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Making the Right Decision About Your Pavers is Key. European Pavers Southwest Wants You to Have the FAQs. Paving stones have a long history and a lot of useful ways to create an extraordinary look, which is why you need the FAQs. Today’s paving stone system uses modern technology to create precision concrete interlocking pacing stones in a variety of styles, patterns, and colors. Properly installed pacing stones for driveways, walkways, patios and pool decks won’t crack, sag, shift, or separate. They are considered the ultimate hardscape for beauty, elegance, and durability. Many home and business owners have admired paving stone driveways and patios and have often been told that they are too expensive. While pavers do cost more than some hardscapes, they are far more affordable than people realize.

We know that choosing pavers for your home or business is a big decision, which is why European Pavers Southwest, Inc. is here to help you make the best choice for your home. If you don’t find the answer you are looking for below, contact us and ask us directly so we can help make this a great experience for you.

What are pavers?

Pavers are made of brick, clay or concrete blocks that create a smooth, hard surface for outdoors. For home use, pavers are used to create patios, outdoor steps, pathways, driveways, and retaining walls. Pavers for commercial are used for medians, crosswalks, plazas and even streets.

Are pavers right for my home?

Yes! Pavers can be used to create beautiful driveways, walkways, patios, pool decks, sidewalks, retaining walls and much more. You can even choose different colors and textures to help match the pavers to your home.

What are the most common shapes of pavers for me to consider?

Pavers are a varied landscape element in terms of shape, but some of the most common ones are standard square and rectangular pavers. We offer several paver shapes in which you can use to form your own patterns including, circle kits, octagon kits, and diamond kits.

What are some typical dimensions for pavers?

For square and rectangular pavers we offer, typical sizes include 8” x 8”, 12”x 12”, and 24” x 24”. These are nominal thickness due to the random surface textures of each paver. Contact us about the range of thickness, which applies to the pavers that you are most interested in.

Why should I consider natural stone pavers?

Natural stone pavers add a random beauty that brick pavers don’t. Also, natural stone pavers are the standard you can look to for durability, since materials in natural stone pavers are among the hardest in the world for any application. For a permanent fixture to your landscape project, consider natural stone first.

What are the advantages of brick pavers?

The advantages of brick paving over concrete and asphalt go beyond colors, looks, and shapes. Brick pavers are produced on specially designed machinery which ensures an exact quality process that produces a higher strength and durability than concrete or asphalt. They have a minimum compression strength of 8000 psi and are the ideal product for freeze/thaw environments. With proper installation, this product provides a hard wearing and flexible surface that allow the joints between pavers on any walkway, driveway, or patio to move without cracking. For any repair needs, they can be easily removed.

What Is the cost?

It may surprise you how affordable an installation for your home or commercial project really is. Some of the factors which affect the final price of an installation are: Product color and style size of the project; Complexity of the design; Base requirements; Accessibility – front yard vs. back yard.; Is the installation combined with anything else? e.g. plants, etc.; Location. It’s easy to get an estimate from European Pavers Southwest, Inc. Just fill out our estimate request form.

Will the pavers mildew?

Mildew grows on surfaces that are kept cool and moist over an extended period of time. Pavers are more resistant to mildew as the surface retains water less than that of other pavement surfaces. Use a waterproof sealer and power washer to keep mildew from showing up. On the other hand, some customers find this to add a rustic appeal to their pavers and actually encourage its growth.

How do I control weeds and grass from coming up in my paver patio or walkway?

For the most part, if the pavers are installed properly and a compactor was used on the pavers to lock them into place, you have cut off much of the growing environment. There will still be times when seeds can blow in and start growing in the sand between the cracks. When this happens, you can usually pull them out very easily or spray them with a weed killer and remove them. Sealing the pavers also helps prevent vegetation growth.

Can I replace a paver if broken or stained?

Yes, you can be rest assured of the replacement of your pavers by keeping extras from when the job was completed. When replacing a paver, scrape out the sand in the joints that surround the paver that needs to be removed. Use two screwdrivers to wiggle the paver out. Others can be removed by hand. Insert the new paver, replace the joint sand, and compact the paver into place with a rubber mallet.

Do pavers need to be sealed?

It is by no means required that you seal your pavers, however we do recommend it. Think of sealing your pavers like protecting an investment. Sealing your pavers will help prevent against fading and staining and help your pavers truly last a lifetime.

What are some of the benefits of installing interlocking pavers?

Some of the benefits of installing interlocking pavers are the added beauty and elegance that will enhance your curb appeal, property value increase, the custom designs that will compliment your home, the numerous colors and patterns to choose from, the swift and efficient installation process, a lifetime product guarantee, and the satisfaction that comes with knowing your product won't crack or break.

Can paving stones be laid on top of an existing driveway or road?

Yes, however special precautions concerning drainage and stability should be performed prior to installation.

Are there different prices between different types of pavers?

Yes, the prices vary depending on the type of paver.

What thickness of pavers do residential driveways require?

Residential driveway pavers require a minimum 2 3/8" thickness. As long as the crushed stone base is a minimum of 8"- 10" thick and compacted correctly over a stable sub-base. For heavy vehicles it is recommended to a use a paver that is 3 1/8" thick and increase the depth of the stone base.

Paver Maintenance FAQ's

That new paver patio or walkway looks great now, but over time regular wear, dirt and weeds take their toll on the concrete blocks. Regular maintenance keeps your outdoor paver area looking nice while preventing damage, like cracking and shifting of the individual pavers. Cleaning, sealing and weed control are the main components of a paver maintenance plan. The upfront work of maintaining the pavers saves you the hard work of replacing the bricks down the road.