Adaliz Louise Auclair Pavers June 17th, 2018 - 20:08:22
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.
Choose from hexagonal rectangular octagonal or square styles. These types of pavers are exceptionally durable and can last well over several decades. Another type of paver is a turf paver. These hollow pavers are installed using a grid system with a concrete or recycled plastic foundation. Upon installation of this grid also referred to as a "honeycomb" system gravel and topsoil are added inside. The pavers making up these grids encourage the growth of grass over the structure which creates an incredibly strong pavement made of turf or grass. These eco-friendly pavers are used to reduce the erosion of the soil and are a great "green" alternative to 100% concrete pavements.
Sealing pavers immediately after installation decreases chances of getting displaced or disfigured. The pavers set in sand move and adjust so in case a piece of pavers is chipped off in the process immediately replace it. So keeping a few extra pavers in stock is a good idea in case the particular design suddenly goes off the market. You dont want to ruin a perfectly symmetrical patio with one mismatched paver. If the pavers are laid on sand check them annually to see if the pieces have sunk. Brush in sand in the space in between them if necessary. The sand in the joints should be half as high as the level of the pavers. Sealing concrete in between prevents this problem.
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.