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Frequently Asked Questions


Can I use pavers over my old concrete patio?
Yes, you can as long as the existing patio is in good condition. There can be cracks in the old patio as long as it is still level and has not “heaved” up in any areas. Concrete makes a great base for our products. You will still need to retain the border of your field pavers. Since you will not be able to stake in an edge restraint around it, a heavy-duty silicon based construction adhesive is recommended. Use this on the bottom of your border stones only to adhere it directly to the existing concrete.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Any time you are overlaying an existing patio it is important to recognize how much room you have between the existing patio and the threshold of your door. Our typical paver is 2 3/8 in. tall. There has to be enough room for you to overlay the patio without raising the new level above your door’s threshold. If a typical paving stone will not work for you, check with your local dealer about ordering thinner overlay pavers.

Are pavers strong enough to drive a car on?
Yes, our pavers are commonly used for streets, parking lots, developments and roadways. Our pavers exceed the industry standards for strength and low moisture absorption. However, just like any pavement, proper subgrade and sub-base preparations are required.

Can you make curves with pavers for round designs?
This is possible with products. The best way to handle curves is to outline your curve with a border stone like Holland. Then place as many whole pavers as you need up to the border stone. Next, cut the pavers to fill in the leftover gaps, using a guillotine splitter or diamond blade wet saw, which are both relatively inexpensive to rent. For more precision cuts the diamond blade saw is preferred.

What about water drainage off my patio?
Water actually runs off the surface of the pavers as if it were a solid slab; very little water drains into the sand. It is important though to consider slope when planning your patio. A 2 in. drop for every 10 ft. of slope should be sufficient.

Can I use concrete pavers near a tree? Will it hurt the tree?
We do not recommend paving around a tree that covers the drip line.

How hot are concrete pavers if I use them around a pool as a pool deck?
Radiant heat is a primary function of light reflectivity when selecting pavers for a pool deck, be sure and use light not dark colors to minimize heat gain.

Which type of edge restraint do I use around my patio? Concrete, plastic or aluminum?
All products are acceptable unless your project is subject to multiple sub-freezing temperatures. Plastic or aluminum performs better in freezing climates.

What type of sand do I need to use between my pavers?
Use course washed river sand. The course sand will bind together when you go over the pavers with the compactor. This will make the joints between the paver solid and prevent moisture from getting under the pavers. The problem with using fine sand is that it will wash out easily and not create a locking friction joint between the pavers.

Do pavers need to be mortared into place?
Never mortar the joints of concrete pavers. Concrete pavers may be placed in a mortar but they are traditionally set in sand over base.

What is the white residue on the pavers?
The white residue on top of the pavers is a condition called efflorescence. Efflorescence will wear off in about 2 to 3 months naturally but it can be removed with efflorescence cleaner and a brush. Ask your distributor about other professional cleaners.

Where can I get a plate compactor and what do I need it for?
Just about any equipment rental yard will have a plate compactor usually renting for about $45-$60 per day. One of the final steps in completing your paver project is running a plate compactor over the top of your paving stones. Simply put, this helps lock your pavers into place. The compactor helps seat your pavers down into your base sand evenly (they will drop approximately l/A in.) and also helps to vibrate your joint sand down to fill the entire joint securely locking the paver into place.

How do I control weeds and grass from coming up in my paver patio and walkways?
Just about any equipment rental yard will have a plate compactor usually renting for about $45-$60 per day. One of the final steps in completing your paver project is running a plate compactor over the top of your paving stones. Simply put, this helps lock your pavers into place. The compactor helps seat your pavers down into your base sand evenly (they will drop approximately l/A in.) and also helps to vibrate your joint sand down to fill the entire joint securely locking the paver into place.

Do concrete pavers stain?
There is no way that you can prevent stains from getting on your concrete pavers, but because they are more dense than regular poured concrete, they will be easier to clean if the stain is cleaned soon after it happens. You should try an all purpose concrete cleaner.

How do I replace a paver?
A “paver extractor” piece of equipment is available for rectangular pavers or newer installations. You can use two screwdrivers and carefully work the paver out. On older installations or on interlocking shapes, you will have to demolish one stone to pry out the others.

Should I use a sealer on my pavers?
There are a variety of reasons to use sealing products. Typically, enhancement of color and surface protection are the main reasons although the use of sealers to bind the jointing sands has become increasingly popular. Ask your distributor for how they can help you with your sealing needs.

Does the water drain through the sand around the pavers?
No, the water does not drain through the sand around the pavers. If they are installed properly, you will only get a little bit of seepage for the first few weeks, but after that the silts and dust in the air will seal that off entirely. So you need to build in a natural slope to your paver project for water runoff. Typically it is recommended that you allow for a slope of 2 in. for every 2 ft. of paving away from your home. This should be enough slope to carry the water off naturally.

 

 

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We make sure to work closely with our clients, helping them select the style, color and design of paver that matches their preferences. Our retaining walls also add a touch of beauty and functionality to any outdoor area. They can prevent unwanted erosion and soil build up, adding value and durability to your landscaping. We will make sure to build your wall with the highest quality of materials and workmanship.

 

For more than 10 years, PavePro has been supplying the finest hardscapes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. If you would like a free estimate, please do not hesitate to contact us at (972) 266-2123.

 

PavePro has 3 offices in the Dallas and Fort Worth area to serve you. We provide free paver estimates and custom paver installation to all of the DFW area including Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Keller, Colleyville, Grapevine, Southlake, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Coppell, Irving, Las Colinas, Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, The Colony, Frisco, Plano, Allen, McKinney, Park Cities, University Park and more.

 

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