Pavers -quality & differences between brands

elyashAugust 5, 2013

Cambridge, Belgard, Uni-lock, Capitol, techno-bloc and
Capitol are the brands sold around here. Can anyone tell me if they differ in quality? Does anyone know if through color or a top color is better? (We do get snow.) Does anyone have experience with any of these brands - pro or con? Thanks.

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yardvaark

I would suggest you use integral color instead of face color. While pavers hold up for a long time, any concrete weathers and wears, so eventually, and gradually, the face will slowly give way to what's underneath. I don't know of any table that compares different manufacturer's pavers to one another over the course of a long time. You can imagine that doing such a study would be an expensive, time consuming operation and of questionable value if any changes, no matter how minute, are made to the mix. (And it's not likely that any organization would have incentive to perform such a study.) Each manufacturer is trying to say theirs is better because they add some armour-like or diamond-like ingredient. I would not fall for the gimmicks, but accept the fact that you're buying concrete and that concrete is a good material that will last a long time. It would be difficult to stay in business if one's product was not on par with the competition, so it's not likely that there are any manufacturers who offer a bad product when measuring like comparables. However, I would avoid the thin "pavers" offered by big box stores, especially the ones in which coarse aggregates are visible.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 10:19AM
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yardvaark

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    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 10:20AM
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violetwest

I checked Consumer Reports for you, but concrete pavers weren't on there

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 11:40AM
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elyash

Thank you very much. Two masons recommended Cambridge so I will see if I like the colors. I never know if that is because they can get a better price on the pavers or they really think they are better quality.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 6:58PM
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marcinde(7)

" I never know if that is because they can get a better price on the pavers or they really think they are better quality."

There's only a couple bucks/sq ft difference between the good pavers (Techo-Bloc) and the garbage pavers (Belgard). Unless his cousin Vinny found some pallets that "fell off the back of a truck" there's no massive moneymaker in what someone recommends, it's just what that contractor has experience with, and confidence in.

I tend to spec Techo-Bloc because I like their product, I'm good friends with a couple of former Techo reps who continue to speak highly of it, and I think the QPR is good. I've looked at Cambridge. It looks fine, I just have no experience with it.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 10:52AM
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