Concrete and porcelain are the two major paver options available in the United States market. Both are in different ways good choices for paving, but there are also key differences between them that you need to understand. There are advantages and drawbacks to both. Your choice will be informed by your specific needs and purposes. Let’s have a quick look at both concrete and porcelain pavers.
In terms of aesthetic appeal, porcelain pavers are at an edge. They are manufactured to look luxurious, sophisticated, and beautiful. Concrete pavers, on the other hand, are available in a wide range of designs and textures. They are more customizable than porcelain pavers. Porcelain pavers are an easy, go-to solution if you want your pavers to look visually appealing. With concrete, you might have to work a little extra to achieve your desired look.
With innovations in manufacturing processes, concrete pavers have become cheaper than asphalt, sandstone, granite, clay, and obviously, porcelain. Porcelain, on the other hand, is both expensive to purchase and install. If you are on a tight budget, you might choose to favor concrete pavers over porcelain.
Here lies the flipside of the cost of purchase and installation of concrete pavers. Porcelain pavers last longer than concrete pavers, and what this means is that it essentially cancels out the extra money that you have to spend in purchase and installation in the long run. Porcelain is extremely tough. It is very suitable for places with high foot-traffic and even for industrial sites. With proper installation, porcelain will last for decades. This will be a more economic option than concrete pavers if you see it from the long-run perspective.
Porcelain is dense and harder to cut, and hence, difficult and costly to install. Concrete pavers can be easily cut in uniform shapes, and the whole installation process is simple and cost-effective. It is also very easy to replace or repair concrete pavers. This way you can make your concrete pavers last a long time by just swapping out the damaged areas and keeping the rest of it intact.
Porcelain pavers are moisture-resistant, which makes them a great choice for various scenarios, be it a poolside or a climate with heavy rainfall and snowfall. Since porcelain is dense and less porous, it performs very well against moisture. Concrete pavers are also a great option, especially for climates with heavy snowfall. They are naturally slip-resistant and perform well against the cycle of freezing and melting. In terms of weather resistance, both are good options.
Both concrete and porcelain pavers are easy to maintain but in subtly different ways. Porcelain is naturally stain-resistant and hence is extremely easy to clean. It’s being less porous facilitates the cleaning process, which becomes extremely easy. You can even use harsher cleaning agents like acid on porcelain surfaces. Concrete is not as easy to clean as it is easy to maintain. Repairing and replacing concrete pavers is cheap and easy. This keeps the cost of maintenance very low, but it is not as stain-resistant or easy to clean as porcelain.
Your choice of pavers will depend on your needs. There is no definite good or bad option, as we have just seen. Whatever suits your purpose, is the best for you.