FAQ’s

Q: What are the advantages of pavers over poured or stamped concrete?

A: Pavers offer a variety of advantages over poured or stamped concrete. Pavers offer a wide variety of colors, styles, and shapes. Pavers can offer a more aesthetic way to compliment any landscape. Additionally, concrete pavers are comprised of densely formed concrete to meet the needs of highly used areas without compromising the integrity of the patio, sidewalk, or driveway. Lastly, pavers are segmental and interlocking. The advantage of this factor over stamped concrete or poured concrete is that it allows for movement in the earth without cracking the structure of the paver system. Unlike a poured concrete area, a paver system, if damaged, can be fixed with ease. The damaged area can be removed and replaced with little to no evidence of repair.

Q: How much will it cost to get concrete pavers?

A: Every job is unique. Price can vary based on the amount to be torn out, to the type of paver, to the amount of material needed, to the amount of cuts that need to be made. The best way to find out is to discuss your unique project with one of our professionals.

Q: How do you install concrete pavers?

A: The standard process of install interlocking concrete pavers involves the following steps:

  • Remove Existing Concrete (if any exists)
  • Prepare Ground for Installing Pavers (Excavate Soil/Grade/Level/Compact)
  • Install Base (4″to 8″ of base rock and screed 1″ base of sand)
  • Install Edge Restraint (Either Pave Edge/Snap Edge or concrete footing)
  • Layout Pavers (Install pavers, then saw cut around borders, circles and blockouts.)
  • Plate Vibrate #1 (Plate Vibrate sand into the pavers.)
  • Sweep Sand (Sweep excess sand to get into the joints.)
  • Plate Vibrate #2 (Plate vibrate sand into the pavers.)
  • Clean Up (Clean up and wash down.)

Q: Does the price of the project depend upon my pavers selections?

A: Yes, the total price of the project can change based upon your selection of pavers. Before preparing a formal estimate, Sol Pavers will help you in deciding what pavers are best suited for your project, and the estimate will incorporate the cost of your selection.

Q: Can I walk/drive on the concrete pavers as soon as they are installed?

A: You can walk and drive on the pavers as soon as they are installed. Unlike concrete, there is no waiting period for the area to cure.

Q: How do the pavers interlock?

A: The term “interlock” comes from the friction of joint sand between pavers. This interlock provides pavement superiority in a multitude of ways. The pavers distribute traffic loading over a greater surface. The pavers remain flexible and can withstand minor and major movements of the native soils. Maintenance and repairs (if required) are simplified because no mortar is used in the installation process.

Q: Can I install pavers on my existing concrete or asphalt?

A: In a simple answer, yes you can but under certain criteria. If the condition of the existing pavement is in poor state (major cracks, settling etc.) it may be a better solution to start over and build the base system up properly. Also, do you have enough threshold clearance to accept a 2 3/8 thick paver plus the 1” sand bedding course? Another consideration is how you will adjoin the pavers to meet other existing pavements (garage surfaces, sidewalks, etc.). If you find your existing pavement meets these conditions, then pavers can be installed on your pavement with a few modifications to the installation process.

Q: Do pavers need to be sealed?

A: No, sealing is just an option. But sealing the pavers does have some advantages. Sealing your pavers will make clean up of stains easier, help prevent vegetation growth, and will darken and brighten the color pigments in your pavers.

Q: Do weeds or grass grow in the joints?

A: If the pavers were installed properly, with the recommended materials and installation methods, you have created a sterile environment to allow weeds to grow through the pavers. There will still be times when seeds can blow into the top of the joints and start growing in any organic material that has built up in the joints. If this happens, you can normally pull them out very easily or remove them with a topical weed killer spray.

Q: What is the white stuff on my pavers?

A: Occasionally, some pavers may have a whitish residue upon them. The whitish colored residue is called efflorescence. Efflorescence is a natural by-product from the cement hydration process and can be found in any concrete or mortar product. Calcium oxide inside the paver reacts with water in the capillaries and forms calcium hydroxide. This seeps to the surface, and reacts with the carbon dioxide in the air to form calcium carbonate, a whitish residue. When moisture on the surface evaporates, the white efflorescence becomes visible. If efflorescence is present, it will wear off over the course of time with traffic and the elements.

Q: Will my pavers ever crack? What can I do to prevent them from cracking?

A: Unlike concrete, pavers will almost never crack. Pavers are 8000 psi (3-4 times stronger than concrete, stone or asphalt). Pavers will never crack or chip unless abused, but over long periods of time, there can be some settling/shifting. JT’s Landscaping prepares the subgrade to the ASTM standards to restrict any shifting/settling.

Q: Can I use pavers on a driveway?

A: Yes you can! The most important part of installing pavers on your driveway is your base material preparation. Ensure that your base material is compacted and you use a good edge restraint, and you should have a sturdy enough paved surface for vehicle use.

Q: Can I use pavers around the pool?

A: Yes. Pavers are very appropriate for around pool areas, for they provide a slip resistant surface, making it a safer environment. The moisture and water is soaked up by the sand in the joints, rather than being left to create a slippery surface. Pavers also provide a cooler surface to walk on than concrete!

Q: Are there other ways to prevent weeds and ants?

A: We use polymeric sand in the joints instead of coarse 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.