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What are Interlocking Pavers?

By definition, interlocking pavers are stones that are molded to fit together tightly, producing the appearance of cobblestones or tiles. This gives you a beautiful yet long-lasting surface that contractors may personalize to fit your home’s layout and style. If you’re thinking about repaving your concrete or brick driveway and considering alternatives, here are a few compelling reasons why interlocking stone pavers might be the best option.

Here is a list of the top benefits of interlocking paver stones vs. other hard surface materials. 

Simple to Replace

Driveways and walkways are subject to a lot of strain from cars, people, and weather conditions. It might be tough to repair a concrete or asphalt driveway part that has been damaged or cracked. You may even need to re-seal the whole area.

On the other hand, interlocking pavers are simple to remove and install. If one of the paving stones is damaged or discolored due to a vehicle oil leak, it can be removed. The paver is loosened from all angles with a flat pry bar until it can be “popped” out. Then a new layer of sand and base material is added to give the new pavers a stable position.

Also, the Pre-installed interlocking pavers offer considerable benefits as well. For example, if you need to lay electrical cables or sprinkler piping systems, sections of the paving stones can be removed beneath. A contractor may then replace the identical rocks in a matter of hours.

Simple Maintenance

Interlocking pavers are manufactured from mixing natural stone and poured concrete, as a result they can handle a beating. Without breaking, they can withstand heavy loads from large vehicles, grill stations, and patio furniture.

Pavers do not damage easily, or show marks from patio furniture on the stones. This is because they are durable and can last for a long time.

Almost no maintenance is involved in having an interlocking paver driveway or patio, depending on the paving stone material you choose. The only regular care required is sealant applications periodically to keep the paving stones in good condition. This may be done once every five to ten years and takes just a day to finish.

Make frequent sand applications to fill in the gaps between each paver. Vegetation may grow in the cracks if there is space between the tiles. You’ll need to use weed killer or a specialized sealant to keep this under control.

Variety of Styles

Interlocking pavers are not the only option when you want to create an attractive paving walkway. Natural stones like limestone, granite, or flagstone can be used to make the paving stones and pre-poured concrete. Contractors may also color them in various colors to suit different design preferences.

There are many different shapes of paving stones. You can mix and match them to get the look you want. Some people use a mix of rectangular shapes to create a beautiful stone-like pattern on their patio or seating area.

Even with six-sided hexagonal forms, distinct pavers are available to give a geometric appearance. These paving stones can be found in assorted colors to produce distinctive pattern designs for a lovely layout.

Interlocking pavers can also be made to appear like smooth ceramic tiles. Other versions are sanded down for a smoother appearance. Suppose you want a more natural stone look. In that case, interlocking paver stones manufactured of poured concrete are available that are specifically created to give a textured stone appearance.

Great for driveways and all other outdoor hard surface areas

Many homeowners choose to install interlocking pavers for several reasons, not the least of which is their durability. Another advantage of utilizing interlocking pavers is that homeowners may use them in various outdoor settings, not just on for driveways. Paving stones can also be used for pool decks, wall seating , stairs, fire places, outdoor kitchens, and walkways. They are typically low-maintenance and will withstand harsh weather conditions, making them ideal for patio decoration during hurricane season in Orlando.

Interlocking pavers’ flexibility is virtually limitless. Plus, you may maintain a uniform style throughout your property or mix and match designs and hues to suit your design preferences.

Simple Installation

Another advantage of interlocking stones for driveways is the installation procedure. Concrete or asphalt applications can take days to dry thoroughly, and you frequently have to wait days. Additionally, installers must pay great attention to ensuring that the surface is level and that there is a sturdy foundation beneath the earth.

Interlocking driveway pavers may be laid in a day or two, depending on the size of the area. You can also begin using the paver stones immediately after being applied.

The process of laying interlocking pavers is also straightforward. However, it would help if you only used licensed contractors with relevant engineering education to install interlocking pavers. The paver stones must be carefully placed to achieve these tight seals, and there’s a lot of room for error. If you are thinking about installing these yourself, it may seem easy. Still, a professional paver installer will give you a seamless product on the first try.

The first step is to build a base for the interlocking stone pavers to attach to firmly. This concrete made with sand and sand provides a sturdy foundation on which the tires will seal. The interlocking pavers are then put together to form the desired pattern, starting with the paving stones that make up each paver stone. Each paver stone fits into the area like a puzzle piece, connecting with very little space between each stone. 

After all the interlocking pavers have been set in place, a paver installer adds polymeric sand to the surface. Then, they are secured with a vibrating paver. The sand fills in small cracks between the stones, and the vibrating paver compacts it down. This machine puts high pressure on the stones to lock them into the sublayer. The contractor can also add a moldable epoxy used for laying out and attaching the pavers. They can be placed immediately after mixing. This step is not necessary, though. After vibrating the pavers, there’s no need to wait for any materials to dry.

Durable Long Term

In ideal circumstances, the most common driveway paving materials, such as asphalt and concrete, will last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Asphalt and concrete are pretty robust, but they begin to fracture after a few years. Many driveways also require re-sealing every few years.

Interlocking pavers are pretty long-lasting. They may endure for decades if properly maintained. Installers can apply a protective seal to paving stones, which helps to prevent discoloration and chipping. Interlocking pavers have even survived without repairs for 40 years without being renewed.

Polymeric sand is an excellent material to use when installing interlocking pavers. This fills in the tiny cracks and gaps between each pavers to avoid damage, weed development, and erosion. It’s perfect for areas where the temperature varies a lot during the year or locations that get a lot of rain, like July through October here in Orlando.

If you want to keep your pavers looking their best, reapply the sand every couple of years. All you have to do now is cover all of the stones and then sweep away the extra sand with a manual broom. It’s not suggested that you use a leaf blower since only the top layer of sand is swept away by using a push broom.

Builders may also cover interlocking stone pavers with an epoxy-based sealant to help preserve their color. This is perfect for locations exposed to direct sunlight for many hours.

Increased Property Value

Investing in a well-designed outside living space can significantly improve curb appeal. A driveway constructed from long-lasting paving stones may make a home appear far more attractive and contemporary than a standard blacktop or gravel driveway.

Interlocking stone pavers are also a great selling feature for homes. The majority of potential buyers want a nicely paved driveway. A well-maintained and debris-free driveway appears to be cleaner. Still, it can also help increase the value of your property and its sale price. A well-maintained driveway can add 15% to home value in some cases.

Great Value for the Cost

A driveway is an investment, regardless of the material you choose. On the other hand, interlocking stone pavers are frequently paid off long-term. They are far more cost-effective than traditional options.

Interlocking pavers have an average price of $10 to $30 per square foot. This makes it more expensive than gravel, asphalt, or concrete in terms of the expense compared to standard driveway pavement.

However, remember that installing interlocking pavers is a one-time expense. Although an asphalt driveway will initially cost less to install, you must re-seal it every few years. You may also need to replace the entire driveway in some circumstances.

If not properly maintained, concrete and gravel drives endure for only a few years. If your driveway isn’t well-maintained, it will require more care in the future. Poured, stamped, or stained concrete might be used to create the same architectural effect as interlocking pavers.

In general, stone pavers require minimal maintenance. For a small price, the pavers may be sanded by yourself. Regularly, a professional should use specific sealants; nevertheless, they are only necessary once every 5 to 10 years.

Paving stones also have a natural beauty that is typically unattainable with other hardscape materials. Furthermore, because paving stones are four times as strong as poured concrete and require less material to weigh the same amount, they are more cost-effective in the long run.

Great Option for Orlando's Climate

Stone paving stones have several benefits compared to natural stones. They can be produced to withstand any climate, which certainly helps in Central Florida.

As the temperature fluctuates, some driveway materials, such as asphalt, expand and fracture. This may be a problem in regions with hot summers and harsh winters. In direct sunlight, black pavement, like tar, can become extremely hot.

If you want to change your weather patterns, loose stone, sand, or gravel driveways are not the best option. Rainfall might create deep puddles and wash away the loose stone, leaving the driveway uneven. It may be difficult to shovel and clean off after.

Interlocking pavers are made of natural stone or poured concrete, appropriate for all sorts of weather. The paving stones will not expand or deform in hot or cold weather. They are also free of cracking – as with concrete and asphalt – since the paving blocks are intended to be somewhat flexible and distribute weight pressure evenly.

Paver interlocking pavers are also designed to prevent puddles, leading to all-around wetness and damage. Furthermore, natural stone or concrete may retain a high amount of water. There is a sand layer between each paver that absorbs additional water, keeping the surfaces dry. This helps to avoid puddles from forming on the driveway.

Safety First

Interlocking pavers are an excellent choice for those who want to minimize the risk of falling. The interlocking pavers’ natural stone or poured concrete make them naturally non-slip. This makes it an appealing option for locations near pools and hot tubs, ensuring that no one trips as they enter or leave the water. 

The best option for creating safer patio areas or pathways around the house for children and pets is interlocking stone or concrete pavers. People’s bare feet will not scratch the top of the paving rocks, nor will they create hazardous slippery surfaces while it rains.

Interlocking pavers are non-slip, which is fantastic for driving and parking cars on slanted surfaces or a stormy day. The interlocking pavers grip tires securely, so automobiles will not skid or slide.

A lovely driveway and outdoor space may significantly improve the look of your house. A long-lasting investment in the form of an interlocking paver design for the driveway, patio, swimming pool area, pathways, or retaining wall is a beautiful way to add value to your property.