- How long do pavers last?
- What does interlock mean?
- Will freezing and thawing damage pavers?
- What’s the difference between joint sand and polymeric sand?
- Can fabric designed to prevent the growth of weeds be used instead of the geotextile fabric?
- If pavers need to be removed for below grade repairs, can I replace them afterwards?
- Will pavers be slippery?
- Can dirty or broken pavers be replaced?
- Are there disadvantages to sealing paver pavements?
How long do pavers last?
Paver patios and driveways last approximately 30 years, which is much longer than other pavements under normal residential use.
What does interlock mean?
In short, it’s the inability of a paver to move independently of its neighbors. It’s the locking of the pavers that causes loads to be spread over a wider area of pavers than where the load was applied. It’s the key strength of the pavement system.
Will freezing and thawing damage pavers?
No, damage from ice is virtually non-existent. The joints allow the pavers to move without cracking in freeze and thaw cycles.
What’s the difference between joint sand and polymeric sand?
Joint sand is the cheapest and most commonly used material between the pavers by most companies/installers; however, it can easily be blown out from the joints or washed away from rain. Polymeric sand has a bonding agent and as it gets wet and dries the sand bonds hardening the sand, preventing any loss of sand as well as helping in the prevention of weed growth. If the bond were to crack, a little water would soften the sand, allowing it to reform solid again. Modern Remodeling, Inc. exclusively uses polymeric sand on all of our jobs.
Can fabric designed to prevent the growth of weeds be used instead of the geotextile fabric?
No, because this material is not as strong as the geotextile fabric and can tear easily.
If pavers need to be removed for below grade repairs, can I replace them afterwards?
Yes. Unlike other pavements, concrete pavers can be easily removed and reinstalled without any visual or functional changes.
Will pavers be slippery?
No. Their surface texture is ideal for obtaining safe traction in pedestrian, vehicular, and pool applications, even when wet.
Can dirty or broken pavers be replaced?
Yes. Replacing them with new pavers is the easiest way. Depending on the paver, some can be flipped over rather than replaced. Many suppliers of concrete pavers offer cleaners especially made for removing stains and for overall cleaning of the surface.
Are there disadvantages to sealing paver pavements?
Yes. Since there are transparent, paint-like coating sealers, they generally need to be reapplied every three to five years. More intense use of the pavers and extreme climates often increase the need for re-applying a coat of sealer. Sealing pavers trap in the naturally forming efflorescence.