Paver Hardscape is unlike tile or bricks as there is no mortar. LMC's preferred vendor is Belgard Pavers. Our process results in excellent craftsmanship.
A typical job will require the following:
- Excavate area or install a support wall, depending on the application
- Install base material, wet material and compact this material
- Install a thin layer of construction sand and level
- Install pavers
- Sweep in a silica sand that acts similar to mortar
Our finished product is able to withstand 8000 psi, allowing pavers to be driven on. Unlike brick pavers or decks, Belgard pavers can also handle outdoor kitchens and hot tubs. Deck framing and concrete without proper steel reinforcement cannot withstand this kind of weight or pressure.
Please visit the Belgard.com website to see the variety of pavers, porcelain tile, the many textures, colors, applications, and products available.
More than any other form of hardscape, pavers enhance the architectural texture and value of your home.
Pavers VS Concrete
Concrete and pavers are similar in their chemistry, but thats about as far as it goes.
Both Concrete and Pavers are made of cement, aggregate, sand and water, and can be found in a variety of colors.
Essentially, Pavers are concrete. They are individual Interlocking Concrete paving stones. However, pavers are typically manufactured to have a PSI rating between 6000 psi and 8500 psi. This is for pavers between 2.5" thick and 3 -1/8" thick. Compare that to most 4" concrete driveways and patios that only have psi ratings of 3000 psi to 4000 psi. I have even seen contractors really cut corners and only pour concrete rated at 1500 psi! As the homeowner, you never what is coming out of the redi mix truck.
The preparation for concrete and pavers should be completed the same way. Whether installing pavers or concrete, the area should be excavated approx 8" down to allow for the 4" of compacted base and either 4" of concrete or the bedding sand and the pavers.
There are 4 basic guarantees for concrete:
1) It will turn grey
2) It will get hard
3) It will crack
4) Nobody will steal it!
Concrete cracks. Concrete does not dry, the water actually cures out of the concrete by way of a chemical reaction. As this happens, the volume of the concrete shrinks a little bit and it cracks. This is why there are man made joints in the concrete, to try and make the concrete crack in the joint, where it is not seen.
Pavers are typically cured in the factory with extreme heat, to essentially bake out the little amount of water used in constructing them. It is very rare that pavers break over time.
Poor soils, drought, flooding, poor base compaction all cause settling. When settling occurs under a concrete slab, it is not often noticed until the concrete moves and/or breaks. When this happens, there is no way to repair the area without leaving a noticeable "patch". No two mixes of concrete will look the same.
However, if any settling occurs under pavers, it is immediately noticeable and can be easily repaired, leaving no trace of any damage or signs of repair.
Also, pavers offer the ability to add on, later in the future, without leaving a noticeable difference between the old and new.