Regardless of the entrance, the patio seating area, the walkway or the pool platform, concrete pavers should be considered as an alternative material option in any landscape design. There are many reasons why they occupy a large part of the landscape flooring market, and here we discuss what the advantages are.
Concrete pavers have been used in many commercial applications to simulate the appearance of bricks, and have now evolved over the years to simulate the appearance of real stone. Thanks to mixtures of colours and textures, designers can now use concrete flooring in applications that require an economical alternative to the use of real stone.
The concrete paver cannot compete with real stone, such as limestone flooring or random slab, but it is considered by several factors. Let’s see why concrete paving materials are so popular and why manufacturers offer more and more variations in their basic design.
Packaging machines come in a variety of patterns, textures and colours, from modern patterns to combinations of units that mimic European pebbles. As they are melded, you can create not only bricks but also textures such as round stones or pieces of the cut slab.
A baler is usually a smaller unit and can be placed to follow the ground. They can be installed directly on the land contour. When the driveway falls and the slope rises again, the paver looks natural on the ground. A horizontal section is not required, such as when the wood is used.
Very low maintenance
Unlike wood or real stone, concrete paving materials do not crack or react to water absorption. If it is not sealed to prevent water from seeping, the wood will rot. Real stone is vulnerable to constant moisture. The baler absorbs water but does not change its unique structure. They do not detach or weaken due to the presence of water or moisture.
Naturally accumulated waste should simply be cleaned or detached. Sealant application is optional and not mandatory. Sealers are often used where packers want to take reinforced tones. As the concrete paver is porous like natural stone, the sealant resists stain absorption.
The cobblestones do not crack
The pavement material has no cracks compared to ordinary concrete. The unique design allows flexible movement due to the many dry joints between the individual packing materials. Poured concrete is not used for installations, only compressed aggregate and sand base. Corner brackets can be packaged along the periphery with special plastic corner brackets designed specifically for concrete or paver.
Tiles, stones, slabs or other materials that must be installed on concrete slabs can cause cracks in the lower slab. Cracking concrete without stones on concrete can cause cracks. Expansion joints are intentionally poured and placed in concrete applications to allow these natural cracks. Unfortunately, concrete does not always crack along the expansion joint. And when it is invisible, it can spoil the overall appearance.
The cost of the packing material is reasonable
By comparing the cost of alternative floor surfaces, we can see that the packing material is in the middle of the available options. Materials such as fine travertine or slab are on top along with the finest wood or composite wood. At the bottom of the landscaping floor option, there is base gravel, loose pieces of slag are placed in the sand and then the natural grey base concrete is poured, so many entrances and sidewalks use the natural grey base concrete.
But to slightly increase the budget and get something that looks completely interesting compared to the concrete base, it is better to use paving materials. Decorating the base concrete by adding colour or adding aggregate to the texture increases the total cost, but there is still a risk of cracking.
Improve innovation through Paver technology
The styles and shapes that are currently sold in the market give designers the flexibility to imitate the appearance of natural stone. The travertine quarry is generally 6 “x 12” and has cut limestone of sufficient thickness to be used instead of a concrete paver. Other natural stones do not help to cut this way. However, the travertine paver is popular for applications where natural stone is preferred and the budget is slightly larger than the concrete pavers.