There is an increasing awareness of the environmental benefits of using natural, sustainable materials. Their low environmental impact and low maintenance costs make them a wise choice and the appearance of clay pavers only improves with age. Unlike concrete pavers, brick is made of clay, which occurs naturally in most states. It is shaped and then fired up in a kiln to provide the very hard and durable clay paver that stands the test of time. The origin of the clay itself determines color, which ranges from cream to very dark brown. The majority of bricks are a reddish color. Firing temperatures can also influence brick color. Unlike concrete pavers that are composed of grey concrete stained on the outside, brick color is uniform throughout. If a clay paver is chipped or deeply scratched, there is no change in color
the joints. The construction process is a little different than installing regular paving stones. Permeable pavers allow water and storm water to percolate through the drain rock between the pavers and below the paving system. The system is designed to reduce pollutants and runoff.
The spaces between the joints are filled with tiny drain rock that helps the water flow beneath the paving system. It is also designed for faster drainage to the soil sub grade. Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers are also eligible for LEED credits under the U.S. Green Building Councils guidelines.
There are very little differences between pavers. The major difference is the maker of the pavers and your personal preference. The way that the pavers are made, vary from one manufacturer to the next. Styles and colors vary as well so it’s really a personal preference on what you like and what fits the overall design you are looking to achieve.
There are two types of coping, bullnose and remodel. Bullnose coping is used on new installations and does not hang down as far as remodel coping does. Remodel coping hangs down further and is used to cover up imperfections on existing surfaces that has been altered or cut off. Coping is great for stair treads, pool edging or to provide a soft rounded edge on a garden wall. It gives any paver project that finished look of perfection and style.
Yes, we do repair work. Occasionally you may have roots interfere and start to make your pavers lift up or you need to do a repair under the surface. We will come out and give you an estimate based on your repair needs.
Yes, pavers should be sealed after installation to protect them from stains and mildew. The sealer also keeps the sand in the joints better and stops most of the weeds from coming up in between them. It keeps them cleaner for much longer and brings out their true color as well. Once they are sealed, you only need a hose to clean them. We recommend that pavers be sealed every two years give or take depending on the wear and tear of the area and existing weather conditions.
We would give you an estimate based on the size and amount of cleaning necessary to reseal your pavers. We would pressure wash the pavers and clean them and make sure any and all weeds were
eliminated. Then we would spread sand in between all the joints again as the sand does dissipate through the years with rain and wind etc. Once the joints are filled with sand we would then rinse the pavers again with water to get most of the sand residue off the surface of the pavers and into the joints. Then we would spray 2 coats of Seal n Lock. The first quote being a little thicker and the second coat being thinner. It is a one day process, but we recommend not walking on it for 24 hours and not driving on it for 48 hours.
There are 2 different types of sealer we use from SEAL’nLOCK.
Super Wet is a high solids, two-part water based pure urethane sealer that penetrates the pavers to provide a longer lasting protective barrier with superior joint stabilization (no need for polymeric sand) resulting in a ‘wet look.’ Super Wet is user friendly and environmentally safe. The high solids content of pure urethane wears evenly and lasts longer than solvent based sealers.
Natural Luster is a high solids, urethane modified acrylic sealer (with an algae and mold inhibitor) that penetrates the pavers to provide a protective barrier with superior joint stabilization (no need for polymeric sand) resulting in a natural luster. Natural Luster is user friendly and environmentally safe. Our solids content of urethane and acrylic wears evenly and will last as long as solvent based sealers. Natural Luster is available in a 5 gallon pail.
There are no strict guidelines in regards to sealing Pavers or Travertine. It’s a personal preference and depends on various aspects. We use a water based Sealer and If you are sealing a high traffic area such as a busy floor which is used on a daily basis, the sealer may not last as long as opposed to a floor that does not see much traffic. We recommend sealing your pavers or travertine once every two years, but some areas may require more frequent sealing. A good way to tell if your pavers need to be sealed is, if you splash water on the tile or paver and the stone color becomes significantly more vibrant, it’s probably time for a round of sealing.
The individual pavers can be easily removed and put back in place when the repair is complete. There is no visual impact on the surface. This is one of the long term benefits of interlocking pavers.
EffloRemover is an organic acid which is used to remove efflorescence (a whitish residue that is sometimes apparent on the surface of the pavers) and rust from the surface of the pavers. The efflorescence remover is user friendly and environmentally safe.