Adalie Charline Parent Pavers July 11th, 2018 - 09:54:20
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.
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.
Structural integrity - An indispensable part of enhancing ones pavers is the process of re-sanding the joints which helps in its stability reduces paver loosening and cracks while effectively reducing the effects of erosion on the pavers preventing the exposure of the structural aggregate. A variety of sealing pavers also provides resistance against salts acids and other corrosive material. Sealing pavers also helps in conservation of water as it protects the joint-sand from erosion. Appearance - The paver wears a clean and glossy look once it is sealed. Sealing paver enhances the appearance of its color. Sealers use ingredients which protect the pavers from fading due to exposure to sunlight.
After fixing any sagging areas look for individual pavers that are sitting higher or lower than the surrounding pavers. A paver that sits higher can often be leveled by using a rubber mallet to force it into its proper position. If its too high or doesnt move you may have to remove it so you can remove some of the sand thats below the paver. If it sits low youll have to remove it to add sand until its level. To remove the paver you can purchase a paver removal tool or you can use a small pry bar to loosen the paver and lift it out of its space being careful not to crack or chip the paver. Its a good idea to pressure wash the surface on a yearly basis. Pressure Washing cleans the surface of your pavers and also remove much of the organic material growing between the pavers. Removing the organic material reduces the amount of bugs living in your paver area and helps keep the pavers stable.