ICPI Paver Alternatives Comparison Chart

There is more to know when choosing a pavement than meets the eye. As a conscientious homeowner, you want assurance that the pavement for your walkway, driveway, patio or pool deck will look beautiful for a long time, require little maintenance, stand up to the weather and return its cost to you. It should also be easy to clean or repair as well as complement the style of your home.
The beauty of your completed projects—well designed, properly installed with the right materials—will make you feel your research was worthwhile. Refer to the chart (provided by ICPI) for comparisons of types of pavements to make the best choice.

Then, do the comparison yourself. Closely examine pavements on the driveways, patios and walkways in your own neighborhood. We believe the best choice will be Interlocking Pavers.



Initial Cost
and Installation




Concrete Pavers

Best Buy

A wide range of surface finishes - smooth to textured. Many available colors, shapes, and laying patterns can complement the architectural style of your home.

Moderate - Tightly fitted, uniform units are placed over a sand bed and a compacted aggregate base. Immediately ready for use. Can be installed by homeowner. Factory-made pavers last for decades.

Low-Stained or broken pavers can be easily replaced without patches. Dark colored pavers can help hide stains. Ants and weeds in joints can be prevented with sealers or herbicides.

High-Small, high density units resist cracking as well as damage from freeze-thaw and salts. Pavers are stronger than ordinary or stamped concrete.

Smooth surface allows for easy snow removal. Pavers can be colored dark to help melt snow faster. Snow-melt systems can be installed to eliminate snow and ice removal.

Cobble Stone

Gives elegant, permanent, yet informal "Old World" feel.

Very High-Each unit must be fitted together by hand.

Low-High quality stone lasts for decades. Wide joints may encourage weeds and ants. Rough surface makes walking and driving difficult.

High-High density stone resists cracking and salts.

Rough surface makes plowing difficult.

Stamped Concrete

Surface is usually colored. Patterns look good from a distance, but close up surface looks artificial.

High-Difficult for homeowner to install. Requires special equipment to stamp stone or paver patterns into surface. Surface sealer often used.

Moderate-Cracking will likely develop. Difficult to match original color or pattern in repaired areas. Repairs leave unattractive patch.

Low-Subject to deterioration from de-icing salts. Surface sealer may provide some protection from salt attack.

Uneven surface of some patterns and textures can make plowing difficult.

Clay Pavers

Mostly shades of red and red-brown. Limited number of shapes available.

High-Concrete base often required which increases cost. Inconsistent dimensions make units slow to install and difficult to maintain straight pattern lines.

Low-Irregularities in surface make them prone to damage, especially edge chipping.

Moderate-Salts can attack and deteriorate some clay pavers.

Rough surface can make snow removal difficult.

Ordinary Concrete

Grey or light brown. Can be colored throughout or on surface only.

Moderate-Difficult for homeowner to install. Must wait 5 to 7 days for hardening before use. Surface quality depends on weather at time of pour and expertise of installers.

Moderate-Cracking will likely develop. Repairs and replaced sections leave unsightly patches. Oil stains difficult to remove.

Low-Cracks from freeze-thaw, settlement and deterioration from salts.

Smooth surface allows for easy removal. Light colored surface may not melt snow rapidly.


Limited color options. Difficult to get neat looking edges. Cracks will likely develop. Stamped and colored asphalt looks fake.

Low-Goes in quickly over compacted aggregate base. Can’t be installed by homeowner.

High-Wear and weather will break down surface. Black seal coat required every 2-3 years. Ruts or pothole repairs make ugly patches. Subject to erosion from oil drippings.

Low-Cracks from freeze-thaw, settlement and deterioration from de-icing salts.

Smooth surface allows for easy removal. Dark surface accelerates snow melting.

Crushed Stone or Gravel

Typically a rustic look. Appearance varies with color and shape of stones.

Low-Dumped and spread over soil (no base required).

High-Scattered stone must be replaced and releveled regularly. Ruts from tires will likely develop.

High-Stones resist freeze-thaw cycles and salts.

Stones will scatter when plowing snow

Contact Gateway today to find out all the advantages of Interlocking Pavers and how easy it is to create a custom design for your property.


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