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Adalene Astrid Cuillerier Outdoor Paver June 09th, 2018 - 01:56:50
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.
A cost comparison of alternative flooring surfaces will show that pavers are in the mid range of available options. Materials such as higher end travertine or flagstone are at the top along with premium wood or composite wood. At the low end of landscape flooring options we have basic gravel then loose flagstone pieces set in sand and then basic natural gray poured concrete which is why so many of our driveways and sidewalks use basic natural gray concrete. But if you want to stretch your budget a bit and get something that has a completely more exciting look and feel compared to basic concrete using pavers is a great option.
Once sealed the paver wears a clean and glossy look. If you have used color pigment while laying the paver or a naturally colored stone then a coat on it enhances the appearance of the color. Sealers that use UV protection elements prevent fading of the paver due to exposure to sunlight. Further since sealing pavers keeps them protected from effervescence and formation of microorganisms they look well maintained and clean because of which the appearance of not only your paver but also your entire house or office is enhanced. If the estimate for sealing your paver inclines slightly to the higher side you do get discouraged. Think of it as an investment that gets you great returns.
Dirt does not tend to tick on them stubbornly and hence a simple wiping of the surface or pressure washing if stains are too greasy gets rid of any unwanted deposited. In fact the water board recommends sealing concrete pavers in order to save water. By sealing a paver you are essentially putting a shield that protects it from being damaged due to various factors such as reaction with acid and fungal infestations. Further it prevents sand and cement in the joints from washing out due to heavy rains and storms thus preventing loosening of stones. The hazardous effects of freezing and thawing that tend to ruin most of the pavers is eliminated due to sealing. Sealing pavers protects them under all weathers and high traffic loads. As a result your paver is well preserved.