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Paver patios, walkways, and driveways have become a very popular alternative to standard concrete and traditional masonry in high-end landscaping designs. With an enormous variety of colors and styles available, homeowners can personalize and perfect their outdoor spaces and enjoy the added benefits of the material’s durability and ease of care for many years to come.
All About Pavers
Pavers are brick-like pieces of high-density concrete molded at a factory and shipped to the job site. They are installed individually as the top surface of a patio, walkway, or driveway. Unlike standard masonry, pavers are not mortared in place. Paver installations offer many advantages over standard concrete. Paver patios, walkways, and driveways are structurally sound as well as aesthetically pleasing, and because each paver’s dimensions are tightly controlled at the factory, a paver installation is usually more uniform and has straighter lines than a similar installation of natural stone. Additionally, paver installations do not have the same consequences regarding cracks as concrete driveways may. If a single or even a few pavers break, they can be replaced with relative ease. Nevertheless, pavers are a premium product. Paver installation s are more expensive than other standard surfaces, such as poured concrete. In fact, they are usually at least twice as expensive as a standard concrete installation of similar dimensions. However, pavers typically cost less than a material like natural stone but can achieve the same high-end look.
The Installation Process
After designing the layout of the pavers, the area for the installation is excavated. Once excavation is complete, the dirt is compacted with a compaction machine, and a foundation of crushed stone is installed in layers so that each layer can be firmly compacted. After the final layer of crushed stone is in place, a layer of granite sand is put down and compacted to fill the gaps between the crushed stone, creating a smooth surface on which to place the pavers. If the area is intended for auto traffic, the installation will be thicker than if it is intended for foot traffic alone. Once the foundation is in place, the pavers are laid in the desired pattern. Spacers are utilized to help the installer maintain straighter lines. After the pavers are in the desired pattern, they are tapped firmly into place with the compaction machine. Next, the installers spread a layer of either polymeric sand or regular sand on top of the pavers and then sweep it into the cracks between the pavers. While more expensive than regular sand, polymeric sand binds together when it is sprayed with water, thereby making the sand permanent.
A penetrating sealer protects the pavers from stains from a variety of substances. It typically makes the color of the pavers appear richer. Penetrating sealers will also prevent water from entering the pavers.