Adaliz Louise Auclair Pavers July 19th, 2018 - 09:10:44
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.
Sealing pavers will enhance the color of the pavers giving a new look. Once applied a sealant the surface will remain stain free and it will also be easy to clean it. Bricks absorb oil and stains fast making your pavement dirty and slippery. High pressure cleaning is not recommended for brick pavers as it can damage the bricks. Always clean it using a low pressure cleaner. Color pigments are often used in concrete pavers. Rampant usage of chemicals can cause fading or discoloration of the pavers. Consult a professional before start cleaning concrete pavers. After cleaning you can apply a sealant so that the color remains protected for a long time.
Be it a pool deck driveway patio or walkway your pavers should be maintained on a regular basis to keep them looking as beautiful as the day they were installed. First do a visual inspection for sagging areas where water will collect and pool. These areas are often caused by water from a hose or rain washing earth foundation material and sand into a hollow space below the paver foundation. Once pooling is noticeable these sagging areas often widen quickly do to the increase of water draining in these areas. Its important for the hollow to be filled and stabilized before leveling the pavers otherwise you can be performing the same task next year. To fix this situation can be tricky. First remove the sagging pavers find the hollow and fill it with a foundation material. Next you want to tamp or pack the foundation material to within two inches of the bottom of the existing pavers. Fill the remaining 2 inches with sand and tamp it level with the bottom of the existing pavers and replace the removed pavers.
Paver manufacturers are in business to produce as many pavers as quickly and as efficiently as they can. When they have to shut the system down to change out shape molds and adjust machinery to accommodate thin paver thickness they lose a lot of valuable production time. It can take hours to switch from one mold to the next. Additionally since thin pavers arent ordered as often the order quantities are frequently less and the manufacturer is forced to produce less pavers per mold and color. This inefficiency causes increased costs for the producers and they pass those costs on to their customers. So even though thin pavers use fewer raw materials to be produced they take up more time and time is money.