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Adalie Charline Parent Pavers June 17th, 2018 - 17:56:10
We frequently install thin pavers on top of base material when the project calls for it. For instance if we are remodeling an existing pool deck and the client wants to expand the deck area we will simply excavate the addition compact four inches of base material and install the thin pavers on top so that they are flush with the thin pavers we just installed over top of the existing pool deck. The reason we choose to use a thin paver in this example is to maintain color shade and variation consistency throughout the entire project. Thick and thin pavers never match exactly because they are manufactured at different times using different aggregates. The variation in color dye blending and moisture content of the sand and aggregates during the manufacturing process is what gives each batch of pavers its own distinct look.
Travertine Pavers: This type of paver resides to a larger family of stone called limestone or also called calcium carbonate. Marble is also a form of limestone that has had additional heat and pressure applied to it by the earths crust. Travertine is created by minerals liquefy in ground water and then being deposited on the earths surface by natural springs rivers or geysers. Travertine pavers can be purchased in many different colors including beige ivory walnut noce and gold. Iron compounds or other types of impurities of an organic nature are what give the travertine its color. If aesthetics are the main goal for the homeowner then one must really look at going with travertine pavers.
A common question that we encounter is whether you can use a thin paver on top of base material. The answer is not absolute. In reality it depends on the circumstances of the project and the proficiency of the crew or individual installing the pavers in the first place. The one aspect of the project that must remain constant if considering the use of thin pavers over base is that the area to be paved must only be used as a pedestrian area that wont endure the weight of vehicular traffic. Using a thin paver on compacted base is typically frowned upon within the paver industry. They are normally used to remodel an existing concrete tile or acrylic surface.
Cleaning pavers should not be put off. The surfaces of the pavers are porous and quickly absorb oil; the longer the oil remains the deeper it sets making the stain permanent. Get oil removers from a local hardware store but make sure it is not acidic. Acidic chemicals can react with the salt of the pavers and damage it. Weeds growing in the pavers are a nuisance especially when they force cracks through the tiles themselves! Sealing pavers mostly avoid this but sometimes if the weeds are not plucked for a long time they can be dislodged from their slots. Apply a weed-killer to get good results. If the pavers are not matt finish applying a stone polish can prevent weeds from growing profusely along with providing protection. If you really want some greenery in between your pavers scatter short rooting grass or herb seeds evenly along the joints.