Treeium services Los Angeles, Ventura Orange, Riverside San Diego, Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.
Interlocking concrete and precast concrete pavers are made out of cement and rock materials known as fine and coarse aggregate. The volume of aggregate is modified to determine concrete paver finishes and color pigment is added before concrete pavers are poured into various standard shapes and sizes.
Most paver manufacturers offer a lifetime guarantee for their products. An important factor that allows a pavers installation to last much longer than concrete, is the ease of repair. Should ever have issues with cracked or chipped pavers, you can simply have them replaced without taking away from the function or look of the patio, pool deck, driveway or walkway. Therefore, the longevity and integrity of the installation is significantly higher than that of other hardscape paving materials.
Smooth pavers – Pavers have a smooth surface and straight corners. Textured Pavers – have a textured surface that creates a rustic look. Tumbled Pavers – have chiseled corners that provide an antique or distressed broken look.
Although easy to install, concrete is likely to split and crack, especially in a seismic area such as Southern California. Pavers on the other hand, due to the installation process and their interlocking system, are more flexible and are able to disperse pressure or weight evenly, which helps prevent cracking. Additionally, paving stones come in a variety of shapes, textures, patterns and colors, and offer more design options for your project than concrete slabs.
Every project we do is customized to compliment the style of each individual home. Our design experts will work with you to help you pick the best paver for your home’s design. We can create unique patterns to ensure that your home stands out.
Tumbled pavers are standard pavers that have been put through a machine that wears down sharp edges, giving tumbled pavers a more natural and aged look.
Natural stones are primarily cut from real rock, as opposed to concrete pavers, which are man-made.
Sometimes called filter fabric, geotextile is made of plastic threads that allow water to pass through them. Geotextile separates and contains the base from the underlying soil subgrade. It allows the base to shed water, and prevents the soil around it from working its way into the base. Without geotextile, the soil will work its way into the base and weaken it. This is a slow process that happens when the soil is saturated with water or during periods of thawing. Geotextile stops this process and extends the life of the base by many years. Geotextile is recommended for use over silt and clay soils and not essential in sandy soils. Geotextile is used primarily for driveways due to the vehicle traffic and weight.
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For an average size driveway, the pavers installation process can take about one week or less.
The crew will check for underground obstacles, excavate and compact subgrade. Next the crew will install the base material, concrete borders, bedding sand, install the pavers and run a compactor over the surface to get sand into the joints and finish by sealing the pavers.
Pavers installation price is usually calculated per square foot, based on the type of pavers that will be used, installation conditions, and any custom work.
Concrete pavers should be swept occasionally and may be washed down with water. Special solvents are available for oil stains and pavers can be pressure washed.
Specially formulated chemical stain removers are available for your concrete pavers. Sometimes the fastest and easy way is to replace the stained paver
Keep your pavers swept, washed with water from time to time, and fill up any missing joint sand/polymeric sand.
Sealing is not essential in many applications but it offers many benefits like enhancing colors or gloss and making spills and stains easier to remove. Liquid sealers are applied after the pavers are installed and are cleaned. Once applied, the sealers soak into the concrete and into the joints. The sealer that soaks into the joints helps keep activate the binding agents in the sand and prevents weeds and ants.
Since they are a transparent paint-like coating, sealers generally need to be reapplied every three to five years. Use sealers specifically for concrete pavers. More intense use of the pavers and extreme climates often increase the need for re-applying a coat of sealer.
Concrete pavers will typically support the weight of several cars and withstand pressure up to 8000 psi. (Concrete can usually only hold weight up to 1500-2500 psi without cracking.)
Founded in 1993, the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute is the North American trade association considered by peer associations around the world as the leader in development and dissemination of technical information for design professionals and contractors and engages in a broad range of technical, marketing, educational, government relations and communications activities.
Anyone involved in paver installation may make an application to join as a paying member, however, only individuals who have completed a course of study that includes rigorous testing may become an ICPI certified installer. Read more at: http://www.icpi.org/certification.
The Romans are credited for having built the world’s first — and longest enduring — cobblestone superhighways that still endure today.
Concrete pavers add timeless appeal to any residential or commercial property, adding tangible value to your home or commercial property
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