Benefits of Using Interlocking Pavers
The benefits of Interlocking Concrete Pavers versus other paving solutions are numerous:
- A large variety of paving styles
- Multitude of color possibilities
- Create your own design
- Low cost, low maintenance
- 30 year + life expectancy
- No cracking
- 3 times stronger than poured concrete
- Perfect for freeze-thaw conditions
- Pavers move with soil conditions
- Fast installation
There are many design options available for interlocking pavers. Whether you choose a hexagonal, herringbone or diamond design, there is something to suit all individual tastes. Interlocking pavers can create a casual or formal design depending on your style. They are also available in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, with a thickness that depends on the type of application.
The many shapes, patterns, and colors of interlocking concrete pavers allow for design creativity, as well as delineation of pavement areas, such as parking lanes, cross walks, and intersections. The beauty of pavers adds value and visual appeal to any property. By adding flexibility not possible with rigid pavement, pavers can flow with existing landscaping to deliver beauty to any property.
Many Shapes and Colors
Our suppliers stock rustic stone-like pavers to those that look like clay brick. Color can be used to match a theme or for practical purposes. For example, light colored pavers offer a cooler surface around patios and pool decks.
Initial Paver Installation Cost
Generally, interlocking concrete pavers are less expensive than other types of pavement or even other types of pavers such as granite pavers. When considering maintenance and replacement costs, pavers offer an economical long-term alternative to other types of pavement.
Concrete pavers are extremely dense units which possess exceptional strength and durability, superior stability under severe loads, and are unaffected by the extremes of heat and frost. Each unit has joints that allow for a small amount of movement without cracking. Factory made pavers last for decades.
Manufactured to tight dimensional tolerances, pavers are stronger than regular poured concrete surfaces and more durable than black asphalt. They can take more abuse and last for many years. An interlocking paving system allows for expansion and contraction without producing surface cracks, unlike monolithic concrete surfaces and stamped concrete.
Easy Repair and No Cracks
An interlocking paver system is so easy to repair. They can be lifted and replaced without much hassle at all, unlike having to repair a concrete slab, where you would have to demolish it and start over again. The maintenance costs involved for this reason are very low.
Not only are interlocking pavers easy to repair, but the likelihood of them being damaged is slim. Each unit has joints that allow for movement, so the chances of cracking is very rare. Remove and reinstall the same pavers with no ugly patches after repairs to the base or underground utilities. Asphalt, concrete, and stamped concrete can't make this claim. Pavers are low-maintenance and offer low life-cycle costs.
Broken pavers can be easily replaced without patches. Ants and weeds in joints can be prevented by using the proper type of sand to fill in the joints between the pavers. Pavers can be repaired by lifting the affected area, re-grading and re-compacting the base and bedding sand and reinstalling the same pavers. It is an inexpensive procedure that leaves no unsightly repair patches.
Pavers are easy to maintain. When properly sealed, a regular sweeping and occasional rinsing are usually the most maintenance needed. For heavy soiling or stains, pressure washing with appropriate clearing solutions or a simple spot treatment with a brush, cleaner, water and some elbow grease will solve the problem. If you prefer, you can also take advantage of our Paver Maintenance Service.
Winter Durability & Snow Removal
Snow can be plowed, blown or shovelled just like asphalt or concrete pavements. The chamfered (bevelled) edge of pavers will prevent you from catching an edge with the plow or shovel. Using de-icing products like salt or calcium chloride will not harm or pit the pavers. Electric or liquid snow-melting systems can be installed under pavers, eliminating snow removal while reducing slip hazards. Pavers can also be colored dark to help melt snow faster. Concrete pavers resist deterioration of freezing and thawing cycles and deicing salts better than asphalt and better than ordinary poured in place concrete.
Pavers can be used in any climate and can be walked or driven on immediately upon installation. The joints between the pavers eliminate the cracking common with traditional asphalt and concrete pavements.
Interlocking pavers are designed with ridges on the wall of the paver. During installation special jointing sand is used between the pavers. When installed correctly, the sand creates the interlock, and the pavers will not shift or sink. They can withstand being walked on and driven on, without buckling. This makes interlocking pavers a very strong and sturdy surface material.
Interlocking concrete pavers are a flexible system and allow for movement. They are almost indestructible, and the pavement system moves in unison with the ground's usual tendency to swell and contract over the long term, thus avoiding any serious damage.
Pavers can be applied in both residential and commercial settings, including surface coverings for driveways, parking lots, promenades, sidewalks, pool decks, patios, and walkways. Interlocking concrete pavers are a sensible and aesthetically attractive choice for all outdoor surfaces.
On both vehicular and pedestrian applications, pavers have a non-skid surface, and even when the pavers are wet, they are safe to walk or drive a vehicle over them.
Easy Water Management
There are permeable interlocking pavers, where vegetation is planted between the grid systems. These pavers allow the re-use of storm water back into the grounds, rather than back into our streets and drains.
Call Gateway today for your free consultation on the use of intelocking pavers for your next landscape project.