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|A Serious Look at Pavers!
Just in time for Spring...
If you've listened to the GardenLine consistently for the past two years, you probably know what a huge fan I am of Paver-Style Patios/Interlocking Pavers. However, some of you may still be asking… What are Pavers? Pavers are brick like components compressed to 8,800 pounds per square inch that come in a variety of shapes, colors and blends that interlock for a rugged performance. They are so rugged, that when installed correctly, they are designed as a road surface. The Romans built 50,000 miles of roads five millennia ago that are still in use and built off the same concept as modern-day interlocking pavers.
Pavers can be installed not only as driveways and driving surfaces, but nowadays because of their flexibility they are gaining in popularity as a patio decking and pool decking.
I personally have a paver patio. I made that choice because I didn't want to deal with the re-painting, rotting, and threat of termites to wood decks. Are you planning a patio, driveway or sidewalk improvement? Then you need to take a serious look at interlocking pavers.
Professional Installation matters, otherwise you could have problems with failures and separation. I don't think I can emphasize this enough… PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION MATTERS, when it comes to pavers. Pavers are not like bricks on your home, which would break in the installation process. Pavers are installed over a 2.0 stabilized base (tested and mixed offsite), at least 4 inches for walk surfaces and 7 inches for driveways. Base compaction and grading makes for a maintenance free project. The pavers are then set on one-inch of bedding sand and compacted in place with over 4,400 pound per square inch vibrator compactor. All edges should be restrained with a concrete toe with rebar. Paver decking should be flat and graded 2% ever 10 feet (possibly set with a laser), color blended well, mitered cut for cornering and curves, inspected for defects and a final inspection to ensure a proper clean-up and that processes have been adhered too. When sourcing this product you need to look for "lowest cost of ownership" with the "highest level of customization." Industry certifications are a must as well as resources that minimize your wait and reinforce your overall expectations.
If you would like to read more about Paver patios/driveways/pool decks, please click on the url below to my friends at the Paver Connection. They may not have installed mine, but they did teach my installer years ago. And you can look around all you want, but please make sure that whoever you choose, they follow the rules mentioned above. If they don't, please find someone who does, or sadly you will eventually be spending even more money to have the bad work replaced or repaired.
Here's that link to Paver Connection, which will show you a digital time-phase install in less than one minute:
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