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Pros & Cons of Concrete Paving Slabs

Concrete paving slabs are one of the most popular paving products in the country. From driveways to terraces and from pool decks to rooftops, concrete paving slabs have a universal appeal that makes them suitable for just about any exterior application you can envision. However, concrete does have its drawbacks, just like any other paving material. Before deciding on which paving tile is right for you, consider these pros and cons of concrete paving slabs. 

Pro: Durability

Concrete is a highly durable material that will last you for decades with relatively little damage. It’s slip-resistant and can bear heavy loads regularly without significant issue. There’s a reason why contractors use concrete for bridges, buildings, and other load-bearing projects; it’s an extremely hard wearing material that will get you the most for your money in the long run. 

Pro: Variety

Another advantage of concrete paving slabs is that they come in an enormous range of colors and finishes. We offer four distinct concrete paving series—the Granite-Tech series, Stamp-Tech series, Oceanic series, and Recycled Glass series. Each of these series has its own distinct look, but all of them have an unlimited choice of colors and aggregate mixes. You can also decide between a polished or shot-blasted finish, for further customization.

Con: Color Changes & Stains

One disadvantage of concrete is that it is porous and therefore can be susceptible to stains if not resealed regularly. In order to guarantee the long-lasting color and stain-resistance of your concrete paving slabs, look after them regularly and have them re-sealed as advised by the installer.

Pro: Ease of Repair

Many contractors prefer concrete paving slabs over poured concrete for commercial decking applications due to the ease of repair. If your concrete tiles do become damaged or stained, you can easily remove and replace the affected tiles rather than needing to re-pour the entire area. 

Pro: Low Maintenance Requirements

Although older or cheaper concrete paving slabs may be considered high maintenance, Tile Tech’s concrete paving slabs are engineered with superior wear-resistant qualities. Our tiles are highly compressed during production to make the product stronger and more resistant to salt attack, water absorption, and surface chipping. Therefore, when you choose Tile Tech, you’re receiving a much lower-maintenance and more cost-effective option for your renovation.

Con: Usually Difficult to DIY

Concrete paving slabs are traditionally more difficult to install than poured concrete, making them a typically non-DIY project. However, Tile Tech’s innovative pedestal support system makes installation a breeze for first-time homeowners and experienced contractors alike. With our innovative system of concrete paving slabs and adjustable pedestals, you can achieve perfectly level and evenly spaced tiles in record time and with little difficulty.

If you’ve decided that concrete paving slabs are the best paving solution for your renovation, trust only the best—Tile Tech pavers. We have dozens of concrete paving products, all customizable to the colors of your choosing. To find out more about our available product selection, give us a call at (888) 966-8468. One of our knowledgeable team members would be happy to advise you and provide you with a free catalog, product sample, or project quote.