweigh the cons for them personally. Here are the drawbacks of patio pavers that you should know.
Depending on the stone that you choose, a paver patio can be more expensive than some other options you have for backyard hardscaping. There are many elegant stones in many intriguing colors, but they can make for an expensive purchase upfront. Paver patios do tend to cost less in the long run than wooden decks, but only when properly installed so that they do not cause problems or need unusual maintenance.
2. Risk of Improper Installation
Speaking of improper installation, it is a large risk with paver patios, particularly if you’re looking to minimize the cost of the overall project by hiring a company that is less than qualified or if you are looking to do it yourself. Improperly installed pavers can create a wide range of issues, including:
- Improper drainage: Paver patios may end up sloping towards the house if the installers are not careful. Or they may fail to include the drainage lines necessary to move the water off the patio properly. Either one can damage other elements of your property.
- Discoloration: Pavers need to be allowed to breathe before they can be sealed, or the sealant will trap natural effervescence against the stone. This will discolor the stones and give them a white cast which most people do not like.
- Quick weed growth: If the joint sand is not properly tamped down, weeds can quickly gain purchase on the patio and become a problem.
3. Long Installation Times
In order to avoid all of the problems listed above, your paver installers will take their time with your installation. This can make the process a bit longer than other backyard hardscaping projects. The professionals need to take their time, especially with the steps of levelling the ground, putting down the substrates, and tamping in the stones once they are in place. It may take the professionals three days to install an average-sized paver patio. It will take longer if the patio is larger or has an intricate design or unusual site challenges like a sloping yard.
4. Weed Management
Patio pavers can sometimes become a mess of weeds, especially if the homeowner doesn’t know how to apply the long-term solution. You can waste many summer afternoons pulling weeds out of your patio pavers until you add sand into the joints and tamp it down properly. This is more effective than even chemical treatments for the weeds, so be sure to invest the time and energy in restoring the joint sand before you try anything else.
Benefits of Paver Patios
All of this isn’t to say that paver patios aren’t excellent options for many people. Reach out to a trusted professional to discuss the benefits too.