Paver with circle kit. Done in Belgard Mega Bergerac in Bella color
Paver with circle kit. Done in Belgard Mega Bergerac in Bella color

There are many types of hardscapes to choose from when designing your outdoor project. Pavingstone is a wonderful option due to its appeal and longevity. It has many great advantages over other types of hardscapes that make it an ever increasing choice for residences and businesses.

What are they?

The stones are individually shaped pieces that vary in size. They can range from 2”x4” all the way up to 24”x”30”. There are many, many manufactures all over the country. Due to it’s weight it is often too costly to try and ship pavingstone from distant cities or states. So almost all of the pavingstone that is installed is locally made and delivered.
The stones are individually shaped pieces usually ranging in size from a 2”x 4” on the small side to large pieces that are 24” x 30” on the large size. The pavingstone is usually made from a concrete mix that has very low moisture content which makes the concrete very strong. They are also heat treated which helps control how the concrete cures and again creates a very durable paver.

How are they installed?

A properly installed pavingstone project starts with the demolition or removal of the existing surface or soil. It has to be excavated deep enough to allow for installation of the proper amount of material. On a typical residential project you will go down 8-9 inches from where the top of the pavingstone will end up.
After removing material you grade and compact the soils first. Then over the soil you install a Class II Roadbase. This base creates a firm foundation for the pavers. This base needs to be of a consistent depth and the top is screeded for an even surface.
Then you install a one inch bedding sand layer. This is screeded even as well. Then on top of the sand you install the pavingstone. This is worked out to the edge where you install borders in concrete which hold the pavers from moving left and right.
After this main part is done. You compact the pavers again seating them into the bedding sand. Then you install joint sand over this and compact again. You then clean and water test for proper drainage and you are done.

Maintenance

Pavingstone generally requires very little care. A great advantage with pavingstone is that individual pieces can be removed and replaced fairly easily. This is impossible with other hardscapes where repairs are usually noticed after it is done.
For example, if you have a sewer line that runs under a pavingstone driveway that now needs to be replaced, you can do it without permanently damaging your driveway. Simply remove the pavers, do the work and then replace them. No one will ever know. The same goes for roots that may have grown under the driveway and are starting to lift the stones. You remove the pavers, cut the roots and replace.

Sealing

There are sealers for most types of hardscape and pavers are no different. If you seal the pavers you usually get several benefits.

  • The sealer helps reduce fading effects. Almost all types of materials (roofs, walls, paints) fade in the sun. The color in the pavingstone is no different. It can after a time lose some of its original color. The sealer helps block out rays of the sun combined with oxygen and reduce the bleaching.

  • The sealer of course helps seal the pavers from oils and other stains. Sealers are not however stain proof, they are stain resistant. Depending upon the age, environment and quality of the stain, the resistance effect can vary. Sealers usually give you a little more time to get to a stain and remove it. The longer a stain remains on a surface the more likely it will set in.

  • The sealer helps lock in the sand in the joint. Most pavingstone sealers are joint stabilizers too. They bind the sand particles together and create a firm sand joint almost like a tile grout.

Durability

Pavingstone is probably the longest lasting hardscape you can install. Almost all other hardscapes are a fixed hardscape. It is either a type of concrete slab or is fixed on a concrete slab. This makes them susceptible to earth movement. Pavingstone being individual pieces set on a firm sub structure allows them to flex with earth movement. Therefor they will never crack and all manufactures offer a lifetime warranty on the material.
Picture Build will also offer a lifetime warranty on the labor of the paver installation. The color of pavingstone is locked in better by the process used to cure them at the manufacture. So the color does not bleed out in some of the ways that a colored concrete surface can. Between the two warranties you can feel confident that your pavingstone installation is built to last.