CastleLite Block, LLC Industry Info

(650) 397-2044
452 Hartz Ave.
Danville, CA 94526
Jay Magstadt, Operations Manager
When hiring a contractor for a paving stone project, make sure you find one with specialized expertise.

Even though it may seem like most masonry contractors should be able to easily install concrete pavers, there are certain details that inexperienced contractors just don’t understand. For example, when using paving stones to create a driveway, it’s crucial to install a filter fabric and base underneath the pavers to prevent settling. “As cars drive over the driveway year after year, the pavers will eventually start to bow in certain areas, so the filter fabric is really important,” explains Jay Magstadt, Operations Manager at CastleLite Block, LLC. “A lot of contractors don’t realize this and fail to take the necessary steps to prevent the problem. That’s why it’s so important to hire a contractor that knows all the nuances of working with paving stones.”
Another aspect of working with paving stones that requires specialized expertise is the act of reinforcing and sealing. “The best way to reinforce pavers is to put a concrete border underneath them to hold them in place,” says Mr. Magstadt. “Some contractors opt to use an outside restraint instead, but those eventually deteriorate and cause the outside edge of the pavers to start moving, which can create gap formations.” When it comes to sealing a surface composed of pavers, a contractor’s level of expertise may mean the difference between clean paver joints and ones bursting with emergent weeds.
Make sure your paving stone contractor doesn’t use a “face mix,” which essentially means the color is only applied to the exterior surface of a core gray paver. Since the color isn’t mixed throughout the whole paver, not only will it fade more quickly, but if any pavers get chipped, their gray interior will become exposed. In addition, certain additives used by manufacturers in the concrete mix can also have a detrimental effect on color. “A lot of companies will use fly ash as an additive to cut back on the cost of cement, but that tends to lighten up the product in terms of appearance,” adds Mr. Magstadt.