Paver patios are fast becoming the patio option of choice for many homeowners looking to spruce up their outdoor living space. There are a number of misconceptions out in the industry with regard to these patios which is why the team here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes wants to take this time to offer our valued clients insight on some important useful facts.
SOME OF THE PROS
Durability and a long lifespan – Pavers, for those of you who do not know, refers to stones that are made from concrete, clay brick or natural stone. Typically, pavers are small pieces that come in a variety of sizes, colors, patterns and textures. The pieces interlock together to create a strong pavement design, one that is often stronger than the concrete foundation of a home. Because of their durability and flexibility manufacturers of pavers more often than not offer a lifetime warranty with their purchase.
Good in any climate – In the cold weather seasons, the ground freezes and thaws hundreds of times causing the ground to expand and contract. In the warmer season this process is substantially less, however, does still occur. Often times when the ground expands and contracts, it will also cause a patio to move. However, with a paver patio, which is installed interlocking piece by piece there are far more seams that are present all along the pavement surface. These interlocking pieces help to maintain the position and integrity of your patio by settling back into each original position when the ground expansion recedes. With that said, when you rely upon the professionals here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes our team of contractors ensure the use of proper construction practices that allow for minimal movement of any type.
Easy to maintain – If repairs are needed to a paver patio whether on top or underneath they are much easier to perform than those of a concrete patio where typically an entire concrete slab has to be replaced. Pavers are very low maintenance. The surface can be cleaned by simply sweeping away debris and if stains are present, by simply using soap and water. There are also a variety of protective sealers you can purchase to not only make maintenance easier, but also protect the pavers from all types of environmental elements.
THE FEW CONS
Cost – The biggest con that comes into play with paver patios is that the initial install can be much more expensive than other patio options. But over time the additional cost is well worth the investment.
Longer time to install – The installation process will typically take a professional team approximately 3-4 days from the onset of the project to the completion where a concrete patio can actually be poured in a matter of hours. That’s where the team here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes comes in. We possess all the experience, knowledge and know how needed to handle the installation of paver patios no matter how big or how small. From removing all dirt and grass, levelling the subsoil, pouring the gravel and levelling the area and installing the bedding sand to installing the pavers themselves, laying out the edging, filling in the joints and cleaning and sealing the patio, we have got you covered.
Can grow weeds over an extended period of time – When a paver patio is installed there are a number of joints involved that are initially filled with sand. Over time the sand can wash away. If the sand is not replenished other dirt, debris and weed seeds can find their way into the joints, causing weeds to grow and consume the pavers. It is important to top off the joints with sand when necessary, to avoid the growth of weeds.
THE PROFESSIONALS YOU CAN TRUST
As you can see from the important facts above, a paver patio may very well be the ideal option for you. If, however, you are looking for more information about these popular patio designs before making any decision, feel free to reach out to our team of professionals here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes who can answer all your questions and offer additional insight. Our team stands ready to meet your every need. Simply give a shout out to one of our staff today and schedule a free consultation. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the best all round patio installs this side of the state!