Q: Why don’t pavers crack under normal use like poured or stamped concrete or asphalt?
A: Pavers are manufactured with a much higher density than poured or stamped concrete or asphalt and the interlocking technology has greater load bearing capacity. The joints also serve to relieve pressure that would otherwise crack a concrete slab or wreck asphalt, and allow the driveway surface to incrementally move with, rather than resist freeze-thaw cycles.
Q: Will the color of the brick pavers in my driveway, sidewalk or patio, or fade?
A: Using iron oxide pigments, our brick paving stones only fade 2% in the first 2 years and 5% in the next 20 years. Our brick pavers are non-slip, non-skid wet or dry. The color is throughout each stone, so even after years of service, the colors will be consistently beautiful.
Q: What is interlock?
A: 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 to the strength of the pavement system.
Q: Should I seal concrete pavers?
A: Sealing is not essential with pavers, however, liquid sealers are available as an option to help make spills and stains easier to remove. Liquid sealers are applied after the pavers are installed and are cleaned. The sealer soaks into the concrete pavers and into the sand joints, which helps keep the joint sand in place.
Q: Are there other ways to prevent weeds and ants?
A: Joint stabilization sealer (see previous question) can be applied or polymeric sand can be used in the joints instead of course washed sand. Polymeric sand is brushed into the joints between the pavers, then a light mist of water is sprayed over the entire driveway. The water activates the polymers that bind the grains of sand together creating a solid yet flexible joint. Polymeric sand will not wash out of joints and will maintain its bond season after season even in our harsh climate.
Q: How can I bring out the color of my pavers?
A: Paver Enhancers can be applied to give pavers a perpetual “wet look” that brings out their colors.
Q: How do I remove stains and fix damaged pavers?
A: If the stain is on one or two pavers, replacing them with new pavers is the easiest way. Depending on the style of paver, some can simply be flipped over. Another option is to use a cleaner especially made for removing stains and for overall surface cleaning.