ChristinaJudy Pavers July 03rd, 2018 - 09:17:43
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.
As stated pavers come in a number of colors and materials. The most popular kinds of pavers are made of brick used to enhance the look of sidewalks and driveways. Brick pavers are also simple to clean and only require a scrub brush and some soap and water. You can pick brick pavers in a variety of designs too. Choices include fan-shaped w-shaped x-shaped rectangular and keyhole designs. Rectangular brick pavers are one of the most common pavers available. Therefore if youre confused about what to pick you wont go wrong with this design or material. Select from colors such as buff brown red or green.
Choose from hexagonal rectangular octagonal or square styles. These types of pavers are exceptionally durable and can last well over several decades. Another type of paver is a turf paver. These hollow pavers are installed using a grid system with a concrete or recycled plastic foundation. Upon installation of this grid also referred to as a "honeycomb" system gravel and topsoil are added inside. The pavers making up these grids encourage the growth of grass over the structure which creates an incredibly strong pavement made of turf or grass. These eco-friendly pavers are used to reduce the erosion of the soil and are a great "green" alternative to 100% concrete pavements.
Your paver contractor should be able to tell you offhand which material is used and how much is needed. Obviously if a paver contractor cant explain this thoroughly to you its time to move on to a new paver contractor. The foundation of the paver installation process must be precise. The soil density is vital to the paver installation process and if you want the paver installation to last it really is best to call in a qualified professional paver contractor. A weak or saturated area of soil may not reach the required density levels for proper paver installation and then naturally the area would need to be modified in order for the pavers to lay properly. The basic goal outside of beautiful and sound construction of the paver area is to create the soil foundation a minimum of 95% Proctor density. Without great enough density the inevitable is bound to happen sooner or later and the pavers may crack split or cave in under you without warning. A qualified paver contractor can explain exactly how this density requirement applies to your property and what can be done to improve it prior to the paver installation.