ChristinaJudy Pavers July 08th, 2018 - 09:20:40
There are several options while choosing amongst the patio ideas for pavers. These include concrete brick and stone pavers. Concrete pavers are the least expensive while the brick patio pavers are the most expensive. Therefore the choice of the pavers will depend on the individuals budget for the task. After installing the pavers it is important to maintain the area. The maintenance requirement is also based on the type of material used. Pavers that can be cleaned easily are easy to maintain while others that cannot be cleaned easily need more time on maintenance. Brick pavers show cracks over time and therefore they need to be maintained to keep their appearance.
Pavers made of concrete go well with flagstone brick and concrete walkways or patios. If you live in climates where winter temperatures dip below zero concrete pavers are a good choice. Theyre able to hold up well in extreme temperatures. Choose pavers in shades such as ochre pink bisque white or sand. Pavers come in keyhole x-shape y-shape pentagon hexagon and fan designs. Pavers are made of sandstone blue stone granite and limestone as well. Such pavers are typically quite pricey. These kinds of pavers are usually used for patios and sidewalks or around pools or fountains. You can choose pavers made of these materials in a variety of geometric designs.
After fixing any sagging areas look for individual pavers that are sitting higher or lower than the surrounding pavers. A paver that sits higher can often be leveled by using a rubber mallet to force it into its proper position. If its too high or doesnt move you may have to remove it so you can remove some of the sand thats below the paver. If it sits low youll have to remove it to add sand until its level. To remove the paver you can purchase a paver removal tool or you can use a small pry bar to loosen the paver and lift it out of its space being careful not to crack or chip the paver. Its a good idea to pressure wash the surface on a yearly basis. Pressure Washing cleans the surface of your pavers and also remove much of the organic material growing between the pavers. Removing the organic material reduces the amount of bugs living in your paver area and helps keep the pavers stable.
The only difference however between using a thin paver and thick paver over compacted base is that you cannot compact the thin paver once the project is complete. In both instances the base material is compacted but once a thick paver project is completed it is standard practice to spread joint sand over top and compact the field once or twice. The quality thickness and careful compaction of the base material is truly what gives any new paver area its longevity and as long as this crucial step is tended to appropriately then the longevity of the paver project will not be compromised regardless of the paver thickness.