ChristinaJudy Pavers July 02nd, 2018 - 09:06:23
Be it a pool deck driveway patio or walkway your pavers should be maintained on a regular basis to keep them looking as beautiful as the day they were installed. First do a visual inspection for sagging areas where water will collect and pool. These areas are often caused by water from a hose or rain washing earth foundation material and sand into a hollow space below the paver foundation. Once pooling is noticeable these sagging areas often widen quickly do to the increase of water draining in these areas. Its important for the hollow to be filled and stabilized before leveling the pavers otherwise you can be performing the same task next year. To fix this situation can be tricky. First remove the sagging pavers find the hollow and fill it with a foundation material. Next you want to tamp or pack the foundation material to within two inches of the bottom of the existing pavers. Fill the remaining 2 inches with sand and tamp it level with the bottom of the existing pavers and replace the removed pavers.
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.
In addition to the pattern you create with pavers on the deck around the pool you can also create irregular shapes and patterns for other areas around the pool. For example you can use irregular shaped pavers to create steppingstones as the entrance to the pool deck or patio. Irregular shapes such as stone pavers can create a decorative look such as to surround flowerbeds or create small walls to separate one area of the yard from another. You can also combine different shaped pavers to add a different design effect. Combining different shapes of pavers allows you to create unique designs that set your outdoor design and décor apart from the neighbors and other people you know.
Pavers come with a natural sealant or you can add a sealant to keep the pavers from being slippery. Since the pavers surround the pool water can make the pavers wet but the sealant keeps it from being a safety hazard. While the focus here is pool pavers pavers actually have various uses. Beyond creating a pool patio or deck pavers are also the material for creating driveways and walkways. A paver is a design material that provides these outdoor areas a finished look. Whether its in the front yard backyard or on the side of your home you can use pavers to create these different areas outside of your home.