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Pavers are stone, brick, clay, porcelain or concrete blocks that are used to create smooth, hard surfaces outdoors. Pavers can be used to create patios, courtyards, pool decks, outdoor steps, pathways, driveways, retaining walls and more.
More and more homeowners are growing tired of looking at their cracked, blotchy and stained, driveway and patio. They are now turning to gorgeous, durable and easy to maintain Pavers. Having so many different choices, colors, textures, shapes, sizes, patterns and design possibilities can greatly enhance the beauty of any home.
They don’t crack like concrete or asphalt does.
Pavers have been used for thousands of years dating back to the Roman Empire when streets were constructed with cobblestone pavers. As a testament to their durability, those same streets are still being used today.
While the basic concept and application remain the same, there is one exception. Technology and materials have improved significantly since Roman times to achieve smoother, even more durable surfaces. Modern pavers fit together to form what is called an “interlocking system”.
- Superior Durability. Interlocking pavers are 2 to 3 times stronger than poured concrete. Pavers are also weather resistant. They do not crack like asphalt and concrete does.
- Increased Curb Appeal. Paving stone manufacturers offer numerous design options to complement any architectural style and match any décor. With a range of materials, shapes, sizes, patterns and colors, there is something to suit any individual taste.
- Low Maintenance. If a repair does become necessary, Pavers are easily removed and replaced to allow access to underground utilities. Individual paving stones can be reinstated like pieces of a puzzle without unsightly patches. Asphalt and concrete cannot make this claim.
- Slip resistant. Pavers are slip resistant in wet conditions, making them an excellent choice for pool decks where safety is an issue. Pavers are also better than poured concrete and asphalt from the standpoint that the joints can take on moisture and leave the surface cooler under foot.
- Long-term Value. Our paving stone manufacturers provide a lifetime warranty on the structural integrity of the paving stones. When considering maintenance and replacement costs of concrete and asphalt, pavers offer an economical, long-term advantage.
- Environmentally Friendly. In contrast to other non-permeable surfaces, interlocking pavers allow rainwater to drain through the joints. This allows natural biological processes to filter contaminants from the water before they reach our waterways.
Concrete has traditionally been one of the most common paving materials used. It's low cost per square foot makes it the natural choice of many homeowners as it initially seems to be a relatively inexpensive option. In reality, the inevitable cracking of concrete leads to a long-term cost that's far greater than installing paving stones, without providing any of the benefits pavers offer. It is almost inevitable that concrete will crack at some point in time. Common causes of cracking are when the base moves due to heavy loads or settlement.
Concrete can also crack as a result of the expansion and contraction and changes in the weather. The reason contractors place joints in concrete pavements and floors is to encourage the concrete to crack in a neat, straight line at the joint. But this doesn’t always happen, and cracks can appear at random anywhere across the surface of the concrete. As these cracks form one by one, year after year, it is often difficult to exactly match the color and composition of the original material each time a repair is needed. As such, a concrete surface gets uglier and uglier with each repair.
The alternative to repairing the concrete is to replace the entire structure when the cracks become unbearable.
It is nearly impossible to repair a cracked portion of concrete with a new piece that exactly matches in pattern and in color. One of the biggest advantages of pavers is that if a repair ever does become necessary, pavers are manufactured to be uniform and can therefore easily be replaced without leaving ugly patches or scars. Interlocking pavers are individual units or “bricks,” the natural joints between each paver will “give” with pressure, expansion and contraction, eliminating the cracking inherent to concrete pavement.
Your pavers are turning white due to a naturally occurring process called Efflorescence. Efflorescence is a white deposit that sometimes appears on concrete and clay masonry products. Technically known ascalcium hydroxide, efflorescence is water soluble and it appears as a white deposit when carried to the surface by moisture. Efflorescence can occur on any concrete or masonry unit and is not indicative of defective concrete or a flawed product. Efflorescence does not adversely affect the structural integrity of concrete pavers. Efflorescence is water soluble and will lessen,or in some cases disappear, with rain and traffic over time. We recommend that efflorescence be allowed to dissipate naturally.
Geotextile is also referred to as filter fabric. It is made of plastic threads, which allow water to pass through, while protecting your base and soil. It stops soil from being mixed into your base material and potentially loosening it, which will weaken the base and hence create movement in your paver surface. Geotextile is recommended for use, particularly if you have moist soft soil beneath your base, like silt or clay. It is not that important if you have a sandy soil type.
Yes. Pavers are very appropriate for around pool areas, because they provide a slip resistant surface, making it a safer environment. The moisture and water is soaked up by the sand in the joints, rather than being left to create a slippery surface. Pavers also provide a cooler surface to walk on than concrete or other surfaces.
Sealing your pavers is not necessary, but it is recommended The reasons for this are that a sealed paver surface is much easier to clean, or may even prevent staining. Also, sealing will enhance and maintain your brightly colored pavers. Lastly, sealing your pavers may help prevent the growth of weeds in between your joints.
No. Natural stones are quarried directly from the earth's crust, and every piece is unique. The only processing they need is shaping into various forms, sizes and finishes. These products inherently lack uniformity and are subject to variation in aesthetics, color, shade, finish, tint, hardness, strength resistance, and density.
Natural stone may be characterized by dry seams, pits, and fossils. In polished and honed stones, these pits are often filled during the manufacturing process or at the time of installation. These fills can occasionally pop out from normal wear and use. In these instances, it may be necessary to refill these voids as part of a normal maintenance procedure. Any samples we provide to you are with the understanding that these qualities are inherent in the nature of the product.Natural stone products differ in composition, color, and texture even among pieces from the same source. This is usually considered a benefit, lending itself to one of a kind designs and distinctive, dramatic applications.
Our interlocking pavers are always installed to be as level as possible. However, feel free to tell us of any specific concerns you may have. Because there are so many great paving stones to choose from, the more information you give us, the easier it will be for us to make the appropriate recommendation.
Polymeric jointing sand is a high-tech mix of graded, colored sand and a polymer binder, specially formulated for the filling of joints between pavers, slabs or natural stones. Unlike conventional sand it stays in place and remains stable. It softens when wet and firms up when dry to better resist movement. Because the sand gets hard you can expect fewer weeds and less insect damage.
Stones that are harder and denser are more difficult and expensive to quarry and process. Quarrying methods vary as well; stones may be quarried below ground, which is more expensive than above ground. Also, since natural stone is quarried all over the world, long distance shipping factors into the price.
The availability of a particular paver is the most important factor in determining the price, not necessarily how many you buy. However, handling and transportation cost does drop slightly for a larger quantity. The best way to reduce paver cost is to wait until we run a special on a particular product.
Yes. Weeds grow from windblown seeds that fall onto pavers and germinate down into the joints. They do not grow up from below. Weeds can be removed by hand, or with a biodegradable herbicide, such as Roundup®. Keeping sand joints topped up, and sealing pavers can be useful in helping prevent weed growth.
One of the first steps in paver maintenance is to regularly clear the area of dirt and debris. You can use a stiff push broom to remove any loose materials on the pavers. This will prevent the surface of the pavers from being scratched or damaged. You can also use a leaf blower to eliminate any surface dirt. Blowers are ideal for removing debris from between the joints of the stones as well.
To remove minor stains from pavers, rinse the surface of the stones with a garden hose. For more severe stains, brush the soiled area with mild, soapy water. You can also use one part vinegar mixed with ten parts warm water. Soak the area for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse the surface with clean water. You should clean the entire surface with warm, soapy water at least twice a year. Pavers with oil stains should be cleaned immediately with a solution that dissolves oil. For tough spots, you can also use a domestic power washer.
Once you are finished cleaning the area, replace any joint sand that may have been washed away. To help prevent future stains, you can apply a sealer to the top of the stones as well as in between the joints to stabilize the sand. The sealer will also help retain the color of the pavers as it helps protect the stones from the UV rays.