Pavers Pittsburgh, PA The landscaped areas on your property see a lot of wear-and-tear. They have to bear the brunt of climatic changes, the UV rays of the sun, moss and mildew formation etc. The driveways and walkways also have to deal with foot and vehicular traffic. This is why it’s crucial to use the highest quality materials in these spaces. It ensures they will be able to bear all these things and will be long-lasting too.

Different Areas Where Pavers Can Be Used

Our company is focused on providing customers high-grade services; we source only the best materials and use the best workmanship in every project large and small. In most of our landscaping jobs, on our recommendation, our customers have opted for paving stones in installations for:

  • Driveways
  • Pathways
  • Walkways
  • Poolscapes
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Patios
  • Entranceways
  • Porches
  • Garden steps

Benefits of Using Pavers in Landscaping

You can choose from brick, natural stone or concrete pavers. Many of these are interlocking units and the installation is done on compacted 2A limestone and a thin layer of sand. The task is a specialized one, but the actual installation is quick. It is recommended that the pavers are sealed once every two to five years depending on the type of sealer used and the amount of traffic and deicing agents seen by the surface. There are a number of benefits to using pavers, such as:

  • They are very versatile and as you can see, they can be used in almost all the outdoor spaces on your property
  • There is a large variety of designs, colors and textures to choose from, and this helps create a very unique look on your property
  • As mentioned earlier, the installation is considerably quick which also reduces the overall cost of the project
  • They are low maintenance features and regular pressure-washing is all that’s required to keep them looking new
  • Repairs are easy as only individual units have to be replaced in case any damage occurs
  • Strong and long-lasting
  • Adds value and curb appeal to your property
  • Extremely cost-effective flooring option for outdoor spaces

Pavers Versus Concrete

Concrete is a rigid pavement that works on the principle of using a structure (or layer of concrete) to protect the soil subgrade. The load is spread by the concrete to bridge any soft spots in the soil. Concrete is a durable material; however, it requires time (typically three to five days) to cure before bearing the load of any traffic. Over time, poured concrete cracks and deteriorates due to shrinkage, dynamic loads and weather. In contrast, interlocking pavers have joints or ‘cracks’ that contribute to the strength of the pavement. These joints make for an easier repair of trouble areas with no damage to the surface after the reinstatement of the paving units. Pavement consisting of pavers is also immediately ready for traffic upon completion of installation.

Pavers: A Cost-Effective Long-Term Solution

Interlocking pavers spread a load of traffic across the base material. They can move with minor movements in the base without cracking. This gives them a distinct advantage over asphalt and poured concrete. Asphalt and concrete can crack more readily should the base move from loads or settlement. They can also crack from expansion and contraction due to changes in temperature.

Pavers and asphalt both fall under the category of flexible pavement systems and they distribute wheel loads in a similar manner to one another, however pavers are more durable than asphalt. Interlocking pavers offer higher resistance to abrasion, freeze-thaw cycles, de-icing salts, concentrated loads and to spilled oils and gasoline. (source: ICPI Manual)