Adaliz Louise Auclair Pavers June 17th, 2018 - 19:06:07
A common question that we encounter is whether you can use a thin paver on top of base material. The answer is not absolute. In reality it depends on the circumstances of the project and the proficiency of the crew or individual installing the pavers in the first place. The one aspect of the project that must remain constant if considering the use of thin pavers over base is that the area to be paved must only be used as a pedestrian area that wont endure the weight of vehicular traffic. Using a thin paver on compacted base is typically frowned upon within the paver industry. They are normally used to remodel an existing concrete tile or acrylic surface.
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.
Further since sealing pavers keeps them protected from formation of microorganisms they look well maintained and clean because of which the appearance of not only your paver but also the entire landscape is enhanced. Sealing pavers substantially deepens the color of pavers which gives it a crisp elegant look which further provides aesthetic appeal to your home. Cost benefits - Having pavers installed is an investment as it has minimal cost of maintenance and adds durability to the structure. Sealing a paver gets you great returns. Neither does it demand frequent maintenance nor does it damage easily. Further sealers are flexible and versatile in their usage and the same sealer can be used for different kinds of surfaces such as cement or stone.
In fact you can typically notice a serious difference between any two paver areas in color shade or variation whether these areas were simply produced at different times or theres a difference in product thickness. This aesthetic sacrifice does not work for most clients and using a thin paver over prepared base for a purely pedestrian area is completely functional other than the aforementioned compaction difference when compared with a thick paver. If a client is simply interested in a new paver patio then thick pavers are the order of the day. Believe or not but thick pavers cost the same as thin pavers! Therefore there is not a difference in the project cost for the client when choosing to construct a brand new patio. Occasionally however a client simply likes the look be it shape or color of a thin paver vendor better than any of the options from the thick paver option. If this is the case we maintain that the aesthetics are the main priority of the project and we will utilize the thin pavers over prepared base.