If you are renovating your home or you are doing construction on your property, you must know that the appearance of the front of your house is as essential as the interior, as it is the first impression that people can have of your home. There are many materials to build your driveway, such as gravel, asphalt, and perhaps concrete. Even though these materials can be practical and way more inexpensive, they still do not compare to a paver driveway.
Driveway paving stones are much more durable than materials such as asphalt, and they are easier to repair and maintain. As a homeowner, your goal is to look for an excellent company to help you install quality concrete driveway pavers.
If "Where can I find paver installation companies near me?" is in your browser history, you can stop searching now. At Hawk Block Masonry Gilbert, we are ready to assist you as soon as you need us. Contact us by calling our phone number or fill out the form for a free quote on your project.
What Is a Paver Driveway?
Sometimes, people confuse a brick paver driveway with a travertine driveway. However, they are far different from each other. The individual units of a block paving driveway are a dry concrete mix of cement, sand, gravel, and some pigments, which manufacturers put into molds of different shapes and sizes to create a range of styles you can choose. These pavers are capable of resisting at least 8,000 pounds per square inch of pressure, while standard poured concrete is only capable of withstanding about 3,000 pounds per square inch of pressure. Manufacturers provide people with more durable and permeable driveway pavers, creating an elegant and much stronger entrance for their vehicles.
Benefits a Paver Driveway Can Bring You
Having a paver stone driveway can bring you many real benefits while standing out from the rest of the houses in your neighborhood, thanks to its elegant aesthetics and utility.
Here is a list of a few utilities and benefits that a paver road for your entrance can bring to your home:
Enhance The Looks of Your Home
As we said before, having a brick driveway is crucial to making a first impression. But why is that? Well, the majority of luxury houses have a herringbone driveway in their front entrance. Even if your home is not that luxurious, having a paver installation gives people a high-class feel. Concrete pavers come in many shapes, colors, and sizes, so they have excellent design flexibility. Achieving modern driveway pavers' designs is simpler than you might think. Workers manage to accomplish these looks by interlocking driveway pavers. However, brick pavers can work well in almost every home design due to their uniformity.
Easy to Maintain
The best part of installing a concrete paver driveway is that it only requires a little maintenance routine. By often sweeping it rinsing with water, it should keep it clean enough for a while. If weeds find their way across the surface, you only have to remove them as soon as they appear. Generally, you can remove stains with only a concrete cleaner; however, you can always check with us for recommendations! You can also protect the surface of your concrete pavers from degrading over time by applying a sealer regularly.
However, if you need maintenance beyond cleaning, you can always call our team at Hawk Block Masonry Gilbert and ask them to assist you.
One of the main differences between concrete pavers and other materials is their surprising durability. It is possible thanks to the innate strength of the material. Many homeowners prefer installing a permeable or pervious driveway. When a team of professionals assists you in placing your permeable or pervious pavers, they can withstand even the worst weather conditions such as rain or hail and do not take any damage.
Make the right move and contact Hawk Black Masonry Gilbert to get the best pavers for driveway.
Our Process of Installation
Firstly, before you read our step-by-step explanation of the paver driveway installation, remember that only qualified personnel can perform this entire process. Otherwise, you are more likely to have to call in experts to help you with repairs in the future.
That said, whether you are planning to install concrete, brick, stone, or rubber pavers for a driveway, the professional workers at Hawk Masonry Gilbert should always follow similar instructions. Even though concrete, brick, and stone are the most common paving driveway materials, many homeowners, especially those with children, prefer to install rubber pavers to keep them safe.
Here is the step-by-step explanation of our paver driveway installation process:
Step #1. Planning the Process
Before installing pavers over concrete driveway, workers need to plan where they should place all the pavers and then calculate if there is enough space for them. Next, they draw their planned area and form the shape of what is going to be paved. Next, they mark or paint the figure approximately 8 inches outside of the drawn area.
Our team must keep in mind that the area must have a slope that allows water to run off and prevent pooling or puddles that could damage the pavement.
Step #2. Estimate of the Number of Pavers Needed
During the planning, our team measures the width and the length of the area they have to pave to calculate the square footage of the entire place. However, we always recommend buying at least 5% or even 10% more than the pavers you need. It allows our team to cut pavers to fit on curves and replace some of them if damaged. Despite that, the amount always depends on the shape and size of the pavers you choose.
Step #3. Excavation
When they already know the estimated number of pavers they need, our team can start excavating after establishing the exact height the pavers must reach. Every 4 feet, our team must slope down 1 inch to allow water drainage. Place stakes around the parameter and mark the stakes with the descent of the slope. Then they must tie a rope to the stakes to indicate the height level they have to follow. To calculate the total depth for the excavation, workers should consider elements such as the inches the base needs, the sand bedding, and the pavers' thickness.
Step #4. Base Material Placement
In this part of the process, our workers have to lay out the base material. Usually, the base material consists of crushed rocks and gravel. These crushed rocks have different sizes and sharped edges that ease compaction. Using crushed stones or gravel that still have a bit of moisture, the compaction process is way easier. Our team must lay out the base material at an appropriate thickness for the intended use, which depends on the subfloor base material and the weight to lay it on the paved area.
Step #5. Spread the Bedding Material
Our team places a layer of sand to serve as bedding over the compacted base material before laying down the pavers. This layer is where the paving stones must later be laid. The sand bedding also serves as a protective layer for the sand joints to make sure they do not erode. The ideal base material is usually raw washed concrete sand or granite stone powder. However, our suppliers can recommend the appropriate type of sand you should use for bedding purposes. Otherwise, if you choose an incorrect type of sand for bedding, it could not work well.
Step #6. Paver Placement
Finally, they have reached the placing part of the process. At this moment, our team starts laying down the pavers in the design you planned before. When placing the pavers, they must be careful to lay them close together. Sometimes workers have to cut the pavers with a mechanical splitter to fit the curves and edges. If you are supervising this part of the process, remember to wear safety glasses. After placing all the pavers, they use a mechanical plate compactor to help lay the pavers on the sand bed.
Our workers then proceed to sand the joints by sweeping sand over the surface to fill all the joints and lock the pavers in place. Later they finish the installation by sealing it with a sand binding sealant.
Step #7 Maintenance
The last step is to do maintenance to the surface; this part of the process consists of basic cleaning. It is necessary to do regular cleaning and sweeping of the pavers. However, you might require re-sealing your pavers regularly to avoid stains and maintain their color and appearance. There are many products available in the market created to do maintenance to these surfaces specifically.
Now you know all that is necessary to install your dreamed paver driveway. That driveway renovation you want for your home is just around the corner; the only thing you have to do is calling our phone number or fill out the form for a free quote on your project! At Hawk Block Masonry Gilbert, we want to be your trusted paver driveway contractor.