Aceline Kari Bernier Pavers June 16th, 2018 - 09:40:44
Thin pavers were created to remodel existing pool decks patios sidewalks and front entries. They are perfect for any non-vehicular application that remodels an existing concrete slab. By a technical definition thin pavers are not considered pavers. Instead they are considered to be a tile. Their thickness relative to their shape prevents them from being considered a paver. Typically thin pavers are anywhere from three quarters of inch in thickness to an inch and a quarter. Since they are about half the thickness of regular pavers they should cost less right? Unfortunately on a material only basis thin pavers cost the same as thick pavers. The reason for this is that overwhelmingly thick pavers are in much higher demand than thin pavers. Therefore it is a burden on the production company to produce their less frequently demanded thin counterparts.
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.
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.
After fixing any sagging areas look for individual pavers that are sitting higher or lower than the surrounding pavers. A paver that sits higher can often be leveled by using a rubber mallet to force it into its proper position. If its too high or doesnt move you may have to remove it so you can remove some of the sand thats below the paver. If it sits low youll have to remove it to add sand until its level. To remove the paver you can purchase a paver removal tool or you can use a small pry bar to loosen the paver and lift it out of its space being careful not to crack or chip the paver. Its a good idea to pressure wash the surface on a yearly basis. Pressure Washing cleans the surface of your pavers and also remove much of the organic material growing between the pavers. Removing the organic material reduces the amount of bugs living in your paver area and helps keep the pavers stable.