ChristinaJudy Pavers July 01st, 2018 - 09:47:40
One of the most beautifying and creative additions you can make to your home or business is the addition of a patio surface walkway or creative stone and paver enhancement. These additions can add tremendous value and usability to your home or business. However before you rush to the phone book and call just any paving contractor there are things you probably need to consider. Paver installation is a skill that requires education and specific knowledge. You really cant call Bob from down the street and slap a few pavers in by yourself and expect it to last for years to come. The base material is determined for the most part by the condition of the soil that is located under where the pavers are to be laid. Each state is unique but basically pavers are laid on their base material which is determined by the type of material used under that particular states major roadways.
Pool pavers are a popular material for creating decks and patios around the pool. The three primary materials that pavers come in are stone cement and brick. Stone pavers are a natural material so these pavers traditionally come in a rectangle shape. Since brick and cement pavers are manmade you can find pavers in different shapes that allow you to create the design or look you want. Square and rectangular pavers are the best choice for pool pavers because these pavers have smooth edges and textured surfaces. The shape of the paver affects the pattern you can create. A paver shaped like a zigzag for example can create an interlocking pattern. Square pavers on the other hand create a side-by-side pattern. Traditionally pool patterns include square and rectangular pavers to sit side-by-side but you can also turn the square and rectangular pavers at an angle to create a diamond pattern.
Be it a pool deck driveway patio or walkway your pavers should be maintained on a regular basis to keep them looking as beautiful as the day they were installed. First do a visual inspection for sagging areas where water will collect and pool. These areas are often caused by water from a hose or rain washing earth foundation material and sand into a hollow space below the paver foundation. Once pooling is noticeable these sagging areas often widen quickly do to the increase of water draining in these areas. Its important for the hollow to be filled and stabilized before leveling the pavers otherwise you can be performing the same task next year. To fix this situation can be tricky. First remove the sagging pavers find the hollow and fill it with a foundation material. Next you want to tamp or pack the foundation material to within two inches of the bottom of the existing pavers. Fill the remaining 2 inches with sand and tamp it level with the bottom of the existing pavers and replace the removed pavers.
What is the difference between thick and thin pavers? Where should you use either product? Do thick pavers cost more than thin pavers? Can I install thin pavers on top of my driveway? These are common questions we get from homeowners all of the time. Thick pavers range from two and three eighths of an inch to three and half inches in thickness. They are typically used in new construction. When you build a new home and choose pavers for your hardscaping thick pavers will be used. If you add a new pool to your existing home and decide to install pavers as the decking surface thick pavers will be used. If you want a new patio in your backyard thick pavers will be used. If you want to redo your driveway with pavers the existing concrete should be removed and thick pavers will then be installed on top of base material.