ChristinaJudy Pavers July 03rd, 2018 - 09:25:57
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.
A common question that we encounter is whether you can use a thin paver on top of base material. The answer is not absolute. In reality it depends on the circumstances of the project and the proficiency of the crew or individual installing the pavers in the first place. The one aspect of the project that must remain constant if considering the use of thin pavers over base is that the area to be paved must only be used as a pedestrian area that wont endure the weight of vehicular traffic. Using a thin paver on compacted base is typically frowned upon within the paver industry. They are normally used to remodel an existing concrete tile or acrylic surface.
In fact you can typically notice a serious difference between any two paver areas in color shade or variation whether these areas were simply produced at different times or theres a difference in product thickness. This aesthetic sacrifice does not work for most clients and using a thin paver over prepared base for a purely pedestrian area is completely functional other than the aforementioned compaction difference when compared with a thick paver. If a client is simply interested in a new paver patio then thick pavers are the order of the day. Believe or not but thick pavers cost the same as thin pavers! Therefore there is not a difference in the project cost for the client when choosing to construct a brand new patio. Occasionally however a client simply likes the look be it shape or color of a thin paver vendor better than any of the options from the thick paver option. If this is the case we maintain that the aesthetics are the main priority of the project and we will utilize the thin pavers over prepared base.
Pavers can be used in a number of settings in order to enhance the landscape or the features of a particular path or area on a property. For instance you can create a border along your driveway add a circle design say around a tree in your yard or create a border around bushes. For proportion make sure to use larger pavers in bigger areas and smaller pavers in condensed spots in your yard or on your property. Or for variation combine the use of larger-sized pavers with smaller pavers. You can truly be inventive with the number of designs and colors that are available.