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Video: Preparing for a Paver Project

Posted on May 15, 2019 by James Florence

RICHMOND — Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning for a paver project, a simple preliminary step can help you start off on the right foot. Today we’re in Richmond with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Renato do Carmo of D’Carmo Interlocking Pavers to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Renato do Carmo: Before calling your contractor for your project, I’d suggest do some research around as, for example, going to a brickyard, garden supply or such one store so you can feel the pavers. You also can see the colors available of this product that you’re looking at so you have a reference point to start with your contractor.

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Paver Restoration: A Cost-Effective Alternative to Replacement

Posted on May 08, 2019 by James Florence

RICHMOND — If your paver patio or driveway is showing signs of age, you probably assume you need to have it replaced. However, did you know there’s an alternative option that can restore the beauty of your paver feature for a fraction of the cost? With a paver restoration service, your existing pavers can be refurbished and made to look new again.

A paver restoration typically includes the following measures:

  • Power washing with hot water
  • Application of a chemical cleaner to remove stains
  • Replacement of joint sand and removal of weeds
  • Application of a high-end sealant to enhance paver coloration

If your paver feature contains any cracked or damaged sections, Read more

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Video: Professional Guidance With Paver Selection

Posted on March 01, 2019 by James Florence

SANTA ROSA — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to finding the right paver product for your home and landscape, there’s no substitute for a professional’s guidance. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Hayley Johnson of The Legacy Paver Group to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Hayley Johnson: So, you’ve decided on pavers. Now what? You’ve got five books. You’ve got all the different colors, the different styles. Which goes with my roof? Which goes with my flowers? Choose a contractor that will take the time to sit with you and go through each and every stone, really listen to your needs, listen to your budget, Read more

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Video: Permeable Pavers

Posted on March 01, 2019 by James Florence

SANTA ROSA — Host, Sarah Rutan: When choosing a paver product for a new driveway or patio, consider the benefits of permeable pavers. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Hayley Johnson of The Legacy Paver Group to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Hayley Johnson: When you’ve decided to replace your driveway and you’ve done the research and decided on pavers, there are still multiple choices such as color and style, but also whether permeable pavers or pervious pavers might be an option for you. Some cities will require permeable pavers, and you should choose a company that knows that, and can help you to submit the paperwork and the submittals. Read more

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Important Choices for a Paver Feature

Posted on February 25, 2019 by James Florence

SANTA ROSA — If you’ve decided to go with pavers for your new driveway, walkway or patio, congratulations—you’ve made a great choice! However, while you may have made one big decision, you now have a lot more of them ahead of you. There are nearly countless style and color options for pavers, and it will take a lot of perusing and careful consideration before you find the perfect one for your home, landscape, and budget. To aid you in this process, we recommend sitting down with your paving stone contractor, who will utilize their knowledge to steer you in the right direction.

In addition to style and color, another option you should look into when choosing pavers is permeability. Read more

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Video: Amending Soil for a Paver Feature

Posted on February 01, 2019 by James Florence

CONCORD — Host, Sarah Rutan: Before installing a paver feature on your property, you’ll need to assess the underlying soil and make any necessary amendments. Today we’re in Concord with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Itamar M. Junior of Atlas Pavers Company to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Itamar M. Junior: What to do when you find clay soil or spongy soil doing paver installation. First thing you need to do is remove that soil that is bad, and it’s moving – it’s shifting completely, until you find the really good soil. That means, when you step on it, it’s not going to move. So, after you remove all that old soil, Read more

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Dealing With Clay Soil for Paver Installation

Posted on January 31, 2019 by James Florence

CONCORD— One thing every concrete paver feature requires is a firm foundation beneath it. This includes not only elements like geotextile fabric and base rock, but soil that won’t shift or expand/contract over time. Unfortunately, much of the Bay Area has clay soil, which is exactly the type you don’t want beneath your paver installation. Soft and highly water-absorbent, clay soil expands in rainy weather and contracts in dry weather. Not surprisingly, this kind of soil volatility can compromise the stability of any paver feature.

If you have clay soil on your property, your contractor will need to take additional steps to prepare for paver installation. First, they’ll need to remove all the clay soil from the installation area. Read more

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