Adalie Charline Parent Outdoor Paver July 11th, 2018 - 09:00:13
Concrete slabs are practically maintenance-free especially if they are sealed which makes the surface impervious to all kinds of spills and stains. With pavers the material itself is also low maintenance but the spaces between each piece often need regular care because weeds grass and moss will grow in these joints. Aside from regularly removing weeds before they infest the area the owner should also watch out for shifting pavers and cracks on mortared pavers. Brick and concrete pavers are also susceptible to stains. The gravel or sand in between the joints Concrete slabs are significantly more durable than pavers but ground movement greatly affects concrete making it more prone to cracking if the soil underneath it becomes unstable although its surface will still remain flat. Pavers however will not crack when the ground settles because the settling will affect individual units. However they could become tripping hazards when some of the pavers shift up as a result of ground movement.
When it comes to sealing pavers you have a choice. You can either have your pavement sealed or leave it the way it is. However if you want your paver to last long without damage and have a glossed look then sealing it is essential. More and more people today are taking to sealing their pavers. Since pavers are the elements of the house that suffer maximum exposure to extreme weather pollution dirt grease and load conditions they stand a higher risk of being damaged. Given below are four major benefits that should convince you about the benefits of sealing your pavers. The biggest benefit of sealing pavers is that they do not require high maintenance.
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.
Interlocking concrete pavers offer flexibility moving in unison with the earth below them thus avoiding serious damage. Stone pavers are mined for quarries. They have different qualities when compared to concrete and brick because they are more expensive than their manufactured cousins. But they are preferred choice for all external paving needs. Interlocking pavers can be installed very easily because they dont require mortar. They are made up of cement or concrete. These can cover any patio decking driveway or walkway. Brick pavers are made up of cement sand fine aggregates and water which is mixed together and fired in a kiln at high temperatures to produce the finished product. Brick pavers are highly versatile durable and strong.