Why Choose Pavers over Stamped Concrete?
When you’re looking for a beautiful and colorful pavement solution for a patio or a walkway, pavers and stamped concrete are both usually high on the list of options. While you can achieve great results with stamped concrete, pavers have some clear advantages that make them a superior choice.
- Speed of Installation
While pavers might require a bit more prep work on the ground before they are laid down than stamped concrete, once the pavers are laid and joint sand is brushed in, they are ready to go, safe to walk on, and able to support loads. Stamped concrete on the other hand needs almost as much surface preparation, and then, once it is poured, still needs to be shaped and needs days to cure to full strength.
When you install concrete, control joints have to be cut in the surface to minimize (not eliminate) cracking. Contractors do their best to hide these joints in the pattern stamped in the concrete, but that’s not always possible. Here and there, you’ll be left with lines cutting across the stamped pattern. Using discrete pavers, on the other hand, creates a pattern with control joints built into.
- Low Maintenance
All concrete will eventually crack. Repairing it requires jackhammers and concrete patching. If that concrete is colored and stamped with a pattern, the difficulty is multiplied when trying to get the patch to match up with the original design. Pavers require less maintenance and when is a rare problem, you can generally just replace the problem pavers. It costs less and blends back in seamlessly.
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Paver Maintenance. When properly installed, interlocking concrete pavements have very low maintenance and provide an attractive surface for decades. Under foot and vehicular traffic, they can become exposed to dirt, stains and wear. This is common to all pavements. These steps include removing stains and cleaning, plus joint stabilization or sealing if required. Stains on specific areas should be removed first. A cleaner should be used next to remove any efflorescence and dirt from the entire pavement. A newly cleaned pavement can be an opportune time to apply joint sand stabilizers or seal it.
In order to achieve maximum results, use stain removers, cleaners, joint sand stabilizers, and sealers specifically for concrete pavers. Concrete pavers can act as a zipper in the pavement. When the need arises to make underground repairs, interlocking concrete pavements can be removed and replaced using the same material.
Unlike asphalt or poured-in-place concrete, segmental pavement can be opened and closed without using jack hammers on the surface and with less construction equipment. This results in no ugly patches and no reduction in pavement service life. In addition, no curing means fast repairs with reduced user delays and related costs. The process of reusing the same paving units is called reinstatement. This Tech Spec covers how to reinstate or “unzip and zip” interlocking concrete pavement.
“I am very pleased with the results of the work done by Ocean Pavers. I have a small but rather odd shape yard making it difficult to visualize how it would look. We made a few design modifications after discussing what I wanted and now my patio and yard looks great! We mixed the pavers with some artificial turf and wow! The job was done in just 2 days. Deiter was very accommodating and followed up in completing some small details such as replacing a sprinkler riser and making sure everything was as it should be. His crew were very efficient and hard workers. I highly recommend Ocean Pavers.”
Designing Crosswalks with Pavers
This article gives HOA’s and cities many options with paver crosswalks and the advantages of pavers over asphalt and painted lines. This is also a traffic calming solution for busy streets within HOA’s or city streets.
Pavers vs. Concete & Asphalt
This article gives you the advantages of pavers over concrete and asphalt with a detail cost analysis.
Article: Twenty Years Later
Dayton, Ohio boasts of famous inventors such as John Patterson who in 1884 developed the cash register (now NCR) and Charles Kettering who in 1906 perfected the automobile self-starter (now Delco). Dayton’s most notable inventors are the world-famous Wright brothers who successfully flew the first heavier- than-air machine in 1903 and set into motion the aircraft
industry. Besides such notables, Dayton has places well known by locals and by some outsiders. Such places include the U.S. Air Force Museum for military aircraft enthusiasts and Esther Price Candies for chocolate lovers.
Article: Paver Installation on Steep Driveways
Designers, contractors and homeowners often ask what’s the maximum driveway slope for concrete pavers? The best example of a steeply sloped project is a street with an 18% grade in Colma, California. While there might be driveways and streets with steeper slopes, the Colma project provides the current upper limit in North America at 18%. Figure 1 shows this street which was reported in the November 2001 issue of Interlocking Concrete Pavement Magazine.
Article: New Directions in Traffic Calming
Old School: Traffic Calming as Punishment
Getting drivers to slow down and yield to pedestrians has always been a challenge in residential and commercial business districts, especially when paved with conventional asphalt. The quick municipal fix to residential traffic calming often is posting three- or four-way stop signs at intersec- tions. A slightly more committed approach involves inflicting some pain on the driver (and passengers) by installing jaw- jarring speed bumps. Sometimes a kinder approach is taken by installing lower and longer speed humps. When painted, alert drivers notice the humps and slow down. Non-painted bumps and humps surprise the driver like a slap in the face.
Article: Paver Installation Tips
The November 2004 Contractor Focus covered bedding sand installation and mentioned checking the compacted base surface tolerance for ± 3/8 in. (10 mm) over 10 ft (3 m) straightedge. Upon meeting this surface tolerance, bedding sand is placed and screeded without compaction to a uni- form 1 in. (25 mm) thickness. With the compacted base and uncompacted bedding sand in place, the pavers are ready for installation.