Concrete Pavers Benefits
The concept of interlocking concrete pavers dates back to the roads of the Roman Empire. They were constructed with tightly fitted paving units set on a compacted aggregate base. The modern version, concrete pavers, is manufactured in a wide array of colors, shapes and textures all with the look of authentic stone. Pavers interlock together to form a patterned surface which can be put into service immediately. A big benefit of pavers is that they can be removed and re-installed, which reduces future service interruptions.
The use of concrete pavers is growing rapidly on both commercial and residential construction projects.The use of concrete pavers is expanding rapidly. In Europe there are 100 square feet of pavers installed per person annually, in the United States it is only 1 square foot per person.
The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) annual survey that confirms continued growth of concrete pavers in North America for 2004 estimated total sales for North America at $710 million. This is divided into approximately $630 million for the United States and $80 million for Canada. Comparing results from a similar survey last year by ICPI, the amount sold represents a 15.4 percent increase from 2003 to 2004. Since the survey’s inception in 1999, the North American concrete paver market has more than doubled.
As with previous surveys, the residential market was the largest, accounting for 77 percent of concrete paver sales in 2004. The second largest market was commercial at 16.5 percent, followed by municipal at 6.0 percent. The industrial/port/airport market accounted for the smallest portion, representing 0.5 percent of all paver sales.
We manufacture our interlocking concrete pavers in the most modern facilities to the highest standards. The exacting requirement is ASTM C936 which is the same standard which all commercial and industrial interlocking concrete pavers must meet.The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute certifies that all pavers comply with ASTM C936.
Concrete Pavers Material
We insist that the material used by an Authorized Contractor to construct the base of your pavement must meet the standards of your state governing graded aggregate material.
The bedding sand must comply with ASTM C33 or ASTM C144. The Authorized Contractor who installs your pavers should have training to use the proper materials and to construct your pavement using the guidelines and recommendations of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute.
Our interlocking concrete pavers used are extremely durable. We manufacture our pavers using specific sands, crushed stone, cement, water and color fast pigments which provide most of the color.
A computer operated machine, especially designed for the purpose, forms the concrete mixture into the varous shapes and. We manufacture most of our pavers with a beveled edge around the top of the paver. The bevel, or chamfer, ensures that there is no tripping hazard if a paver happens to be slightly higher or lower than its neighbors. The chamfer also reduces the chance for chipping of the paver edge.
You will notice that the surface of our paver is slightly coarse to the touch. This texture is to provide a safe non-slip walking or driving surface even when wet. The very dense structure of the paver minimizes the amount of moisture which can penetrate and cause damage during freeze cycles.
The pavers are placed in a sand setting bed surrounded by an edge restraint which keeps the desired uniform joint spaces between pavers and prevents the edge pavers from moving outward. The sand used to fill the joint spaces provides vertical interlock between pavers and allows the pavement to behave as a strong but flexible mat.