Solid interlocking paving stone has the unique ability to transfer loads and stresses laterally by means of an arching or bridging action between units. Spreading the load over a larger area reduces the stress. Thereby allowing heavier loads and traffic over sub grades which would normally require heavily reinforced concrete.The solid interlocking units are available in an array of colors and patterns which lend themselves to the creation of interesting designs.
In addition to breaking the monotony of a flat paved area, concrete paving stone can be used to permanently mark such areas as parking bays, traffic lanes and crosswalks.
Concrete paving stone offer an ecological solution to the increasing concern for the environment because pavers place the moisture from rainfall back into the earth rather than letting it run of as waste. This is especially true when the open type stone is used. The use of paving stone makes the repair to utilities beneath paved areas quick and easy. Paving stone area simply removed before the works is done and replaced when finished. Solid interlocking paving stones are available in different thicknesses ranging from 2-3/8" to 4" (50mm to 100mm).
out footpath etc. A variety of hues and textures allow you to have unlimited possibilities to both compliment and enhance the natural beauty of any surrounding while being friendly to the environment.
Below is a list of the advantages that pavers have over many other types of solid surface products use for paving. When making a choice between your alternatives, give pavers a good look. The initial cost may be higher but the long-term cost will usually be and advantage.
The many shapes, patterns, and colors of 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
Suppliers stock rustic stone-like pavers to hose that look like clay brick. Light colored pavers offer a cooler surface around patios and pool decks.
INITIAL PAVER INSTALLATION COST
Cost savings can be achieved for small and simple projects by homeowners installing the pavement themselves with the aid of a good DIY installation manual, usually provided by the manufacturer of the paver products. Generally, concrete pavers are less expensive than clay pavers, granite pavers or sandstone 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 generations. One of the greatest advantages is that a segmental paving system allows for expansion and contraction without producing surface cracks, unlike solid concrete surfaces and stamped concrete.
EASY TO REPAIR
Remove and reinstate the same pavers with no ugly patches after repairs to the base or underground utilities. Asphalt, concrete, and stamped concrete cannot make this claim. Pavers are low-maintenance and offer low life-cycle costs.
One of the other good advantages is that stained or broken pavers can be easily replaced without patches. Dark colored pavers can help hide stains. Ants and weeds in joints can be prevented with sealers or herbicides. 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. Regular sweeping and occasional rinsing are usually the most maintenance needed. For heavy soiling, pressure washing with appropriate clearing solutions (re-sanding of joints will be necessary) or a simple spot treatment with a brush, cleaner, water and some elbow grease will solve the problem.
Pavers can also be sealed. This makes the even more maintenance free and this is a good idea for high traffic areas or areas that are more susceptible to getting stained.
Because pavers have a porous joint between them, they provide excellent drainage. The water can seep down through the joints and into the ground. Ecologically, this prevents water runoff, which may damage the surrounding areas. Water goes into the ground not into the sewer system.
WINTER DURABILITY & SNOW REMOVAL
Snow can be plowed, blown or shoveled just like asphalt or concrete pavements. The chamfered (beveled) 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 work well under concrete pavers, eliminating snow removal while reducing slip hazards. Smooth surface allows for easy snow removal. Pavers can be colored dark to help melt snow faster. Snowmelt systems can be installed to eliminate snow and ice removal. 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 trafficked immediately upon compaction. The joints between the pavers eliminate the cracking common with traditional asphalt and concrete pavements.
Interlocking concrete pavers are a flexible system and allow for movement, they are almost indestructible, the pavement system moves in unison with the earth’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, streets, golf cart paths and even roof gardens. 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 even when the pavers are wet they are safe to walk or drive a vehicle over them.
When deciding on constructing or refurbishing a driveway, patio, or walkway, one of the main decisions a homeowner will encounter will be what type of material to use for the project. Should you pour a standard concrete slab? Use asphalt or crushed gravel? What about interlocking concrete pavers?
We would like to break it down to help explain the benefits of using interlocking concrete pavers over other material.PrimeCrete with their aesthetic appeal, variety of designs and colors, and strength, are the perfect choice for your next paving project. Here are some of the reasons why:
1. The Durability of Concrete Pavers
The physical properties of the RCP Bella Vista interlocking pavers allow for nearly 4 times the load bearing weight of a standard concrete slab, (Approximately 8000psi compared to 2000psi of some concrete slabs). This high strength of the concrete pavers allows for heavier loads and longer life than that of standard concrete or asphalt. When looking at the durability of asphalt surfaces it must be noted that they have only moderate strength and will break down with traffic over time. With gravel, due to the fact that it is not permanent, it will require regular filling and therefore does not provide a durable, long-lasting surface for such applications as driveways, pathways, or patio areas.
2. The Flexibility of Concrete Pavers
Concrete Slabs Will Crack
The flexibility of an interlocking concrete paver system allows for adjust to the environment as well as avoiding seismic distortion and cracking. In the case of concrete slabs, there is a lack of flexibility which will lead to shrinkage and cracking over time. Although somewhat flexible, the same is true with asphalt as it will crack over time and soften with high temperatures. The flexibility of concrete pavers over other paving materials add to the longevity of the concrete paver system, providing you will a long-lasting paving option.
3. Repair and Maintenance of Concrete Pavers
Repair and maintenance of interlocking pavers is simple, easy and affordable. If for some reason a paver becomes damaged or stained, you simply need to remove the offending paver(s) and replace it with a new paver(s). Repair and maintenance of concrete slabs and asphalt are more complicated. Stains and cracks to concrete slabs and asphalt lead to expensive and time consuming resurfacing projects which will likely occur multiple times over the lifetime of the paved area. As far as gravel areas, they must be filled in frequently. Over time and with use, the surface will become uneven.
4. Concrete Pavers are Easy to Maintain
Keep pavers looking like new by sealing them with one of the many concrete sealers sold at RCP every 12 to
18 months, depending on how much traffic the area receives. It also may be necessary to add joint sand to
your interlocking concrete paver area every so often to replace any sand that has been swept or washed away.
5. Aesthetics of Concrete Pavers
When using concrete, asphalt, or gravel as a paving material you are limited by color choices, styles, and receive a low visual appeal. PrimeCrete provide you with countless combinations of colors, patterns, styles and finishes assuring the uniqueness of your project. This variety assures that your paving project will stand out from all the rest.
The beauty, strength, flexibility, and economic aspects of RCP Block & Brick’s Bella Vista Interlocking Concrete Paver products make them a wise choice for any paver driveway, patio paving project, paver pathway, Courtyard, or pool side hardscape applications. We hope you will choose concrete interlocking pavers for your next project.