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Aceline Kari Bernier Pavers June 09th, 2018 - 17:24:23
In todays world of home remodeling one product really can help make an aesthetical difference. That product is none other than the paver. They can be used to beautify any outdoor or indoor living area; this includes driveways patio deck pool decks walkways sidewalks and entryways. Also retaining walls are a common place as well. Stone and concrete brick paving products can transform any landscape into a beautiful piece of work. Lets dive into some of the more common used pavers today:
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.
Pavers can be installed in a variety of unique and interesting patterns to add flair and interesting qualities to your home garden or business. When laying pavers long straight lines should be avoided and either a basket weave pattern or a varying unique pattern should be used in straight line paver installation. This creates an ambiance that is reflective of your personality as well as the home or business personality. A qualified paver contractor should be able to interest you in all kinds of unique paver designs and show you exactly how paver installation can dramatically beautify your home or business. When looking for a paver contractor make sure he or she is willing to listen to your ideas and thoughts and then build upon them. A quality paver contractor will come will a solid reputation and references that are impeccable. Most of all a paver contractor should be enthusiastic about your project. It is a project of creativity and artistic impression combined with skill and knowledge. A lack of enthusiasm can be taken for a lack of artistic ability.
Inspect the joints of the pavers for sand loss. If the sand is more than ¼ inch below the joint surface youll have to "re-sand" the pavers. To re-sand you must use paver sand. You can buy this in bags at Lowes and Home Depot or at a brick yard. Spread the sand our on the pavers and using a push broom sweep the sand back and forth at a 45 degree angle from the joint lines until the level is 1/4th to 1/8th of an inch to the top of the joint surface. After the pavers have been adjusted cleaned and re-sanded (and every time after re-sanding) you want to seal your pavers with a good quality sealer. Sealing your pavers will protect the pavers from most kind staining and it will harden the joint sand locking your pavers into place and preventing anthills and weeds from growing between pavers. A good quality sealer will prevent a haze from forming on the paver surface caused from moisture in the paver when sealing. If you currently see a haze on the surface of your pavers from previous sealing youll have to strip the existing sealer before applying new sealer.