The Proper Way of Installing Pavers

The Standard at Tampa paver is an excellent way to add a splash of color or accent to any yard. Their versatility makes them a great addition to decks and patios. Pavers come in many forms. There are stone, concrete, asphalt, wood, and vinyl to choose from. They can help create paths, driveways, walkways and line the base of pool decks. They also make an attractive focal point in a back yard or front yard. 


Whether a patio or a driveway, you will find that pavers and paving stones of all types are available. The quality of your material will vary depending on the type of material. Sandblasted, fired, and textured pavers are some of the types you will find. A real testament to their longevity, pavers aren’t nearly as durable as granite. However, their natural resilience makes them easily adaptable to changing style needs.

Some homeowners prefer to use thick pavers on driveways and walkways because these offer more stability. Pavers made from cast aggregate stones, such as sandblasting, are considered the best for this purpose. They may be expensive, but they have a long life span and are often worth the cost.

Another aspect to consider when choosing a paving stone is the thickness. The thickness of a pavers surface will depend on the type of stone it is and its application. Sandblasted and fired pavers are generally thinner. Concrete slabs are usually very thick. The thickness will also depend on where the pavers will be used. For example, if used on a sidewalk, they should be a little thicker to avoid making the sidewalk slippery.

The pavers that have a fine to a medium depth of crack are perfect for driveways and pathways. They can also be used to surround pools and fountains. If you want your pathway to have a worn or uneven surface, you can purchase fine to medium grit sandpaper and sand the pavers after they have been installed. The coarse grit sandpaper will also provide a more worn appearance to the pavers. Some people who are uncomfortable with the sandblasting process choose to hire professional stonecutters to create the cracks.

The cracks in pavers can serve to add character to the exterior of your home. For example, if you have a concrete slab driveway, you can pour a decorative paste onto the cracks to make them stand out. If you have pavers with a fine to a medium depth of cracks, you can also use pavers to decorate the edges of your patio.

The amount of crackle in pavers will vary depending on the original installation thickness of your pavers. However, no matter the original thickness, you can always expect the cracking to be more evident as the pavers age. The amount of crackle is often proportional to the age of the pavers. In other words, the older the pavers, the deeper and more pronounced the crackling will be. Many people unknowingly over-crack their pavers because of their lack of knowledge and inexperience with the installation process. Suppose you notice that the cracks in your pavers are becoming more pronounced or louder. In that case, you should consult a reputable paving or driveway contractor to discuss the possibility that the pavers may need to be painted.

There are many factors involved when it comes to selecting suitable pavers for your home. Homeowners often do not think about the base thickness of the pavers when they are choosing the type of material for the base. The base needs to be sturdy enough to withstand years of walking on it. The base also needs to be flexible enough to allow the pavers’ weight to distribute evenly across the ground. If your paver installation is not balanced correctly, you could experience uneven base pressure, unprofessional and unsightly.