Paver Patios and Driveways
Pavers can convert often overlooked areas into the perfect outdoor space for entertaining friends and family.
What are Pavers?
Pavers have evolved greatly over the years from basic brick style units to products with styles that have the appearance of flagstone, marble, granite, or cobblestone. They also come in many different sizes, colors, and shapes.
Innovation has also allowed manufacturers to create additional products such as cut stone, travertine, and other exotic stone products that can match the aesthetic look for any pavement project.
Paver products are so versatile and affordable, that they are also being widely used for residential projects such as patios, walkways, pool decks, and step areas for optimal aesthetics and structural integrity. Pavers are so structurally sound, they can be utilized for vehicular applications such as driveways, roadways, and even airport runways.
A New Era of Building Stone Technology - Interlocking Pavers
In the ’70s and '80s, customers were left with very few options in wall stones and stone pavers. Retaining wall stones were a gray 4″ thick tongue and groove concrete looking block. Another option was the so-called Life Time 6×6 or 6×8 timber walls. Neither product was durable. The gray stone walls have been rebuilt by owners, over and over again, only to see them fall over.
Landscape timbers, over 10 years old, have decayed and turned into a breeding ground for termites. paving stone used for driveways and patios were clay or soft 4×8 brick which cracked and fell apart.
In the ’90s, a new wall and paver stone was introduced by various companies. These products are called “Interlocking Segmented Retaining Wall Systems” and “Interlocking Paving Systems”. They have been engineered and constructed to outlast products of the past. The engineering and architectural community has approved these products which are demonstrated by their use in every type of project. They can be seen around shopping malls, schools, parks, and residential homes. Interlocking wall systems have been constructed 50′ to 100′ supporting various landmasses and buildings.
A well-constructed wall or paver system will always be a significant selling point to a future homeowner instead of a sticking point when closing a home deal. A cracked driveway or a retaining wall ready to fall over could mean “Buyer Beware”.
For years, most consumers in this part of the country have been sold on asphalt or concrete for patios, driveways, and walkways. For the most part, building contractors have left them with little or no other option. Concrete is cheap. Asphalt is cheaper. Pavers are more expensive. All of this is true.
Builders have used concrete because it is fast and it looks good to the buyer. Plus, it keeps the cost of the house down. You really can’t blame the builder, can you?
Here’s what you need to know:
2 - 10 Years
In 90% of all installations, there is NO guarantee.
Maintenance: this is what contractors don’t tell you: Concrete must be sealed often, and a good sealant is expensive. Expansion joints will need repaired. Once the bituminous joint filler has deteriorated, Epoxy filler is required. Spaldingoccurs due to salt. Concrete does not like salt. Salt damage occurs when salt meshes and passes through the pores in the concrete and reaches the rebar of reinforcing steel. Patching products stick out like a sore thumb. Driveways look like a checkerboard.
One 10′ x 10′ slab can cost $1,000 dollars to remove and replace...and you now have one new white slab that does not match the older discolored concrete.
2 - 10 Years
Maybe 1 year.
Poor (cracking, settlement)
High. Requires sealing yearly and if settlement occurs, it is difficult to repair.
30 to 50 years
3 to 5 years
Excellent – since pavers are installed over a stone base that can move rather than crack.
No maintenance for the life of the paver
Repair would only be necessary if an area would settle due to excessive excavation. Paver can be lifted and reset, restoring the area back to original beauty. Stained pavers can be replace or cleaned easily.
Pavers come in many architectural shapes which must meet ASTM C936 (standard specification for Solid Concrete Interlocking Paving Units)
Customers can be assured that an interlocking paver driveway will outlast concrete or asphalt 10 to 1.
What can I use pavers for?
Outdoor Living Spaces
Patio Pavers can be used to improve the functionality and appeal of your outdoor patio and deck flooring in a variety of ways. Aside from creating a more solid and reliable flooring surface, you can have a much more visually appealing aesthetic that integrates with the current ook of your home.
Patio Pavers are available in numerous materials that can be both highly economical and attractive.
The pool can be one of the most important features of your property. It serves as an oasis after a tiring workday or a refreshing break during the hot and humid Pittsburgh Summers. In many cases, unfortunately, the area around the pool is often an afterthought. When it comes to improving the safety, beauty, and functionality of pool areas, your choice of pool pavers is a vital factor.
Fortunately, there are a lot of exciting options that you can choose from. Aside from the extensive number of paver types, there are also a plethora of designs, patterns, and themes to choose from.
Walkways & Entrances
Walkways aren't just a functional feature to keep people moving, they also add to a property’s curb appeal. The design of your walkways will become an integral part of the overall aesthetic. This is why a walkway’s design is a critical consideration. But aside from the design itself, it’s also vital to consider the type of walkway pavers to use for various outdoor areas and uses.
Driveway Pavers have become a popular choice for homeowners over the last decade. Pavers are more visually attractive than traditional driveways, such as concrete, asphalt or gravel. Though the costs are higher upfront, the end result will be well worth the added expense.
Driveway Pavers are available in various materials and colors that can still be highly economical yet appealing. The most important factor is that they will have a much longer life than cheaper, traditional materials due to their strength and durability, especially under heavy vehicular loads.