Interlocking pavers are often used for patios, porches, balconies, and rooftop decks. They can also be used as driveway pavers to resurface a worn out or outdated driveway. Driveways are often paved with concrete, brick, asphalt, or gravel. A newer option — interlocking driveway pavers — has the benefits of a paved driveway without the maintenance of other driveway surface options.
What Are Interlocking Driveway Pavers?
Interlocking driveway pavers are a superior alternative to other driveway paving materials because they don’t require sand to fill joints as with brick pavers, they won’t crack like concrete or asphalt driveways, and they are easier to maintain than gravel.
Composite pavers are installed using an installation grid and the pavers are placed directly into the grid for quick and easy installation. They are made from a blend of post-consumer recycled content, so they are highly durable and maintenance free.
Interlocking Driveway Pavers vs. Concrete Driveway
A poured concrete driveway is the standard in many areas because it is cost effective and can be stamped to mimic other patterns like brick or stone. Unfortunately, concrete has a tendency to crack over time, especially in areas that experience frequent freeze/thaw cycles. It can also stain when exposed to grease or oil from vehicles.
Interlocking pavers are stain resistant and won’t crack when exposed to freeze/thaw cycles.
Concrete driveways, while cost-effective, take more time and prep work to install than interlocking driveway pavers, and concrete requires a substantial amount of time to dry before it can be walked or driven on.
Interlocking Driveway Pavers vs. Brick Driveway
It’s hard to compete with the stately look of a brick driveway, but interlocking driveway pavers tackle the challenge effortlessly. Brick driveways are installed much like interlocking driveway pavers but they don’t use the interlocking paver installation mat that keeps interlocking driveway pavers in place, so bricks can settle and shift over time. They also require that sand be swept over them to fill gaps and create a cushion between the bricks that isn’t required by interlocking driveway pavers.
Interlocking Driveway Pavers vs. Asphalt
Installing a new asphalt driveway is difficult to do without the help of a professional because special equipment, like a roller and plate compactor, is necessary to ensure a flat, compact surface. Asphalt is a durable driveway paving option, but over time, asphalt can crack and settle, however it can be seal-coated to restore the seal and extend its life.
Interlocking Driveway Pavers vs. Gravel
Gravel driveways are relatively quick and easy to install, but they require considerable maintenance because they tend to become rutted, or gravel gets washed away over time and the surface will need to be smoothed and more gravel may need to be added. In areas with lots of snow, gravel driveways can be difficult to plow, and in areas of heavy rain, gravel is more likely to wash away.
Benefits of Aspire’s Interlocking Driveway Pavers
Easy to Repair
In the unlikely event that an interlocking driveway paver becomes chipped or cracked, it’s easy to simply remove the damaged paver and replace it with a new one. Our pavers are fade-resistant, so the new paver will blend in with the existing pavers.
Can Be Installed on Straight and Curved Edges
Aspire Pavers can be cut to size with standard household tools, and can be installed on both straight and curved edges.
Can Be Installed In-Ground or Over Existing Driveway
Aspire pavers can be installed in-ground and require similar surface prep as you would use for brick pavers. If the existing surface is in relatively good condition, it can be leveled, and Aspire Pavers can be installed directly on the existing surface, which can dramatically reduce the amount of prep time needed before installation.
Easy to Install
Once the surface is prepared by either preparing a sand bed and compacting the base or by cleaning the existing surface, the installation grids are loose laid on the surface and the pavers are placed in the grid, making sure they overlap in two directions where two grids meet.
No Maintenance Required
Unlike other driveway paver materials that require resealing or repair, Aspire Pavers don’t require any maintenance other than periodic cleaning over the course of their life.
Aspire Pavers are made with up to 95% post-consumer recycled content and our manufacturing process produces up to 96% less CO2, and uses 95% less energy than conventional concrete paver manufacturing. Scraps from construction are recyclable as well as the pavers themselves at the end of their life.
Contact the experts at Aspire today to see our in-ground and resurfacing interlocking driveway paver options.