Interlocking pavers add a unique feel to your home but can be expensive to install. Interlocking pavers costs depends on several things, from the type of pavers to if you do it yourself or have someone do it for you. And don’t forget maintenance costs. The total cost is measured in pavers cost by square foot and the average minimum cost is $1,800. The average maximum cost is $2160. These costs are per 300 square feet of driveway, so the longer the driveway, the higher the cost.
There are a lot of materials to purchase, especially if you want to do it yourself, to install interlocking pavers. First, there are the papers, then there is the substrate, usually made out of bedding sand that needs to be laid several inches deep. You need approximately 1 cubic yard per every 300 square feet of driveway. Then there is the edging, what kind is up to you, though many places sell specific edging made by the same people who made the papers so that they match. Edging will be needed anywhere the pavers are going to hit a soft material, such as grass or even dirt. Joint sand is another thing you will need, as that is swept in between the pavers. Some specific tools are required as well, such as a compactor to compact the road base, which can often be rented at a hardware store or a tool store. You will need a rubber mallet, concrete saw, a broom as well as some shovels and rakes and a wheelbarrow.
Average pricing interlocking pavers installations
An average installation of interlocking pavers can cost as little as $30 per square foot, or up to $90 a square foot depending on the type and size. Materials are often included in these prices – for example, an installer will use their own mortar mix when installing a paver floor. However, there might be additional charges for things like sealing liquid that is added to the surface after installation. Other materials you’ll need include sand (for direct-bond installations), pea gravel (to create space between tiles during construction) and ground sealer if needed to lock moisture into place once installed.
The price of installing interlocking pavers varies widely by location based on factors such as material costs and labor expenses.
Advantages Of Interlocking Pavers
There are many advantages to using interlocking pavers. For one thing, you can use the driveway right after installation, as pavers do not need to set unlike other driveway materials. Another advantage is that an interlocking paver driveway can last up to 50 years with relatively little maintenance.
Disadvantages Of Interlocking Pavers
Professional installation can be quite expensive. The pavers may lose color or change color if they are not sealed, especially from automobile fluids. The joint sand may deteriorate, causing weeds to grow between pavers or the sand will simply wash away after a few years of rain and snow showers. Most of the disadvantages can be mitigated or removed by simply having the driveway sealed.
Maintenance on driveway pavers is relatively minimal, especially with a sealed driveway. Simply rinse with water to remove dirt or sweep to keep the driveway clean. And if a paper breaks it is relatively simple to replace just one paper rather than having to redo your entire driveway. You should have the driveway sealed once every 4 years or so.While interlocking pavers may be expensive to start, they will pay for themselves when you do not have to redo your entire driveway every year or every few years. The maintenance is low, requiring very little and the driveway will last a long time, keeping your house beautiful. With a wide array of colors, interlocking pavers can match your trim or exterior paint color or even make it look like you have a stone driveway. There is a wide selection to choose from, with lots of colors and patterns. Give your house a facelift that will last many years, plus adds a wonderfully unique look to your home.