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Concrete Slab vs. Pavestone Pavers? – Denver’s ProCoat Systems Weighs in on The Merits of Each

ProCoat - August 12, 2014

Denver, CO – When homeowners are looking to replace a cracked or pitted concrete walkway, patio, or driveway, the age-old concern is always lurking: how long before my concrete slab needs to be replaced this time? ProCoat Systems wants homeowners to be educated on the pros and cons of different concrete for hardscape surfaces so that they can make an informed decision they won’t come to regret all too quickly.

Other than natural stone, which can be much more expensive, there is really only one alternative that is used in more than 90 percent of homes: concrete. The question then remains, solid concrete slab, or pavestone pavers? Denver residents are familiar with both, but only one can ensure a longer lasting surface: pavestone pavers.

Concrete slabs and pavers offer their own distinct advantages. Concrete slabs are used more often because of they are relatively inexpensive and easy to install in outdoor residential spaces. Stamped concrete also gives homeowners a wide range of options for designs and textures, but costs more than regular concrete styles and still are prone to cracking and upheaval. Even though concrete slabs may seem like the more inexpensive option at first, long-term costs for repairs will always outweigh initial savings. With concrete slabs, it’s not a matter of “if” your concrete will crack, it’s a matter of “when”.

Paving stones eliminate that problem because, even though they are made of concrete and a still a continuous solid surface, the individual pieces interlocked tightly together are better suited to slight movements from the vast temperature fluctuations of our Colorado climate, and less prone to cracking than rigid, continuous slabs. Pavers are also made of higher tensile concrete than typical poured concrete in slabs, making them four times stronger, and less prone to breaking. And while pavestone pavers are a bigger cost outlay initially – around 10-15% more than poured concrete slabs – the variety of colors and styles available create a hardscape surface that when amortized over the life of the structure are a much better investment.

About ProCoat Systems

ProCoat Systems was first established in 1984 and has since been providing expert technical support, service, and premium building products to contractors and homeowners throughout Colorado. New for this year, pavestone pavers, at Denver’s ProCoat Systems is another product the company anticipates will become a lasting category in its already diverse selection of building materials. To learn more about ProCoat Systems visit


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