All About Pavers
Stone pavers is a general term used to describe a broad range of natural stone pavers. The stone pavers are usually cut and assembled for sale specifically as pavers.
Stone pavers don’t involve the manufacturing processes typically used for concrete and brick pavers where the paver is made of a combination of materials being mixed, pressed and fired
There are many different types of stone pavers that are available including granite, limestone, marble, flagstone, sandstone, bluestone and slate. Each has its own unique properties that will make some of them suitable for particular applications and not others. For example granite pavers are very strong and would be suitable for driveways, while marble would not.
Stone pavers are defined by their thickness – usually 30mm and over whereas stone tiles are typically 8 – 20mm in thickness. If the paved areas are used for human traffic only and not expecting cars or anything heavier to drive over 30 mm thickness should be fine. Otherwise 50 mm thickness is advisable.
Benefits of Pavers
Pavers’ combination of strength, resilient abrasion resistance, and flexibility deliver highly durable, crack-proof pavement able to handle all types of wheeled traffic and pedestrians with very low maintenance requirements. Areas surfaced with pavers are immediately useable, guaranteeing a quick process of any application and contract jobs, which is especially important when resurfacing highly populated areas.
Pavers can be removed and reused without visual or structural changes to allow access to utilities or to change soiled sections of paved areas.
Pavers offer an economical long-term alternative to other types of pavement. They can be laid in almost any weather condition and require no grouted joints, mortar (other than perimeter reinforcement), and concrete sub-base or curing time.
Limestone paving is a great alternative to clay and brick paving due to its unique characteristic for not retaining heat. In other words, no more burnt feet.
Paving stones are installed over a compacted stone sub-base and a levelling bed of sand. Instead of connecting the pavers by pouring grout between the joints as one would with tiles, sand particles are spread over the pavers and tamped down.
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