Asphalt is a good solution for the budget conscious person. It can also be a better fit for a home than concrete. Concrete can be more expensive and durable, but it is prone to cracking, spalling, chipping and heaving. As they say its not a matter of “if its gonna crack” it all about “when its gonna crack”. Standard PSI of concrete is 4000 while the standard PSI of pavers is 12,000. This is why pavers are less prone to chipping and can hold up a heck of a lot longer than concrete or asphalt.
If installed properly your brick pavers should require minimal if any paver maintenance. It is no different than a concrete patio. The various products available, such as the high end polymeric sand, modified mortars used for edging and sealers have made it possible for patio and driveways to become more durable and longer lasting.
How long do I have to wait after my paver driveway is installed before I can drive my car over it?
The two things you would have to be concerned with are the polymerics sand and the edging. Polymeric sand can dry very quick. After 2 hours of drying your polymeric sand should pose no threat. However the edging is a different beast. Since more companies are using a modified mortar, for edging, the wait time has extended. Ideally waiting at least 24 hour or even longer would be good. The reality is that some homeowners in certain areas cannot wait too long. We advise those folks to just stay away from the edges for a couple of days.
Typical pavers are 6cm thick. They are used for patio and can also be used for standard residential driveways. However if you simply want a more structurally sound driveway, or suspect you will have heavy traffic or are in a commercial setting, an 8 cm thick paver is recommended.