What makes landscape pavers so good for patio’s

Landscape patio pavers make for a great product around your home

Everything you need to know about Landscape patio pavers and how to add value to your property when the job is done well, When it comes to landscape patio pavers, we really thrive on coming up with a beautiful and long lasting product .

We have gone to great lengths to come up with an installation process that will stand the test of time as well as the visual benefits. By doing this we have interlocking paver driveways and walkways that last as well today as they did when we installed them over 10 years ago. This is all down to our quality install.

What is even better, is that it doesnt cost you anymore than our competitors, because we believe its what our clients deserve.

The benefits of Landscape Pavers

Pavers also have many benefits over Concrete and Asphalt, in that they drain better, as well as if you have a low spot form, or a paver crack then its fairly easy and inexpensive to repair, unlike the other materials.

Contact us today to get your Interlocking pavers hardscape started.

Benefits of Interlocking Pavers over Concrete or Asphalt

Why are Interlocking patio pavers such a good choice?

When it comes to pavers, they really make for a great patio hardscaping choice. Firstly they can add value to your home if built correctly and also creatively. They are a very versatile product, for driveways, walkways, lawn edge, steps and much more. you can be very creative when using type of product.

How does a paver hardscape give better results than products like concrete or asphalt?

Unlike Concrete and Asphalt, interlocking patio stones have the ability to allow drainage over the surface area, especially if the base is built with drainage in mind. Another benefit, is the longevity that they can provide. Also, if a crack, chip or sink happens in one area you are limited to options how to fix it, and its almost impossible to make a repair that is invisible when finished. With pavers, you can lift them, fix the base and then relay them and everything will look as good as the day they first went down. Most of the patch products don’t really stand well to excess cold, and falls apart over time, which means you have to keep getting it fixed if you want any kind of result. With asphalt you are let with a tar line or some form of joint after the fact.

What about the Cost

When it comes to cost, Thats when Pavers falls to last place. They are not the cheapest product to buy or install, making them the most expensive on the market. We feel, that while this is the case, it is still completely worth the money when you see the end result and the way the product stands up over time. If your looking for the cheapest product then asphalt usually runs at about 1/3rd of the price of pavers and concrete is around half, unless your looking at a stamped variety, then it will be abit more. This is the only downside to interlocking products, when considering a hardscape for your home.

Other considerations.

If you are looking to build or have built a interlocking system hardscape for a patio or driveway, there are many considerations to take into account. Design, Area, Location, Slope, Base are just a few of them.

Putting additional thought into these key areas will only make for a better and long lasting patio or hardscape, that will stand the test of time and make you very happy. homeowners throughout Victoria BC are turning to pavers as there hardscape of choice over other materials, i get that bright fresher long lasting product around their home. They make for an excellent choice for around your home and much more eye catching in terms of looks, especially when built to last.

How to choose which pavers to use.

There are many different brands to choose from, when it comes to pavers, as well as styles and finishes. We can help you make a decision when it comes to what brand and which style would look best with your home. One key thing to think about is what colours do you already have around your home and also what hard surfaces are we trying to match or tie in with, for example, stone walls, concrete etc. Maybe have a look at Barkman, Abbotsford or Expocrete, to see what materials they offer and how they can suit your needs.

Building a hardscape that last!

Avant Garde has been using a tried and tested method for the last 10+ years, which has proven its quality. Using this installation method we can ensure that you will have a patio, driveway or walkway that you will enjoy for many years to come. We stand behind our installation process and even have it listed on our website so you can see the ‘step by step’ process of what goes into a hardscape. Our employees are some of the highest paid in the landscaping industry and they are all professionally trained and have a thorough understanding of how to install each landscaping component.

How to get a long lasting installation result

The biggest reason we have seen over the years for a failing patio or driveway, is lack of prep work and poor base prep. A driveway for example is only as good as the base you put it on. Making sure there is sufficient compacted crush base and not too much sand, will put you in good standing for a great finished product. Building that base on a sub grade free of organic matter is another key point also. Many paver installations start on soil and this can be the reason for failing. Organic matter doesnt compact very well, making for an unstable start to your project, as things will move over time.

The next key point we have found is too keep the amount of sand used on top of the crush base to a minimum. Sand is not a compactable material, and over time moves and shifts causing everything on top of it to fall apart. We have found that 1/4inch to 1/2inch is more than sufficient when it comes to sand under pavers. Last of all, using a bead of concrete around the edge keeps everything locked in place, preventing movement and shifting. A lot of people like to use the plastic brick edging held in with nails. This is not a material that stands the test of time, as with weather and expansion etc the nails tend to move and everything fails shortly after.

Another thing to think about once having your patio installed, is sealing. Sealing can boost the lifetime of your hardscape as well as make it look stunning. There are two main types of sealant, Matt and Gloss. Matt sealant will seal them but keep the overall finish the same, where as Gloss sealant, gives a shiny finish and a all year round wet look. This brings out the colours more, making your hardscapes stand out. Please be aware that while the gloss sealer does look very nice, it can have a tendency to make everything a little bit slippery. This is something to think about if you have young children or elderly, which benefit more from surfaces with better grip.


Questions you may Ask?

What are Pavers?

Pavers are individual precast concrete units. They are produced on specially designed paving stone machines. This specialized manufacturing process ensures an exacting quality controlled environment that produces a material of higher strength and durability than normal concrete. They are a minimum of 8000 psi, compared to about 2500 psi for poured in place concrete.

How Long Have Paving Stones Been in Use?

The original paving stone solution was put in place by the Roman armies of early A.D. They built roads using an aggregate base with the placement of stones on top. These roads are still in place today and wind their way through the European countryside.
Following World War 2 there was a dire need for reconstruction. To facilitate the construction of roads the Dutch needed to use something that was in plentiful supply, the clay brick. These bricks had to be mortar set. This methodology progressed to a point that reached the technology and experience that led to the use of sand set paving stones today.
In the early 70’s the popularity of paving stones reached the shores of North America and have gained prominence ever since.

How Does The Interlocking System Work?

Pavers are placed on one inch of bedding sand over a compacted aggregate base. The thickness of the base will vary depending on its application. Paving stones are retained using edge restraints. Commonly used edge restraints include curbing, plastic edge restraints, aluminum edge restraints, and slurry mixes.
Once they are placed and restrained the compaction process may begin. The pavers are compacted while fine masonry sand is swept into the joints. The compaction process may take 3 or 4 passes before full interlock is achieved.
Upon completion of this compaction process, the area is ready for immediate use. Unlike other materials, no curing or setting time is required for interlocking products.

What Types of Areas are Appropriate for Interlocking Pavers?

Interlocking systems are used at airports, container facilities, railway container facilities, municipality streets, plazas, parks, driveways, walkways and patios. They are the perfect solution for almost any applications because of their high quality, aesthetic value, and lower life cycle cost in comparison to other materials.

How Does The Weather Affect Them?

Pavers are your all weather solution. In intense heat they will not soften as asphalt does. Upon experiencing freeze/thaw cycles they won’t crack or spall as normal cast in place materials do, because of the joints between the pavers allows for flexibility. During periods of rain the joints will help slow the run off of water easing erosion. they also shed about 95% of the water that lands on them. As the proper movement of water is imperative, a consistent grade must be established. The grade is established by the aggregate layer.

Are They Slippery?

No. Pavers actually surpass the standards for slip resistance established by the American Disabilities Act.

Do I Have to Seal My ICPS?

No, but it is strongly recommended. Using a high solids content, gas and oil resistant sealer will achieve 5 goals.

  • They will be protected from gas, oil, grease, food and leaf stains.
  • The sealer will help maintain and protect the original colors.
  • Limits vegetation growth.
  • Prevents efflorescence from recurring.
  • Helps with general overall maintenance.

The sealing process can take place immediately upon completion of installation or at anytime in the future provided you have 4-5 days of warm dry weather. The area to be sealed should be cleaned with an approved paving stone cleaner and allowed to dry 4-5 days before the application of the sealer can take place. (Please be sure to shut off automated sprinkler systems). Although they may appear dry on the surface, it is very important to wait the prescribed drying time before the application of the sealer. This will allow adequate evaporation from the capillaries beneath their surface to ensure sufficient sealer penetration.
NOTE: Caution should be used when cleaners are applied near vegetation. Do not use muriatic acid, as it will damage the color of them. Consult with your Abbotsford supplier or Expocrete dealer for more information.

Will Weeds Grow From Underneath?

No, vegetation requires an appropriate amount of sunlight. Growth of vegetation occurs when airborne spores infiltrate the sand joints. If the they have been sealed there is minimal opportunity for the spores to infiltrate the sand joints. However, if they aren’t sealed, a good stiff brush, power washer or approved herbicide will eliminate vegetation. Any joint sand removed in the cleaning process must be replaced.

Can We Overlay them on Pre-existing Asphalt or Concrete?

Yes, you can. Follow the same guidelines as with the aggregate installation model. Establish the grade and fill in any voids/potholes with an aggregate material. Compact the aggregate. Install edge restraint and screed into place one inch of sand.
Once preparation is complete, place and compact the pavers while sweeping sand into the joints.

Can I Drive on HydraPressed Slabs?

No, you cannot. The slabs are strictly designed for pedestrian areas such as plazas, patio’s and walkways. This restriction is based on the aspect ratio, any slabs larger than 10 by 10 by 2-3/8 inches thick is deemed to be unsuitable for vehicular traffic due to flexural issues, by ASTM, and CSA specifications.

What is the White Stuff on My Pavers?

The whitish deposit is called efflorescence. Efflorescence is a natural by-product from the cement hydration process.
Calcium oxide inside the paver reacts with water in the capillaries and forms calcium hydroxide. This seeps to the surface, and reacts with the carbon dioxide in the air to form calcium carbonate, a whitish residue. When moisture on the surface evaporates, the white efflorescence becomes visible.
If efflorescence is present, it will wash or wear off over the course of time. If you wish to become more aggressive in the removal of efflorescence, there are cleaners available that are designed to remove efflorescence.

What are Paver Lights?

Paver Lights are lights that installed into your installed pattern. The lights have a plastic case and a high impact plastic lens. The lens plate can be driven or walked on. The amount of light emitted from the 11-watt bulb is bright without being intensive, emitting a soft glow. Any rain that occurs will be funneled through the case and allowed to seep into the gravel. The only placement not recommended for the light is in shallow areas where standing water will accumulate.

Where can I find an ICPI Accredited Installer?

When choosing an installer for your project, it is advised that you choose an ICPI accredited installer. See our List of Accredited Installers from our menu on the left.