Did You Know?
Q: What is the difference between "Clay Pavers & Concrete Pavers"?
A: Clay pavers are made with real clay that is mixed, extruded and baked in a kiln at very high temperatures and concrete pavers are made with a special blend of concrete and coloring that is compacted at very high pressures in a special machine.
Q: Which type of paver is better?
A: There is very little difference between pavers in general. The important difference is the maker of the pavers. Paving materials can vary from one manufacturer to next. The qualities that make a paver perfect are its compressive strength, water absorption rate and abrasion index.
Q: What happens if I have to do a repair job below the paving? Does it leave an unsightly patch mark?
A: No, that is one of the long term benefits to installing Flexible paving. Because all interlocking paving is flexible it can also resist cracking. This is especially beneficial in California which has very expansive soils.
Q: What does "Interlocking Paving" mean?
A: Interlocking paving is a misleading term. What actually constitutes interlocking is really a dynamic function containing three different components. They are "rotational interlock" (resistance to tipping) "horizontal interlock" (resistance to spreading) "vertical interlock (resistance to sinking)". So, that means for lasting quality you need good containment, good sub base and proper paver thickness. Thicker pavers for driveways thinner pavers for patios.
Q: After you're done Paving the work surfaces should I Seal It?
A: Yes, it protects it from leaky cars that might leave oil stains and it stays cleaner for much longer if you seal it right away before it has a chance to get stained. Remember when it's sealed it only takes a hose to clean it off. We use breathable type sealers that protect against just about anything.
Q: What can be done to restore ugly faded old concrete?
A: In most situations faded concrete can be renewed by recoloring it using various Tints & Stains.
Myth: Pavers are too costly.
Belgard pavers installed by an Authorized Belgard Contractor have a cost similar to stamped concrete. Landscaping, unlike drapes and other expensive interior additions, can add on average of 15% to your homes' value in curb appeal alone. Belgard Pavers include a lifetime warranty, easy repair, and a valuable unique look.
Myth: I can't drive a truck on Pavers.
Belgard Pavers are actually 3 times stronger than concrete. Belgard Pavers are even used on airport taxi runways and rail box car storage because they are so much stronger and durable than concrete.
Myth: Pavers won't last.
The life expectancy of Belgard Pavers is 40 years with little to NO maintenance if installed by an Authorized Belgard Contractor. The professional installation includes a warranty which is in effect for as long as you own the home.
Myth: Pavers will become uneven.
Belgard Pavers Authorized Contractors include a 5 year warranty for their base work. If a base is installed properly the first time, it is unusual for it to shift much over the lifetime of the pavers. In the event that some shifting does occur, pavers can be easily repaired since they are set in a mortar less system.
Myth: Pavers complicate snow removal.
Pavers laid by an Authorized Belgard Contractor can be cleared of snow with a regular plow or snow blade as the surface will be even. Belgard Concrete Pavers have salt tolerances that make them hold up better than concrete. Snow will melt faster because it can breathe through the joints of the pavers. Water will also drain down so it will be less likely to be slick.
Myth: We have too much freeze and thaw here.
Pavers are actually suited much better than concrete in freeze and thaw since they are flexible like asphalt. In Canada and many European countries that have a similar climate they use little to no concrete since it will crack in freeze thaw climates.
Myth: Pavers are not suited for use around pools.
Pavers around pools are no hotter on the feet than stamped or regular concrete and actually provide a much more slip resistant surface. Pavers allow drainage and some even have a textured surface on top that can be an added safety benefit.
Myth: Pavers allow weeds between the spaces.
Polymeric sand, which takes the place of regular sand has glue in the mix and will not allow weeds, insects or wash-out of sand from between the joints.
Myth: Pavers are difficult to repair.
Many Authorized Belgard Paver Contractors will do small repairs at no charge if the issue is due to their installation. Patterns are usually very easy to follow and you can simply reuse the same pavers. It is actually much simpler than concrete since it is a mortar less system.
Did you know?....
A study cited in Smart Money magazine indicated that consumers value a landscaped home up to 11.3% higher than its base price.
Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200% at selling time. Kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125% recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120% recovery rate, and addition of a swimming pool a 20 to 50% recovery rate. Source: Money Magazine.
A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000. Source: Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers.
Trees can reduce bothersome noise by up to 50% and can mask unwanted noises with pleasant sounds. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Studies conducted by the Human Environment Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign indicate that "Green spaces are gathering places that create close-knit communities and improve well-being - and in doing so, they increase safety.
Top reasons people garden: To be outdoors (44%); to be around beautiful things (42%); relax and escape the pressures of everyday life (39%); stay active and get exercise (35%). Source: American Demographics, Roper Report.
Landscaping can add between 7% and 15% to a home's value. Source: The Gallup Organization.
Homes with "excellent" landscaping can expect a sale price about 6 to 7% higher than equivalent houses with "good" landscaping, while improving landscaping from "average" to "good" can result in a 4 to 5% increase. Source: Clemson University.
In one study, 99% of real estate appraisers concurred that landscaping enhances the sales appeal of real estate. Source: Trendnomics, National Gardening Association.
In one study, 83% of Realtors believe that mature trees have a "strong or moderate impact" on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increases to 98%. Source: American Forests, Arbor National Mortgage.
Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50%, by shading the windows and walls of a home. Source: American Public Power Association.
Trees can reduce temperatures by as much as 9° degrees Fahrenheit. Source: American Forests.
Roadside studies by the University of Washington stated that drivers indicated it was easier to locate roadside businesses when they were framed by trees and vegetation (rather than having this green material removed).
A study by Michigan State University ranks design sophistication, plant size and plant material type as the most important factors in planning a landscape which will help to maintain or increase home value.
A single urban tree can provide up to $273 a year in air conditioning cost savings - as well as pollution fighting, erosion and storm water control and wildlife shelter benefits. Source: American Forests Assoc.