Adaliz Louise Auclair Outdoor Paver June 18th, 2018 - 10:37:32
Manufactured to tight dimensional tolerances pavers are stronger than regular poured concrete surfaces and more durable than black asphalt. They can take more abuse and last for generations. A segmental paving system allows for expansion and contraction without producing surface cracks unlike monolithic concrete surfaces and stamped concrete. Remove and reinstate the same pavers with no ugly patches after repairs to the base or underground utilities. Asphalt concrete and stamped concrete cant make this claim. Pavers are low-maintenance and offer low life-cycle costs. Stained or broken pavers can be easily replaced without patches. Darker colored pavers can help hide stains. Ants and weeds in joints can be prevented with sealers or herbicides.
Paving bricks at a 40mm thickness are also ideal for paving pool surrounds as theyre the same thickness as the majority of pool coping available. This helps to blend your landscaping efforts and reduce the risk of tripping or falling on uneven levels around your pool area. So many Australian homes featured verandas pergolas or under-main-roof alfresco areas as outdoor living areas these days. Choosing outdoor pavers for these areas should be relatively easy as there are plenty of styles and colours to choose from to highlight your outdoor entertaining area. The bricks used for these purposes are usually at a 40mm thickness which is ideal for an entertaining area. Once again the vast range of colours available should make it easy to customise the area to suit your tastes and preferences.
A cost comparison of alternative flooring surfaces will show that pavers are in the mid range of available options. Materials such as higher end travertine or flagstone are at the top along with premium wood or composite wood. At the low end of landscape flooring options we have basic gravel then loose flagstone pieces set in sand and then basic natural gray poured concrete which is why so many of our driveways and sidewalks use basic natural gray concrete. But if you want to stretch your budget a bit and get something that has a completely more exciting look and feel compared to basic concrete using pavers is a great option.
Power wash brick paver areas using a 2700 psi power washer or greater. You may or may not need to use a paver cleaner during this process. Sweep joint sand into all the joints of the pavers and water down with a light spray from a garden hose. Sweep sand and water down a second time to ensure joints are full of joint sand. Once dry confirm joints are full with joint sand and move on to the next step. Having these joints completely filled and compacted will help maintain paver stability. Apply a joint stabilizing sealer on all the paver areas. The sealer hardens the sand which helps prevent water intrusion in the joints and insects digging through it! Follow the instructions of the manufacturer on how to apply sealer.