Paving Stones

Video: The Role of Geotextile Fabric

Posted on September 29, 2017 by James Florence

CONCORD — Host, Sarah Rutan: When installing pavers, the application of geotextile fabric will help ensure a firm foundation. To learn more, we’re in Mill Valley with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Itamar M. Junior of Atlas Pavers Company to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Itamar M. Junior: Today I’m here to talk about the importance of geotextile driveways, walkways, and patios. The first question that comes when you’re installing pavers are, “Do I need geotextile under my driveway or patio or walkway?” Sure. The answer is, “Absolutely, yes.” Because the geotextile—it’s a fabric, a membrane, that goes in between the excavated area—between the dirt, the soil—and the base rock. Read more

Share
Leave a comment

Posted in:

Geotextile Fabric in Paver Installation

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Mari Patrick

A crucial component for installing a paver driveway is geotextile fabric, a permeable material typically made from polypropylene or polyester. Following the demolition phase, this fabric is laid over the soil and the pavers are placed on top of it. Geotextile fabric’s primary function is reinforcement—it helps support the weight of the pavers and keeps them from sinking and moving around. It also serves as a permeable filter that allows water to pass through while preventing the soil beneath from intermixing with the pavers and weakening the installation.

While geotextile fabric is considered critical for paver driveways, due to the aforementioned functional benefits, it should really be used for any paver project to give the installation an added measure of stability. Read more

Share
Leave a comment

Posted in:

Video: The Importance of Examining Water Flow

Posted on August 04, 2017 by James Florence

SAN MATEO — Host, Sarah Rutan: Before undertaking an outdoor project, it’s important to identify water flow to ensure it doesn’t damage your project. Today we’re in San Mateo with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Steven Molof of Modern Paving to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Steve Molof: So, when you take on any outdoor project, whether that’s a driveway, a walkway, a pool deck, or some softscape elements like a brand new lawn or some trees, it’s important to take a look at what the water on your property is doing. There’s two things you look at, and it’s important for any contractor you choose to make sure they consider this before you start. Read more

Share
Leave a comment

Posted in:

Identifying Water-Related Issues Before You Build

Posted on August 04, 2017 by James Florence

SAN MATEO — If you’re planning to install a new driveway, patio or similar hardscape feature, take the time to look for potential water-related issues. Water can be very effective at breaking down what you’ve built, so it’s important to assess your property and deal with any problem areas before construction begins.

There are two aspects to consider when assessing your property for water-related issues. The first is groundwater, which is water beneath the surface. When a groundwater issue goes undetected, it can cause substantial damage to an installation’s foundation. In most cases, installing a French drain can prevent such issues from occurring, as they’re designed to corral ground water and divert it toward a predetermined point. Read more

Share
Leave a comment

Posted in:

Video: Through-Mix vs. Face-Mix Pavers

Posted on August 04, 2017 by James Florence

SOLANO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning for a concrete paver installation, you’ll need to decide whether to use face-mix or through-mix pavers. Today we’re in Dixon with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jay Magstadt of CastleLite Block to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jay Magstadt: Today we’re going to talk about face-mix pavers versus through-mix pavers. So, a face-mix paver is a grey brick paver that’s been coated with a colored concrete. And a through mix-paver is a paver where the color is constant all the way throughout the paver. So, we’ve cut a paver here. And, as you can see, the color of the face here is the same as the surface. Read more

Share
Leave a comment

Posted in:

Video: Polymeric Sand for Paver Joints

Posted on August 04, 2017 by James Florence

SOLANO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When filling in the joints of a new paver installation, using polymeric sand can prevent problems in the future. Today we’re in Dixon with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jay Magstadt of CastleLite Block to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jay Magstadt: My expert tip is on polymeric sand. If you have a pool deck, you do not want the joint sand to blow into your pool. So, polymeric sand has an additive that when you adhere water to it, it sticks and will not blow into the pool. It’s also important to use polymeric sand driveways.

Most driveways are pitched towards the street and during rains can wash the sand out of the joints, Read more

Share
Leave a comment

Posted in:

Two Tips for Paver Installation

Posted on August 04, 2017 by James Florence

SOLANO — A concrete paver installation involves several substantial aspects, including soil engineering and aesthetic design. However, there are also smaller details that, while comparatively minor, can have a noticeable impact on the installation’s performance.

One such detail is the type of joint sand used to fill the spaces between pavers. While regular joint sand will work fine in some cases, it can lead to problems in others. For example, if you use regular joint sand for a pool deck, it can get blown into the pool by the wind. Likewise, if you put in a driveway that’s pitched toward the street, rainwater can wash the sand out of the joints, which can eventually cause the installation to fail. Read more

Share
Leave a comment

Posted in: