Frequently Asked Questions

What is Efflorescence?

Efflorescence is a whitish powder-like deposit, common in concrete and masonry products that normally will disappear over time with weathering.  Although it may present an   aesthetic concern, efflorescence will not affect the structural performance of pavers or wall systems.

What is the difference between cement and concrete?

Although the terms cement and concrete often are used interchangeably, cement is actually an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is basically a mixture of aggregates and paste. The aggregates are sand and gravel or crushed stone; the paste is water and Portland cement. Through a process called hydration, the cement and water harden and bind the aggregates into a rocklike mass. This hardening process continues for years meaning that concrete gets stronger as it gets older.

What is the difference between a brick and an interlocking paver?

Bricks are made of fired clay.  Pavers are made of colored concrete molded into various shapes.

What makes interlocking pavers the best choice for driveways, walkways and patios?

Unlike asphalt and poured concrete, pavers are virtually maintenance free and do not need to be regularly sealed or replaced. Pavers are about three times stronger than regular poured concrete and have a maximum water absorption rate of only 5%.

Why are they called interlocking pavers?

It is the system that makes them interlocking. When installed properly, the combination of pavers, bedding sand, Paver-Edge Restraints and joint sand create
the interlocking that provides a unified, flexible pavement.

Can I use interlocking pavers around a swimming pool?

Absolutely! Pavers not only will add beauty to your pool surround, they also provide a slip resistant surface to walk on.

Can the edges of the interlocking pavers be curved?

Yes! Thanks to our highly trained installation crew, your interlocking paving stones are easily cut and shaped to fit any design, including curves!

What keeps the paver borders from shifting?

A concrete edge beam is installed around the edges of your patio, deck or driveway to protect the interlocking pavers from lateral movement.

If a paver gets chipped, can it be replaced?

Yes, easily. We recommend that you save a few pavers from your initial installation, just in case you need to replace some.

Will weeds grow between my pavers?

Weeds and grass between pavers occur when seeds or spores lodge in the joints between pavers. They will not grow from underneath. This can be minimized by using polymeric sand or applying a sealer.  If weeds do appear, a spot vegetation killer can be used and will not damage the pavers.

What is polymeric sand?

Polymeric sand is swept into the cracks then moistened to make it harden. Once the polymeric sand is installed, it will keep any grass or plant from seeding in the cracks of the pavers.

What are the benefits of sealing my pavers? How long do I need to wait before I apply a sealer?

Sealers help resist stain and may enhance the color.  Some can also bind the sand in the joints to make it difficult for weeds to germinate.  As a rule of thumb you should wait at least six months to allow any efflorescence to appear.  Prior to the application of any sealers, the pavers must be cleaned with an appropriate cleaner to remove dirt and efflorescence.

What should I use to melt snow and ice on my pavers?

Any chloride products. Please be aware that any Sodium (rock salt) or calciunm will remove snow and ice but will harm pavers and most concrete surfaces if used excessively.

Can I shovel and plow my pavers?

Pavers can be plowed and shoveled just like asphalt, concrete and any other pavement materials. A plow blade with a rubber edge is recommended when needed.  Do not use sharp objects to chop ice as they can damage the pavers.