Frequently Asked Questions

Landscaping is both science and art, and requires good observation and design skills. A good landscaper understands the elements of nature and construction and blends them accordingly.

Hardscape, in the practice of landscaping, refers to the paved areas like streets and sidewalks, large business complexes and housing developments, and other industrial areas where the upper soil profile is no longer exposed to the actual surface of the Earth. The term is especially used in heavily urbanized or suburban areas with little bare soil.

Why Pavers?
Many people have asked the question, "What advantages will brick pavers give me over wood decking, stamped concrete, concrete, or asphalt?"

Life-Cycle cost savings:
When you consider the cost of maintenance and replacements of other types of pavement over the long term, brick paving is more economical. Over the live of concrete pavers, the initial higher cost is more than recouped through the longer product life, lower maintenance costs, less repair, no cracking, and no sealing or stripping costs.

  • Pavers have 2.5 times stronger compression than concrete.
  • Pavers can withstand up to 40 years of wear, tear, and the elements.
  • Repairs are easy and relatively inexpensive.
  • Pavers are the most cost efficient medium compared to decks, concrete, and asphalt paving.
  • Pavers never crack or heave in slabs like concrete, making them more cost efficient after 3 to 4 years.
  • Pavers cost less than 6% of other surfaces after 10 years and less than 28% after 30 years.
  • Pavers are slip resistant.
  • Pavers remain cooler than other surfaces in the summer and do not burn your feet.
  • Pavers come in all varieties of sizes, colors, and textures.

More strength, life & durability:
Strength and durability were the reasons why pavers have been used for thousands of years in Europe, dating back to the Roman Empire when streets were constructed with cobblestone pavers. As a testament to their engineering and durability, those same streets are still being used today. The high density and p.s.i. of the products, added to a low absorption rate of less than 5% means both pavers and stone retaining wall products resist destructive oils and salt scaling, common on most concretes and asphalt, and provide the characteristics needed to sustain heavy loading. There is no doubt about the durability of concrete pavers. They are often used in streets and industrial parking lots where heavy machinery cracks ordinary concrete slabs. Pavers withstand abuse by flexing, rather than cracking, under pressure. They are ideal for regions that go through freeze/thaw cycles because the joints of the segmental paver system move and flex. Individual pavers absorb heaving and movement without cracking. Inch for inch, pavers are stronger and more durable than conventional paving material. Pavers also maintain a minimum p.s.i. rating of 8500, which is three times as strong as the average house foundation and compared to cement which withstands 3000 p.s.i. The compression strength of concrete pavers is quite impressive.

Developing Indestructible Pavers:
Approximately 65 years ago, Canada began seeking a road material that could withstand the freeze and thaw cycles of their harsh winters. Their solution was to manufacture interlocking pavers and use them as an alternative to asphalt, concrete and Terratex surfaces. Since then, paving surfaces have become a popular choice throughout North America.

Made to the strictest guidelines:
The process combines enormous pressure and high vibration to mold a special mixture of concrete into a paver. Pavers have beveled edges to facilitate water run off. Their uniform size provides extreme accuracy during installation.

Pavers can be easily removed and re-installed to allow for underground access or fixing a low spot. When adding lighting or lawn sprinklers this is a huge advantage over the rest.

Skid Resistant:
The textured surface of pavers offers excellent traction for pedestrian and automotive traffic areas as well as pool applications. Pavers are skid resistant both wet or dry.

Cool surface temperatures in warmer weather:
Due to the segmental design of concrete pavers, they remain cooler in warmer temperatures and climates than asphalt or poured concrete. This feature makes pavers ideal for parks, patios, swimming areas, and other recreational areas.

Immediate Use:
Pavers require no curing or waiting period before use, therefore they can be used immediately after installation.

Aesthetics and Design Flexibility:
There is nothing that will add such a visual impact to any area of your home or business as brick pavers or walls. They can compliment the color and texture of a building, and add value to any property. Pavers are a wonderful alternative to plain concrete or asphalt. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures and can be installed in an endless number of patterns and designs. They are perfect for patios, walkways, driveways, and pool sides.

How much will paving stones settle?
As long as the base rock prepping is done correctly no settling should occur. The prepping stage is the most crucial step when working with pavers. For a patio or walkway, we typically install a minimum of 4 to 6 inches of 4/11 rock base and screenings, and for driveways 8 to 12 inches. The base is then compacted to 95% relative compaction. If any settling does occur, it will most likely happen within the first year. Repairing a low paver is very simple where as concrete is destined to crack under the same conditions with no way to repair. Remember, a structure of any kind is only as good as its foundation.

Will weeds grow through my pavers?
No, weeds will be unable to grow through the compacted rock base. Weeds may arrive from airborne dirt that may settle in the joints of the pavers. A pre-emergence herbicide treatment will keep those weeds from growing. However, the use of the newly developed product, Polymeric Sand, weeds don’t stand a chance. The products composition hardens when dry and keeps seeds from germinating. When wet the sand softens and allows water to pass through before returning to a solid state..