Adelisa Villette Benoit Outdoor Paver July 21st, 2018 - 09:23:11
Concrete slabs are practically maintenance-free especially if they are sealed which makes the surface impervious to all kinds of spills and stains. With pavers the material itself is also low maintenance but the spaces between each piece often need regular care because weeds grass and moss will grow in these joints. Aside from regularly removing weeds before they infest the area the owner should also watch out for shifting pavers and cracks on mortared pavers. Brick and concrete pavers are also susceptible to stains. The gravel or sand in between the joints Concrete slabs are significantly more durable than pavers but ground movement greatly affects concrete making it more prone to cracking if the soil underneath it becomes unstable although its surface will still remain flat. Pavers however will not crack when the ground settles because the settling will affect individual units. However they could become tripping hazards when some of the pavers shift up as a result of ground movement.
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.
Dirt does not tend to tick on them stubbornly and hence a simple wiping of the surface or pressure washing if stains are too greasy gets rid of any unwanted deposited. In fact the water board recommends sealing concrete pavers in order to save water. By sealing a paver you are essentially putting a shield that protects it from being damaged due to various factors such as reaction with acid and fungal infestations. Further it prevents sand and cement in the joints from washing out due to heavy rains and storms thus preventing loosening of stones. The hazardous effects of freezing and thawing that tend to ruin most of the pavers is eliminated due to sealing. Sealing pavers protects them under all weathers and high traffic loads. As a result your paver is well preserved.
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. They can give the best advice on materials and refer possible contacts from landscaping suppliers. Different pavers suit certain applications so make sure that the materials needed are right for the said project. It will be a waste of money if the wrong type of pavers is installed.