Adaliz Louise Auclair Pavers July 12th, 2018 - 09:02:25
When you choose an interior floor covering you have many different material choices. The same holds true for choosing pool or outdoor area pavers. Pool patios and decks and sidewalks use pavers made of concrete stone or brick. These are the three most common types of materials for pavers. The paver material you choose can affect the design you can create. Since concrete and brick pavers are manmade you can find these pavers in different shapes and sizes. Stone pavers on the other hand are natural so it limits the options to more traditional shapes. The summer and warmer months of the year means spending more time outdoors in our backyards and around the pool.
Paver manufacturers are in business to produce as many pavers as quickly and as efficiently as they can. When they have to shut the system down to change out shape molds and adjust machinery to accommodate thin paver thickness they lose a lot of valuable production time. It can take hours to switch from one mold to the next. Additionally since thin pavers arent ordered as often the order quantities are frequently less and the manufacturer is forced to produce less pavers per mold and color. This inefficiency causes increased costs for the producers and they pass those costs on to their customers. So even though thin pavers use fewer raw materials to be produced they take up more time and time is money.
Your paver contractor should be able to tell you offhand which material is used and how much is needed. Obviously if a paver contractor cant explain this thoroughly to you its time to move on to a new paver contractor. The foundation of the paver installation process must be precise. The soil density is vital to the paver installation process and if you want the paver installation to last it really is best to call in a qualified professional paver contractor. A weak or saturated area of soil may not reach the required density levels for proper paver installation and then naturally the area would need to be modified in order for the pavers to lay properly. The basic goal outside of beautiful and sound construction of the paver area is to create the soil foundation a minimum of 95% Proctor density. Without great enough density the inevitable is bound to happen sooner or later and the pavers may crack split or cave in under you without warning. A qualified paver contractor can explain exactly how this density requirement applies to your property and what can be done to improve it prior to the paver installation.
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.