Adalie Charline Parent Outdoor Paver June 21st, 2018 - 09:42:11
The many shapes patterns and colors of Concrete Pavers allow for design creativity as well as delineation of pavement areas such as parking lanes cross walks and intersections. The beauty of pavers adds value and visual appeal to any property. By adding flexibility not possible with rigid pavement pavers can flow with existing landscaping to deliver beauty to any property. Proper installation of the product results in a pavement that is rigid yet flexible. The joints between pavers allow the driveway to move without cracking. In addition they can be unzipped to allow for repairs or access to utilities.
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.
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.
In addition having objects within the area may cause you harm as they may fly around and strike in case you accidentally hit them with the water coming from your pressure water cleaner. To make the cleanup process faster finding the right end to start with is advisable. Always consider the slope of the pathway in deciding where to start as this will determine how the water will flow - sideways or downwards. The dirt and stains will be easily washed off if the water flows according to the force of gravity. Doing this is not recommended unless your outdoor pavers have not been cleaned for many years. Alternatively you may use a steaming water to get rid of the dirt and stains on the surface.