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WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF BUILDING A PATIO WITH CONCRETE PAVERS?

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Description:Concrete pavers, or paving stones, are concrete shapes in various colors and textures that interlock to form a patterned surface.

Benefits: Because these long-lasting pavers aren’t set in mortar (except around the perimeter of the patio), they can be removed and replaced if there’s a problem with a particular tile. Pavers come in an endless array of shapes, styles and finishes, and can mimic almost any kind of stone.

Drawbacks: Expect weeds to grow in the joints of your pavers; a regular spray of herbicide should keep them under control. Also, the same “efflorescence” that sometimes appears on poured concrete – whitish, water-soluble salt deposits – occasionally appear when the pavers are new. To remove, scour the spots with a stiff brush.

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