1. What are pavers?
Pavers are landscape elements laid on flat surfaces, most often made of stone or stone-derived materials. Pavers are installed over a sand and/or crushed limestone base. They are often laid out in interlocking patterns, sometimes randomly to create an artistic effect. They are known to have a functional values as well as an aesthetic appeal, so you can add them as a finishing touch to complete your overall landscape projects
2. As a homeowner, why shouldn’t I attempt to install the pavers myself?
We don’t recommend homeowners installing pavers. It is a craft and it takes a long time before you can become skilled in doing an excellent job of installing them.
3. How long do concrete pavers last?
You will find that many of the larger pavers manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty. However, pavers can be easily repaired and replaced, making them very durable!
The longevity of your interlocking pavement starts with using high quality pavers and using a competent installation contractor to execute a proper installation. If pavers are not installed properly they may not last as long as they should.
4. Will pavers be slippery?
No, their surface texture is ideal for obtaining safe traction in pedestrian, vehicular, and pool applications-even when wet.
5. Do the colors fade?
Pavers uses the highest quality pigment made for adding color into concrete pavers. However, because of the extreme power of the sun, you will still have some fading over the years. Dirt and other dust particles usually mask the colour of the pavers thus giving the appearance of fading, cleaning the pavers and sealing them usually lifts the colours back to a new looking state.
6. What is the curing time?
You can use your new walkway, patio, or driveway immediately after the installation is completed.
7. Who uses pavers?
Pavers are right for you whether you are a landscape architect, developer, contractor, or homeowner.
8. What goes between the pavers?
Pavers joints are filled with washed sand that is swept in and compacted to fill the joints.
9. What is the smallest job your company will handle?
Any size job.
10. Why should I seal my pavers?
Sealing protects pavers from rain, sun and wear. It creates an invisible barrier that repels water, oil and dirt. Sealing also preserves the pavers natural beauty for years to come. Sealing helps prevent insect infestation and weed growth.
11. How long does the process take?
It’s usually a 2-day process (weather permitting of course). The first day, we treat any stains with various solutions or solvents which is followed up by pressure cleaning, getting almost anything out (stubborn penetrating stains like oil and rust may not come out). The second day, given that the surface to be sealed is completely dry, our sealer is then rolled on. We suggest vehicles not to be driven over a completed job for 48-72 hours. Pedestrians may walk on the sealed surface 2-4 hours after completion.
12. When do my pavers need re-sanding?
Fine sand is the finishing touch of any paver job. It gets into the little spaces between the pavers and secures them, preventing them from moving or shifting. The sand doesn’t need to come all the way to the surface, but if you see large spaces between the pavers you my need resanding. Otherwise, the pavers may shift and be damaged.
13. Will sealing my pavers make then shine?
Sealing is made to protect the pavers and also to preserve their beauty. When a sealer is applied, it darkens the original colors. Sometimes you might get the pavers to really shine, but it depends on your pavers’ colors. Darker colors tend to have a more noticeable sheen then lighter ones. We use a high solids sealer which usually leaves a satin finish. Again this is a bonus that comes with sealing and not its main purpose.
14. How can you tell if you need to reseal your pavers?
A simple way of telling if your pavers need resealing is to run water on the pavers. If the water does not bead up it is time to reseal.
15. How often do I need to reseal my pavers?
The first time your pavers are sealed it will last about one to two years depending on the care given to the area, the traffic, and the elements (i.e. rain, sun etc…). You can expect longer life of the sealer with multiple applications. In addition, the quality of the pavers and the condition of the pavers play a role in the longevity.