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The many shapes patterns and colors of Concrete Pavers allow for design creativity as well as delineation of pavement areas such as parking lanes cross walks and intersections. The beauty of pavers adds value and visual appeal to any property. By adding flexibility not possible with rigid pavement pavers can flow with existing landscaping to deliver beauty to any property. Proper installation of the product results in a pavement that is rigid yet flexible. The joints between pavers allow the driveway to move without cracking. In addition they can be unzipped to allow for repairs or access to utilities.
Unlike asphalt pavers are virtually maintenance-free and do not need to be regularly sealed or replaced. By definition concrete pavers have a minimum compressive strength of 8000 psi (about 3 times stronger than regular poured concrete) and a maximum water absorption rate of 5%. Concrete pavers are extremely dense units which possess exceptional strength and durability superior stability under severe loads and are unaffected by the extremes of heat and frost. Each unit has joints that allow for a small amount of movement without cracking. Factory made pavers last for decades.
Apply a paver sealer if applicable and if desired. There are many options when choosing paver sealers. Some will have a glossy wet look which often darkens the color of you pavers (which you may or may not desire). Some paver sealers have a matte finish while others are completely invisible. The sealer creates a durable barrier against liquid absorption on the paver itself (as opposed to the joint stabilizing sealer which hardens the joint sand). Brick paver sealers will help prevent staining and will keep your pavers looking cleaner for a much longer period of time. Some high end pavers have a stain resistant surface and this step is unnecessary. Follow the instructions of the sealers manufacturer on how to apply it properly.
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.