We provide concrete pad installation and concrete paver installation. Both are widely used, but there are advantages to use one or the other.

Concrete pads, or slabs, are less expensive than pavers. They are also easier to install but have an exacting mixing process and need time to dry and cure to ensure strength, steps that aren’t necessary for concrete paver installation.

Concrete pads can also become stained over time, so it’s a good idea to put a sealant over them. In general, once they start to crack, the entire slab usually has to be replaced.

We also install air conditioning concrete pads created especially to hold these units, which can weigh several hundred pounds. We also install concrete pads for sheds. Some DIYers might want to do a small job like this themselves; we’re happy to discuss the pros and cons of how to build a concrete pad.

Concrete paver patio installation is a skilled job and one of our specialties. We install stamped concrete pads, which are used to make concrete look like brick, stone, and even wood, and are much more attractive for patios. Since they are individual, interlocked units, they can be replaced in single units — an advantage over concrete slabs.

Finally, concrete pads can become slippery when they become wet, which is why we don’t recommend them for patios. 

Some builders will do paver installation over concrete. We don’t generally recommend this because it often results in drainage problems, settling, and cracking. Several homeowners have found out the hard way that this literally raises their patios a few inches, which can cause problems with edging, landscape, etc. If you want to replace a cracked or stained concrete pad, it’s often best to just tear it up. 

Call us with your questions about concrete paver installation versus concrete pads.

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