Adaliz Louise Auclair Outdoor Paver July 23rd, 2018 - 09:45:10
Apply a paver sealer if applicable and if desired. There are many options when choosing paver sealers. Some will have a glossy wet look which often darkens the color of you pavers (which you may or may not desire). Some paver sealers have a matte finish while others are completely invisible. The sealer creates a durable barrier against liquid absorption on the paver itself (as opposed to the joint stabilizing sealer which hardens the joint sand). Brick paver sealers will help prevent staining and will keep your pavers looking cleaner for a much longer period of time. Some high end pavers have a stain resistant surface and this step is unnecessary. Follow the instructions of the sealers manufacturer on how to apply it properly.
Concrete slabs are practically maintenance-free especially if they are sealed which makes the surface impervious to all kinds of spills and stains. With pavers the material itself is also low maintenance but the spaces between each piece often need regular care because weeds grass and moss will grow in these joints. Aside from regularly removing weeds before they infest the area the owner should also watch out for shifting pavers and cracks on mortared pavers. Brick and concrete pavers are also susceptible to stains. The gravel or sand in between the joints Concrete slabs are significantly more durable than pavers but ground movement greatly affects concrete making it more prone to cracking if the soil underneath it becomes unstable although its surface will still remain flat. Pavers however will not crack when the ground settles because the settling will affect individual units. However they could become tripping hazards when some of the pavers shift up as a result of ground movement.
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.
When you embellish basic concrete by adding color or perhaps adding aggregate for texture you are adding to the overall cost but remember you still have the risk of cracking. Innovation is Improving with Paver Technology The styles and shapes now available in the market give the designer a lot of flexibility to emulate the appearance of natural stone. Travertine quarries have even created cut travertine stones that are typically 6" x 12" and thick enough to be used in lieu of concrete type pavers. Other natural stone is not conducive to being cut in this fashion. But travertine pavers are also popular for the application where a natural stone is preferred and the budget is a bit higher than for concrete pavers.