Adelisa Villette Benoit Pavers July 01st, 2018 - 09:41:03
What is the difference between thick and thin pavers? Where should you use either product? Do thick pavers cost more than thin pavers? Can I install thin pavers on top of my driveway? These are common questions we get from homeowners all of the time. Thick pavers range from two and three eighths of an inch to three and half inches in thickness. They are typically used in new construction. When you build a new home and choose pavers for your hardscaping thick pavers will be used. If you add a new pool to your existing home and decide to install pavers as the decking surface thick pavers will be used. If you want a new patio in your backyard thick pavers will be used. If you want to redo your driveway with pavers the existing concrete should be removed and thick pavers will then be installed on top of base material.
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.
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.
Choosing and selecting the type of pavers to use for a project can be quite daunting especially if there are many different types of outdoor pavers available in the market today. The first thing you have to think of is the type of material needed for a project. There are clay brick pavers stone pavers concrete pavers rubber pavers and grass pavers. These are the common types used for commercial and residential landscaping projects. The color the shape the pattern or design as well as the pavers to be used on the needed application are the details that you have to consider as well. It is always best to look around and check the features of the property to make the decision-making easier. The best way to start the project is to match the existing materials. If you are having trouble deciding you can get advice from a contractor or a landscape designer.