ARE PAVE STONES AS STRONG AS CONCRETE?
They’re stronger. A typical concrete driveway is rated between 2,500 to 3,500(psi), and pave stones are rated at 8,000(psi). Also, being a modular system, paving stones will not crack because of ground movement which is why pave stones come with a lifetime warranty against cracking.
HOW MUCH DO PAVERS COST?
Like concrete, paving stones range in their cost. A standard cobble stone installation can cost anywhere from $6.50 per square foot to $12.00 per square foot depending on: Stone selection, access, project size, existing soil conditions ect. Paving stones are typically in-line with some of the nicer stamped concrete patterns offered through a legitimate concrete company.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT COLORS AND PATTERNS TO CHOOSE FROM?
Yes. Pavers come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, shapes and textures. You may pick a rectangular cobble stone in a single color to be installed in a simple, clean herringbone or running bond pattern, or, you may choose a 4 stone combo package to be installed in a true random pattern with a triple color blend to tie in different color pallets around your home. The options are many, and Panjia can help you design your paving stone project to maximize it’s potential.
SHOULD A BASE MATERIAL BE INSTALLED UNDER THE PAVE STONES?
Yes, a base material should be installed. Some companies will tell you that the native soil in your areas is a strong sub-base and you can install the pavers over it without issues. This is not recommended, in fact, most paving stone manufacturers’ warranty’s become void if a sub-base is not installed beneath the pavers. Panjia usually installs 4 inches of Class II road base, and in some cases, where there is a high clay content, will install 6 – 8 inches of base with a geotech fabric to separate the base from the native soil. You may check http://www.icpi.org for their recommendations for sub-base preparations.
DO I NEED TO SEAL MY PAVERS?
No, it is not necessary to seal pavers but it is recommended. Sealing your pavers will not make the color more vibrant and stand out more, it will also slow down the fading process and help protect against some stains. Another benefit of sealing your pavers is joint stabilization Using a joint stabilizing sealer will effectively lock the sand into the pave stone joints which will protect against joint sand washout. A joint stabilizer will also help reduce the germination of weeds in the paver joints.