Aceline Kari Bernier Outdoor Paver June 21st, 2018 - 09:11:58
Compared to regular concrete pavers are crack free. Their inherent design allows them to flex and move because of their many dry joints between the individual pavers. No poured concrete is used in the installation only a compacted aggregate base and sand. Edge restraints can be packed concrete along the outer perimeter or special plastic edge restraints designed specifically for pavers. Tile stone flagstone or any other material that must be installed over a concrete slab is subject to cracking of the underlying slab. Poured concrete without stone on top will also crack because its the nature of concrete to crack. Expansion joints are intentionally placed in poured concrete applications to allow for this natural cracking. Unfortunately concrete does not always crack along the expansion joints. And when it doesnt the whole appearance can be ruined.
Concrete pavers cannot compete with real stone such as travertine flooring or random flagstone but it is considered because of several factors. Lets see why concrete pavers are indeed so popular and why the manufacturers are coming out with more and more variations on the basic design. Pavers come in a variety of patterns textures and colors from contemporary patterns to combinations of units that mimic European cobblestone. Because they are molded texture can be created to not only resemble a brick but a rounded stone or even a piece of cut flagstone. Pavers are generally smaller units and can be laid to follow the terrain. They can be installed directly on the contours of the land. If you have a driveway that dips down and then slopes back up pavers will look natural over the topography. There is no need to have level sections such as when using wood.
The cost will be a factor effecting your decision while choosing the material for the pavers. The concrete pavers are the cheapest ones whereas the brick patio and the stone patio cost more. The brick pavers cost the most. So if you are low on budget then go for concrete patio instead of brick patio. Once you have installed the pavers of your choice the next task is to keep an eye on its maintenance. The maintenance depends on the material that you are using for the patios. Some materials need more attention while the others need low or no attention at all. This is simply due to the fact that some pavers will hold on to their color for longer while other will not. Also the pavers which are easy to clean will require low maintenance than the pavers needing more time for cleaning.
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.