Pavers, whether they be in your front or backyard, serve numerous functions, but one that is not mentioned enough is the ability to teach your son or daughter the game of basketball.
Paved portions of your front or backyard give your children the opportunity to learn and practice one of America’s favorite pastimes. It gives them the chance to do their best Michael Jordan or LeBron James impersonation.
Now that you’re ready to get your kids outdoors, you have to determine what type of paving is best for your home. Below, I will discuss the two most prominent paving materials, where they should be placed, the costs associated with each and whether or not they are DIY projects.
For homeowners who want to keep their backyard as green as can be, many choose to install a basketball hoop in front, where paving is almost all but guaranteed. The most popular paving material for driveways is asphalt. In fact, asphalt is commonly used on commercial parking lots all across the country.
Asphalt is more cost effective than concrete, which I will get to in a minute. Asphalt driveways are easier to repair and resurface. During the winter months, it’s easier to remove ice and snow from asphalt than a concrete driveway or parking lot. Once it's poured, asphalt only needs five to eight hours of cooling and hardening time, compared to several days of curing before concrete can be used.
Concrete pavers feature cement and other aggregate materials that increase the resilience and durability of the pavers. While natural stone can show signs of wear and tear from normal use, concrete can last for years in high traffic areas without developing any problems. Manufacturers create concrete pavers using special molds. The pavers can be formed to look like brick, slate, sandstone or another material for a fraction of the copied material's price.
Concrete paving is more appropriate for the backyard, but for those homeowners looking to complete a challenging DIY project themselves, regular concrete works great too. See how much concrete you need for your project with our concrete calculator.
Asphalt Paving Prices
No matter what paving material you go with, the size of the project will have a great effect on the price. Carefully measure the area you want to pave and then head to your nearest hardware store. They will be able to tell you how many pavers and what other materials you'll need. On the other hand, if you hire a pro, they will be able to measure and determine everything you need.
According to our asphalt paving cost estimator, the average cost of an asphalt paving project is $3,702. The final cost of a project will depend on the square footage that needs to be paved, whether or not permits are required and whether any obstructions like trees need to be removed before the project can begin. The initial installation of asphalt paving will cost more than adding layers of asphalt to existing driveways or parking lots.
Concrete Paving Prices
Concrete pavers are among the most inexpensive of all paving options. These pavers usually cost $5 to $10 per square foot. Brick and grass pavers also fall within that same price range. Natural stone pavers are the most expensive. These pavers start at around $10 per square foot.
If you went with pure concrete, our concrete delivery cost estimator indicates that most homeowners pay at least $25 per square foot. As a standard delivery charge, expect to pay at least $200, in addition to the cost of a contractor who may need to be present to receive and properly distribute the materials. Moreover, some jobs like a simple concrete patio or backyard often take multiple days because concrete has to have an opportunity to properly set before frames or other materials can be removed.
Is Asphalt Paving a DIY Project?
There are few projects we tell handy homeowners to stay away from and asphalt paving is one of them. Sadly, asphalt paving is NOT a DIY project. The proper installation of asphalt requires experience, skill and specialized equipment in order to achieve a fully functional and aesthetically pleasing final result.
Believe me when I say that your car and child will thank you for the professional work.
Is Concrete Paving a DIY Project?
Concrete paving and concrete installation can be done by any average to more experienced DIYer. This will let homeowners create custom hard surfaces that match their unique tastes. By keeping some of the above guidelines in mind, your DIY dollar will stretch much further. With easily accessible tools and materials, it only makes sense for those who have the time and energy to tackle their own paving project. With a little forward thinking, it is possible to construct your own dream backyard basketball court without exceeding your home improvement budget.
Practicing and enjoying one of America’s favorite sports is a terrific way to get your children outside. The only way to do that is by having a paved driveway or backyard.