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Some Frequently Asked Questions About Hardscaping

Adding concrete pavers to a home, garden, or business is a great investment, both in the aesthetic and financial values of the site. Making a purchase decision and installing the pavers is a serious decision, however, and requires much forethought. Many people have questions about hardscaping installation, design and maintenance – this article seeks to answer just a few of those questions.

Why pick concrete pavers in the first place?

Concrete paving stones can be expensive, especially for large projects, but their value increases over time. They do not need to be replaced or maintained as often as projects constructed from other materials, like stone, asphalt, or poured concrete. In addition, the design, color, and pattern options available far outclass those for other options, providing the home or business owner the freedom to complement his or her home/business design with the design of the paver installation.

What is this white, chalky residue appearing on my pavers? It wasn’t there before!

This is a normal part of the paver process. The white material you see is called “efflorescence,” and occurs as the pavers “age,” especially when they are installed over concrete. It will fade over time. If you aren’t patient to wait, there are commercial cleaners available that will expedite the process.

Will weeds grow up in between the pavers (in the joints)?

Depending on the joint material, this is possible. If the pavers are mortared, or if a special joint material is used, few if any weeds will grow. However, if fine (concrete) sand is used, weeds could grow over time. Sealing your pavers will help prevent this. If you don’t want to seal your pavers, commercial weed killer may help eliminate the pesky plants.

My pavers have developed a dip! What gives?

The one weakness of concrete paver installations is that they settle over time. Your contractor hopefully warrantied your project for at least the first year. If not, it’s an easy fix for you – just pull up the offending brick, reset the base, relay the pavers, and compact.