Concrete pavers is a favored choice these days for driveways, sidewalks, patios and pool surroundings. Why? Because they look neat and requires little maintenance. Pavers are usually very made to a high standards, and they come with a lifetime warranty for integrity. Concrete pavers come in a variety of shapes, styles, patterns and colors, or you can have it manufactured to your own preference, which gives home owners many choices to create unique interior and exterior of their home. There are a few other benefit of concrete pavers–they are ready to use once installed, unlike asphalt driveways, and one individual paver can be removed or replaced. One paver is small and easy to handle, and no heavy equipment needed for installation.
How to Maintain Concrete Pavers?
One of the best advantages that concrete pavers have is that it is easy to clean and requires little maintenance. Regular sweeping and spot clean are usually enough to keep them clean. Remove weeds if they find their way through the surface. If tree roots, frost heave or settling damage part of the driveway, you can simply remove and replace affected ones.
How Long Will It Last?
If a concrete driveway is properly installed and have your regular maintenance, it can last and keep its good look for the next 25 to 50 years.
How Much Does It Cost?
Due to the availabilities of different styles and size, the costs can vary significantly. The prices usually range from $3 to $ 10 per square foot. Labor is where it costs money, a professional installation job usually run from $30 to $40 per square foot. If you are on a budget, you can save most of the work by installing the pavers yourself.
How is a Concrete Paver Driveway Installed?
Another concrete paver driveway is easy to installed, and you don’t require big heavy machine to get the job done. The first thing you should do while installing a paver driveway is to remove grass and loose soil. Just like any other driveway surfacing material, concrete paver will be firm and perform the best on a well-prepared base. You usually spread compacted sand over gravel or paver base. For a basic driveway, 1 inch of sand over 4 to 6 inches of gravel is adequate. But you should apply a height of 10 to 12 inches for a driveway that will need to handle heavy vehicles. Another important thing you should not forget is the water runoff system. It should be graded in the base.
The next thing is to determine your edge that guides the installation, then you can start laying pavers. If the pavers aren’t exactly what you want along the side, you can use a masonry saw to cut pavers.
Once properly installed, you should use a plate compactor to set them into the sand base. Fill the joints with extra sand and compact it. Compress it with a compactor and add more sand if necessary.