ALL ABOUT PAVERS
Paving stones, also known as pavers - a large, flat piece of stone or similar material, used in paving. Pavers have become the most popular choice to use when creating beautiful outdoor spaces, because of the many different colors and styles to choose from. We take these pavers and Interlock them by adding joint sand; Some refer to this as "Interlocking Concrete Pavement" or "Interlocking Paving Stones" . Not only visually appealing, adding value to your home, but durable as well when done properly. Lets get into detail as to why Pavers is the clear choice over concrete or asphalt for your next project.
What does interlocking mean?
During the installation process, paving stones become interlocked with the addition of paver jointing sand. This material locks pavers in place by filling in the joints completely from top to bottom, creating friction in the joints. This friction in the joints disperses weight load over a greater area, meaning that paving stones are able to withstand the weight of vehicles of all sizes, large parties and more.
Concrete and Asphalt VS Pavers
Concrete and asphalt are rigid systems, meaning they cannot move along with the shifting earth beneath them. As the ground shifts, asphalt and concrete shift with it, causing the materials to bend and break. This is how both surfaces easily develop sights of cracks and chips.
Pavers, on the other hand, are individual units that are sand jointed together. This means as the ground shifts, the pavers shift along with it, meaning pavers won’t buckle or crack. The paving stone sand jointed stabilization allows the pavers to remain flexible and easily move along with shifting ground or tremors without breaking, cracking, or chipping.
Repairs can be easily made
One of the most popular benefits of choosing paving stones over asphalt or concrete is the ability to repair damaged pavers. Pavers can easily be removed and replaced, unlike asphalt or concrete. If for any reason, a few of your paving stones become damaged, they can be easily repaired by simply removing the damaged paver and replacing it with a new one.
When concrete becomes damaged, the area must be cut out by a professional with a concrete-cutting saw, lifted out using tools or machines, and new concrete must be poured. This is not only time-consuming and expensive, but the newly poured concrete will almost always never match the existing concrete.
Pavers have a lower moisture absorption rate
Pavers are dense and have very few to no air pockets. Concrete is not as dense due to the pouring and setting process, thus, concrete is full of air pockets. Air pockets not only mean low durability with a higher chance of cracking, but it means the fewer the air pockets, the lower the moisture absorption rate. Concrete has a high moisture absorption rate, meaning water more easily seeps in causing expansion and cracking. Having a lower moisture absorption rate means patio pavers are more durable in colder and wetter climates. Rest assured knowing your pavers hold up through the winter months with ease. Because of the density, water is unable to seep in so there is no risk of expansion or cracking from within.