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Concrete Pavers are another creative means of decorating

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Concrete pavers have been around since the 70′s. They are pre-cast concrete blocks in many different shapes. These paving stones come in a variety of colors and can be set in a wide variety of patterns.

These stones were developed in Europe. They are called interlocking because they are stacked side by side in an interlocking way.

Is there a difference between Concrete Pavers and Clay Pavers?

Yes . Here are the differences between clay vs. concrete pavers. Clay pavers are only available in certain colors, and one shape (Hollandstone – Rectangle). Whereas Concrete paving stones are available in a wide variety of shapes, and colors. Clay is more likely to chip or crack. Concrete is not. Clay is more likely to hold the original color. Concretewill have a tendency to fade. This is not actually the case. What really happens is when the top layer of the cement wears off due to traffic, more of the aggregate (stone and rock) shows through, thus giving the appearance of fading.

Concrete Pavers are another creative means of decorating

In my opinion the advantages of pavers over concrete or asphalt are as follows: They are extremely strong. (Usually 8000 psi, as opposed to concrete 2500-5000 psi) They are resistant to fading. They do not require a sealer after installation. (However I would recommend it)

How are these Paving stones installed?

Step 1.First the sub-base is removed and a 2-3″ bed of sand is spread out and compacted by a compacting machine. Note: The better the compaction of this base the more likely the pavers will not move, settle, or sink.

Step 2. A layer of concrete is placed as an outside border around the entire surface to be paved. This creates a box where the pavers will be placed.

Step 3. The clay, or concrete paving stones are placed on the concrete frame and allowed to set.

Step 4. Once the border is set the rest of the pavers are placed inside the frame and cut to shape on the edges.

Step 5. A small compactor is run up and down the surface allowing the paving stones to vibrate and lock into place.

Step 6. Sand is spread over the surface acting as grout, and holding everything into place.

Concrete Pavers are another creative means of decorating