What is a Concrete Paver?
A concrete paver is a dry cast paving brick. Concrete pavers come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and textures. Concrete paver applications range from residential patios to city streets. The possibilities are endless.
What are the advantages of Concrete Pavers compared to Asphalt and Poured Concrete?
Concrete pavers when installed properly are a flexible paving system that won’t shift or crack. If ever stained, the dirty pavers can simply be removed and replaced. The variety of sizes, shapes, and texture add an amazing aesthetic appeal to any project that you simply don’t get with poured concrete and asphalt.
Do I need to seal my pavers?
We always recommend sealing your paver surface. Sealing your concrete pavers will help protect against both fading and staining. There are several brands of sealer designed specifically for concrete pavers. There are also several different types of sealer. They come in solvent based and water based and offer a variety of “sheens”. There are “hi-sheen”, which gives your pavers a wet look; and “low-sheen” or “satin” which are described as invisible. It is good to look at sealer as a way to protect your investment in your home.
What can I do about stains on my pavers?
Stains will occur on your paver surfaces, especially if they are not sealed. There are several stain removers designed specifically for concrete pavers. Each remover is typically designed for a specific type of stain. Typical stains are: tire marks, wine, grease, paint, and stucco or mortar. If a stain remover doesn’t remove your specific stain, don’t worry. Pavers are a modular system. It is fairly simple to remove the stained pavers and replace them with new clean pavers. Remember, sealing your pavers helps to protect your investment.
What is the white residue on my pavers and how can I get rid of it?
The white buildup on your pavers is called “efflorescence”. It can be thought of as rust for concrete. It is a buildup of calcium oxide that collects on the top of the paver as a result of moisture leeching through the concrete. Don’t worry. Efflorescence is not permanent. It typically appears in fall, winter, or early spring. It can typically be removed with a stiff bristle brush. Don’t use a wire brush. If a stiff brush doesn’t work, check with your local paver dealer about efflorescence remover – a gentle acid that helps break up the residue.
Can I install pavers on top of concrete or asphalt?
Yes. Concrete pavers can be installed over existing surfaces under the right circumstances. First the integrity of the substrate must be sound; no crack, heaves, or dips. Second, mind your clearances. You need two to three inches of vertical clearance to install over existing surfaces. Thin pavers can also be used to retrofit your property under the right conditions.
What is a heated / hydronic driveway and what are the benefits?
Heated and hydronic driveways are ideal for heavy snow areas. They virtually eliminate the need for snow removal for the entire heated surface.
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