Here at Pavestone Plus, we have over 30 years of experience transforming properties with efficiency, detail, and thoughtfulness. Landscaping is our passion and we love to see our clients’ visions come to fruition. However, in passing conversation we often hear misconceptions about interlocking pavers that simply are not true.
Here are some of the most common interlocking pavestone myths we hear and what the actual truth is:
THEY ARE ALWAYS UNEVEN AND RUTTED
This one is what we hear the most often and the problem is never with the paver. When the pavers are uneven on the surface then the problem is always with the base below. For a driveway, it is recommended by the ICPI, to have 12” of granular A compacted to a standard proctor density of 98%. Anything less than that will result in rutting in the future. Also, “stone dust” or limestone screenings should never be used under interlocking pavers. It creates a sponge that will hold moisture and create big problems during freeze thaw cycles.
CONCRETE IS A STRONGER SURFACE
This myth usually comes right after the first one. While concrete is a very strong surface, and has great bridging capability, is it really stronger than pavers? Let’s first compare the compressive strength of the two, measured in pounds per square inch, or psi. Poured in place concrete can range from anywhere between 2500-4000 psi. Interlocking concrete pavers are held to an industry standard of no less than 8000 psi. Looks like pavers are stronger there. Also, just like with pavers, if concrete doesn’t have the proper base below, it will eventually heave and crack. Have you ever seen a concrete patch that looked just like new? With interlocking pavers, a simple lift and relay can fix any irregular settling and return it to looking like new. So, yes, concrete is a strong surface, interlocking concrete pavers are just stronger.
THEY ALWAYS HAVE WEEDS AND ANT HILLS
If someone tells you that you will never see weeds or ants in your interlocking pavers, I will show you a liar. A weed will eventually find somewhere to put its root, and ants will eventually diag their way up from below. This was especially true before polymeric joint sand. The new polymeric joint sands, if installed correctly, will harden in the joint and stay in place for years. With minimal maintenance and polymeric joint sand, your interlocking pavers could be ant and weed free!
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