Should I use a sealer on my pavers?
Normally the reason for using a sealer is to prevent the concrete from absorbing to much water and the freeze thaw cycling can crack or spauld (when the top layer of your concrete peals off) your concrete. But Pavestone pavers are manufactured to a high density standard that allows no more than 5 percent water absorption which will prevent the problem with freeze thaw. The only reason for using a sealer on pavers is to deepen the color. If you choose to use a sealer just remember that you will be setting yourself up for maintenance because they will have to be resealed once every one to two years depending on the traffic.
Does the water drain through the sand around the pavers?
No, the water does not drain through the sand around the pavers. If they are installed properly, you will only get a little bit of seepage for the first few weeks but after that the silts and dust in the air will seal that off entirely. So you need to build in a natural slope to your paver project for water run off. Typically it is recommended that you allow for a slope of 1 inch for every 8 to 12 feet of paving away from your home. This should be enough slope to carry the water off naturally.
Can I use concrete pavers near a tree? Will it hurt the tree?
On an established tree, if you’re not raising the soils around the tree by any more than a couple of inches, it shouldn’t hurt the tree. Well established trees normally get their water from underground sources. Solid poured concrete can actually suffocate a tree by not letting the roots breath but using concrete pavers allows the transfer of air to the tree. Do not pave over the dripline of a newly planted tree.
How hot are concrete pavers if I use them around a pool as a pool deck?
Concrete pavers won’t be as cool as a cool deck, but it will be the next coolest thing that can be used instead of cool deck. In fact cool deck isn’t as cool as it used to be because of the requirement to remove the asbestos used to give it some of its coolness. Concrete pavers, being individual pieces won’t build up heat like a solid sheet of concrete and the heat will tend to dissipate between each stone making pavers a cool product to use around a pool. One cool tip is to always use light colors for a pool deck.
Can I put concrete pavers over a driveway that is cracked in several places?
If the cracks in your driveway have started to drop or heave too much, which means that it doesn’t have much reinforcing steel, it is recommended that you break out the old driveway before you lay your pavers. If your cracked driveway is still basically flat then you can use it for a base for your pavers. Any minor dips can be filled with concrete mix before screeding your sand. You should mortar set the Holland Stone paver in a soldier course (placing the Holland Stone side-by-side in the mortar) all around your perimeter border. Then screed your 1 inch of sand bed for your field pavers. After your sand bed is screeded you can lay your pavers and compact them into the sand bed. Next you would throw a light layer of sand on the field pavers and compact it one more time to complete the lockup. Once that is complete you should sweep sand into the joints and then sweep off the excess and your job should be complete.
How many pieces of Holland Stone does it take to do a square foot of paving?
It takes approximately 4.6 pieces of Holland Stone to make a square foot of paving. Each pallet has 480 pieces of Holland Stone on it that should cover about 103 square feet of area. Pavestone has developed a Materials Project Estimator that should help with the calculation process. The calculations for various projects are already figured for you. Many of the popular project sizes have been calculated and are available on this website.
How many pieces of DecoraStone™ does it take to do a square foot of paving?
It will take approximately 3.5 pieces of DecoraStone™ Standard for every square foot of paving that you need to do. Each pallet of DecoraStone™ Standard has 350 pieces on it and will cover 100 sq. ft. of area. DecoraStone™ is a unique shape.