Welcome to our Paver and Pavers FAQ's Section!
A lot of DIY homeowners tend to experiment on things when they handle various paver installation tasks. While there may be times that their efforts are rewarded, there could be instances when the results become disastrous. However, these scenarios can be avoided if they know how to handle and work on the various types of paving materials. Having ample knowledge about paver installation and maintenance will also help in ensuring the success of a paving project. Here are some of the frequently asked questions by most DIY paver installers
Q: What are the different paver types that I can use?
A: Among the most commonly used pavers are brick, concrete, rubber, and natural stones, such as sandstone, granite, slate, limestone, and travertine.
Q: How do I ensure that my paved surfaces won’t move or shift over time?
A: One effective way of keeping your pavers firmly in place is to install a good edging material (called “edge restraint”), such as concrete or metal.
Q: What’s the easiest way of installing pavers?
A: The ideal process goes like this: Clear the area of debris and other hazard. Prepare the base material and the sand bedding, and then lay down the pavers carefully according to your desired pattern or theme. Afterwards, sweep sand over the paver joints to fill them up nicely and then apply sealant.
Paving Stones FAQs
Q: If I’m on a budget, should I choose brick or concrete paving stones?
A: Cost-wise, concrete paving stones should be your choice. Brick pavers generally cost as much as two times the cost of concrete pavers.
Q: I have finished laying down the paving stones and my driveway is complete. Do I have to wait for some time before I can finally use it?
A: Not at all. Paving stone driveways can be used right after you’ve finished installation.
Q: Where exactly can I use the various paving stone materials?
A: Paving stones (both natural stones and concrete paving stones) are highly versatile paving solutions that you can use in your driveway, pool deck, garden steps, jogging paths, patio, walkways, and many others.
Interlocking Pavers FAQs
Q: What benefits will I get by using interlocking pavers?
A: Interlocking pavers are strong and durable materials that can withstand heavy loads and prolonged exposure to changing weather. They are also versatile and extremely decorative.
Q: What should I do if one or two interlocking pavers broke?
A: You simply have to remove the damaged pavers and then install new ones. It’s that easy.
Q: Am I required to use mortar when installing interlocking pavers?
A: Not at all.
Paver Maintenance FAQs
Q: How do I remove efflorescence?
A: There are special cleaning solutions that you can easily apply over your paved surfaces to remove the whitish haze (efflorescence).
Q: How do I prevent weeds from growing between the paver joints?
A: First, ensure that you completely filled up the joints with sand. Next, apply a sealant over the entire paved surface.
Q: My pavers are stained, how do I clean them?
A: There are some excellent cleaning solutions that you can buy and apply yourself. Some products can effectively remove stubborn dust, grime, oil, rust, moss, algae, and skid marks.
Q: I want to remove snow from my paved surfaces, how do I ensure I won’t damage the pavers?
A: Just use rubber edged snow plows instead of sharp edged tools.