Paving Stones vs. Asphalt

Written by Barkman Concrete Published on February 1st, 2024

Actual Use

A 40-year case study conducted by ICPI and published in 2015, found that interlocking concrete pavers were more cost-effective than asphalt pavements.1 While the initial cost was higher than asphalt, very little maintenance was required on either the roads or sidewalks despite high traffic volumes, extreme weather and exposure to de-icing salts.

A study from 2008 revealed that concrete pavers surpassed both concrete and asphalt in high-traffic settings and were highly comparable to asphalt in low-traffic situations. Moreover, they proved to be more cost-effective than concrete.2


Typically, traditional asphalt and concrete surfaces last 20 to 25 years, and require frequent resurfacing. However, correctly installed concrete pavers are expected to last 30 years before restoration becomes necessary.

By eliminating the need for resurfacing, paving stones significantly reduce the life-cycle cost of the pavement. Additionally, interlocking concrete pavers are engineered for easy removal and re-installation of the same unit, which simplifies utility repairs that require access to the ground below.

Aesthetic Considerations

Paving stones are available in a wide range of sizes, textures and colours, allowing them to be easily matched to the aesthetic of a neighbourhood, new or old. For larger projects, colours can be customized upon request.

Work With Us

We are dedicated to working alongside each architect, contractor and municipality to provide exceptional logistical and technical support. We help determine the best product that will capture the style and function that you envision in your project.

  1. ICPI. “North Bay Case Study 2015.” ICPI, June 15, 2020. https://icpi.org/case-studies/north-bay-case-study-2015
  2. Hein, David K, and David R Smith. Life-Cycle Cost Management of Interlocking Concrete Block Pavements, 2008, 10.

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