ChristinaJudy Pavers June 17th, 2018 - 17:23:11
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.
What is the difference between thick and thin pavers? Where should you use either product? Do thick pavers cost more than thin pavers? Can I install thin pavers on top of my driveway? These are common questions we get from homeowners all of the time. Thick pavers range from two and three eighths of an inch to three and half inches in thickness. They are typically used in new construction. When you build a new home and choose pavers for your hardscaping thick pavers will be used. If you add a new pool to your existing home and decide to install pavers as the decking surface thick pavers will be used. If you want a new patio in your backyard thick pavers will be used. If you want to redo your driveway with pavers the existing concrete should be removed and thick pavers will then be installed on top of base material.
Concrete Pavers: This type of paver over the years has been the paver of choice. Why you may ask? Well just about everyone from the homeowner to the professional contractor finds their many benefits to be a plus. What is the main attraction? The durability that they provide is at the top of the list. A great place to utilize these is the driveway due to the fact that they can handle a lot of weight. What else provides the attraction? They stand up great in different weather. They dont crack due to they expand and contract. Here is another great benefit. They are easy to repair. If one needs to be fixed all that needs to be done is to put it in the area of need. Also they are great for around the swimming pool due to the fact that they are skid resistant. This comes in very helpful when walking around barefoot by the pool. Finally taking care of them is pretty easy. Pressing washing intermittently will keep them clean and give you that great look for years to come.
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.