If you are looking at paving an outdoor area, there are a few things you should consider before you make a choice on which type of paver will suit your requirements. Below we will run you through the difference between wet cast and dry cast pavers, and let you decide on which type of paver is best for the result you are wanting to achieve.
Wet cast pavers have a dense surface (non-porous), giving a smooth tile like finish which are more resistant to build-up of moss and algae therefore less maintenance and upkeep. A dry cast paver has a more open surface (quite porous) which leads to water getting into the paver and therefore creating a build-up of moss and algae.
When it comes to textures and colours available, wet cast pavers tend to have a larger range available with various finishes i.e. quarry stone (rippled effect) or honed finish (polished concrete), and a variety of colours, whereas dry cast pavers have the one textured finish.
In terms of installation, wet cast pavers are generally laid on a mortar bed and once laid, the gaps are filled with grout. Dry cast pavers are generally laid on sand and once laid, the gaps are filled with sand or a product called “pave lock”. Although the installation process for wet cast pavers is more work, the overall finish is much smarter looking.
A wet cast paver may initially cost slightly more than a dry cast paver, however if you’re looking for a low maintenance paver for the long term, we suggest a wet cast paver.
So all in all our thoughts are, if the area the pavers are being laid is a visible, commonly used area, we would highly recommend investing the extra time and money to give your outdoor area a top quality look that will also be a low maintenance and useful ground surface for years to come.