Tools you will need include a shovel, wheel barrow, stakes, string, level, compactor, paver saw, rubber mallet and hammer. These tools can easily be found at any hardware store or rental outlet. Once you assemble the tools you will need to measure the area that is going to be covered by pavers. These dimensions will help you estimate the amount of materials you will need when you pick up your pavers, gravel and sand. While waiting for your materials to be delivered you can start prepping the area that is going to be paved. Check you measurements carefully, taking into account a few inches extra on each side.
Interlocking pavers are available in different colors and you can choose a color that goes well with the other shades of your outdoor decoration. Common colors which are available with interlocking pavers are, red, tumbled terracotta, moss, gray charcoal, stone, tumbled cream brown, etc.
The installation of these pavers is quite different from the normal installation. On a flat surface, aggregate base and sand is the bed. For steps, a concrete foundation of the stoop is installed first. The pavers are then added later as a ‘veneer’ to give the stoop its character. Mortar may be used to have the pavers adhere to the surface. Because this process is a ‘wet’ process, requiring the pouring of concrete and mortar, it is not an easy one for the inexperienced homeowner to try. This is especially important due to the safety issues of steps – it must be done right in order to prevent tripping hazards. Thus, be sure to hire a mason or pavers contractor to get the work done right the first time.
The good news is that if you are considering pavers for your home and you want to remodel an existing concrete surface, your job cost will be less than if you want to build something new. This is where the cost benefit of going with a thin paver versus a thick paver comes into play. To learn more about thick or thin pavers and how they can help beautify your home, contact Park Avenue Pavers today.
There are two basic kinds of products when sealing pavers. They are Film Formers and Penetrants. The Film Formers affords major protection against the adverse action of water and other elements of contamination. These sealers lend a shiny finish to the surface, making it far more attractive and long lasting. However, film formers are effective only for the top few layers. Penetrants easily seep through the numerous pores on the surface and reach even the bottom most layers. They are water as well as stain resistant. They provide protection against the deteriorating influence of water and other elements of weather over a period of time. They afford durability and longevity to the surface.
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