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Adelisa Villette Benoit Outdoor Paver June 09th, 2018 - 06:59:03
Unlike asphalt pavers are virtually maintenance-free and do not need to be regularly sealed or replaced. By definition concrete pavers have a minimum compressive strength of 8000 psi (about 3 times stronger than regular poured concrete) and a maximum water absorption rate of 5%. Concrete pavers are extremely dense units which possess exceptional strength and durability superior stability under severe loads and are unaffected by the extremes of heat and frost. Each unit has joints that allow for a small amount of movement without cracking. Factory made pavers last for decades.
After some research we found that permeable pavers were best for us. These pavers come in many different shapes textures sizes and colors. Permeable actually means that liquids can pass through it. Our rain water would be absorbed by the dirt under the driveway with little runoff water rushing down the street until it polluted local streams rivers and lakes. Pavers offer a visual appeal through color paver shape and size. Pavers can be color matched to your home. With the help of a professional landscape mason patterns can be created to add more visual appeal. Pavers are dense and offer durability. They can withstand 8000 pounds of pressure per square inch which is much greater than concrete. They have a non-skip non-slide surface.
Once sealed the paver wears a clean and glossy look. If you have used color pigment while laying the paver or a naturally colored stone then a coat on it enhances the appearance of the color. Sealers that use UV protection elements prevent fading of the paver due to exposure to sunlight. Further since sealing pavers keeps them protected from effervescence and formation of microorganisms they look well maintained and clean because of which the appearance of not only your paver but also your entire house or office is enhanced. If the estimate for sealing your paver inclines slightly to the higher side you do get discouraged. Think of it as an investment that gets you great returns.
Each year we make one major improvement to our home which will enhance its beauty or improve on maintenance time from us. We always look for things that will increase the re-sale value of our home when that time comes. Balanced with this are eco-friendly considerations for our neighborhood and city. Our driveway is the current project. We have already ruled out asphalt and poured concrete. Both have the potential to crack and give a negative eye-appeal and possible hazard for tripping. They are not the best eco-friendly structures. Solid surfaces let the rain water run down carrying leaves and other debris into the street and sewers.