Adaliz Louise Auclair Pavers June 17th, 2018 - 18:10:13
Concrete natural stone and brick pavers are commonly used to create a more beautiful outdoor space. An increasing number of residential and commercial property owners are using pavers to construct driveways patio spaces and pathways in their yards. Read on to learn more about the paver materials and design considerations that are offered by most landscape design companies. Concrete: Concrete pavers come in a range of sizes colors and textures and are typically moderately priced. A series of interlocking pavers makes it easy to produce a harmonious design. Further pavers offer aesthetic details that cant be obtained with the use of concrete slabs.
When you choose an interior floor covering you have many different material choices. The same holds true for choosing pool or outdoor area pavers. Pool patios and decks and sidewalks use pavers made of concrete stone or brick. These are the three most common types of materials for pavers. The paver material you choose can affect the design you can create. Since concrete and brick pavers are manmade you can find these pavers in different shapes and sizes. Stone pavers on the other hand are natural so it limits the options to more traditional shapes. The summer and warmer months of the year means spending more time outdoors in our backyards and around the pool.
Inspect the joints of the pavers for sand loss. If the sand is more than ¼ inch below the joint surface youll have to "re-sand" the pavers. To re-sand you must use paver sand. You can buy this in bags at Lowes and Home Depot or at a brick yard. Spread the sand our on the pavers and using a push broom sweep the sand back and forth at a 45 degree angle from the joint lines until the level is 1/4th to 1/8th of an inch to the top of the joint surface. After the pavers have been adjusted cleaned and re-sanded (and every time after re-sanding) you want to seal your pavers with a good quality sealer. Sealing your pavers will protect the pavers from most kind staining and it will harden the joint sand locking your pavers into place and preventing anthills and weeds from growing between pavers. A good quality sealer will prevent a haze from forming on the paver surface caused from moisture in the paver when sealing. If you currently see a haze on the surface of your pavers from previous sealing youll have to strip the existing sealer before applying new sealer.
Your paver contractor should be able to tell you offhand which material is used and how much is needed. Obviously if a paver contractor cant explain this thoroughly to you its time to move on to a new paver contractor. The foundation of the paver installation process must be precise. The soil density is vital to the paver installation process and if you want the paver installation to last it really is best to call in a qualified professional paver contractor. A weak or saturated area of soil may not reach the required density levels for proper paver installation and then naturally the area would need to be modified in order for the pavers to lay properly. The basic goal outside of beautiful and sound construction of the paver area is to create the soil foundation a minimum of 95% Proctor density. Without great enough density the inevitable is bound to happen sooner or later and the pavers may crack split or cave in under you without warning. A qualified paver contractor can explain exactly how this density requirement applies to your property and what can be done to improve it prior to the paver installation.