Summary On Concrete Pavers
The main core mixing ingredient to concrete paver products is portland cement with other materials including; certain aggregates, sand, water and an additive of iron oxide pigments to change the cement mixture to a specific color. The mixture is placed in shaped moulds for the casting process. There is a vast majority of different shapes, sizes, styles, textures and designs that manufacturers can produce. Some manufacturers can even custom make a certain paver shape/style to suit your individual decor requirements.
Concrete pavers have excellent durability, versatility, strength and decorative values. They are often used for residential, commercial and community pavement applications. There two main features are the functional attributes for a sturdy and safe directional pavement for foot and vehicular traffic and the other is for their decorative appeal in enhancing external areas to look stylish, add overall beauty and character. Another benefit to concrete pavers is for their foot traffic safety purposes, as turf areas can be unlevel and get quiet slippery especially if grass is wet.
Concrete Pavers Applications For Residential Settings
For residential settings, you can feature pavers in any external area you choose despite the size and the shape, even for those who have limited space there will be a suitable paver to suit such small areas, that’s how versatile and flexible they are. The following are some of the more popular applications where many home owners tend to highlight external floor spaces with concrete pavers:
- Pool areas
- Barbeque Areas
- Entertaining Areas
The greatest advantage of featuring concrete pavers in any of the above residential applications will transform the look of the exterior presentation from lifeless and unattractive to oozing with style, elegance and charisma.
Concrete Paver Shapes
There are several concrete paver shapes to choose from and it’s the shape that basically determines the laying pattern design, so choosing the correct shape is a vital aspect to the area size, the area shape and the laying pattern design you want to create. If you are unsure in which paver shape to choose, seek professional advice from a landscape designer for their expertise and advice. The following list is some of the more favourable concrete paver shapes that are used for residential settings:
- Rectangular Shapes
- Square Shapes
- Circular Shapes
- Octagon Shapes
- Oblong Shapes
- Triangular Shapes
- Half Circle Shapes
- Diamond Shapes
- Zig Zag Shapes
- Fan Shapes
- Hexagon Shapes
- Keyhole Shapes
- Irregular Shapes
Concrete Pavers That Mimic Natural Stone Pavers
With so many choices in concrete paver shapes, colors, styles, finishes and achievable laying patterns, this enables many design possibilities ranging from the look of classical, traditional, contemporary, modern to old world charm. There are even concrete pavers that are specially produced to have the exact appearance to natural stone pavers; you wouldn’t even know the difference. What makes them look so real, is the cement mixture is placed in a natural stone mould to cast pavers with the rough surface appearance to mimic natural stones such as: sandstone, bluestone, limestone, granite and flagstone. This alternative is a more cost effective way then purchasing natural stone pavers.
Concrete Paver Sealing Products
A professional landscaper installing pavers will always apply a couple of coats of sealant product. For those DIY home owners who have opted to install pavers themselves, its imperative you apply a few coats of a top quality sealant product. What a sealant product provides is paver surface protection from: wear and tear, weather conditions, the safety of being a non slip surface, eliminate weed growth and not allow sand to wash away in between paver joints. Another benefit to sealant application is the color of pavers will not fade as the sealant locks the colors in, stains will be a lot easier to clean and they also add a shine to the entire pavement.