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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a paving stone company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified paving stone contractor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality and Helpful Expertise® in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top rated paver stone company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

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Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality and Helpful Expertise®–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified Resource eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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Carlos Barbosa is sales manager of Brasmerica Pavers System, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (707) 879-8949 or by email.

Carlos Barbosa

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Carlos Barbosa: Paver Protégé

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

PINOLE — When asked about the origin of his career in the paver industry, Carlos Barbosa says it all started with a casual friendship. “Before I started working with pavers, I worked for my dad doing excavation and debris hauling. In 2009, I met Alberto Lisboa, who was installing pavers as a subcontractor on a jobsite I was on, and we became friends. A few years later, Alberto started his own paver business and told me I should come work for him—an opportunity I gladly accepted. He thought I’d be good at sales but felt I first needed to get an education in the industry. For the next three years, I worked alongside Alberto and he taught me everything I needed to know. Finally, after acquiring the requisite knowledge and experience, I moved into the sales department.”

Today, as sales manager of Brasmerica Pavers System, Carlos says his favorite part of his job is seeing the end result of each project. “I enjoy every step of the process, from meeting with clients to helping them with designs. However, my favorite part is actually seeing the design come into being, because that’s when you know you’ve accomplished your goal.”

A resident of Pinole (where he lives with his wife, Sandra, and their two children), Carlos spends his free time on a variety of pastimes. “I enjoy watching sports, especially soccer, hanging out with friends and family, and traveling,” he details. “Due to the demands of work, I don’t go on a lot of long trips, but I do take two or three mini-vacations each year. I like going to Las Vegas, South Lake Tahoe and other destinations that are near enough to make a short visit worthwhile.”

In his life and career, Carlos espouses the value of a respectful attitude. “Respecting others is the most important thing to me,” he affirms. “In regard to my job, this means being respectful of my clients and their homes. When you go into someone’s home and work on their property, you have to respect their space. You also have to remember it’s their project, and they’re entitled to a good value for the money they’re paying you. I show each client respect by making sure they’re served well and receive a high-quality final product.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Carlos says he’d pay a visit to his home country. “I would take a trip to Brazil, which is where I’m from. I’d probably spend a month or so just visiting the family and friends I have there.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?

A: Brasas Do Brazil in Concord.

Q: What was your first job?

A: When I was 11, I got a job cleaning floors and doing deliveries for a supermarket near my neighborhood.

Q: What are your favorite soccer teams?

A: FC Barcelona and the Brazilian national football team.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: Dubai.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?

A: Christmas.

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An Important Credential for Paver Contractors


PINOLE — One of the most important steps of hiring a contractor is verifying their credentials, including proper licensing and insurance. If you’re hiring for a paver project, one important credential to look for is certification with the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute… Read more

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Andrew Headington is sales manager of System Pavers, a Diamond Certified company since 2004. He can be reached at (877) 303-8236 or by email.

Andrew Headington

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Andrew Headington: A Twofold Fulfillment

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

UNION CITY — As a lover of the arts and the outdoors, Andrew Headington feels fortunate to have found a job that fulfills his dual passions. “I’ve always had a passion for the arts, but at the same time, I’ve always been a very outdoorsy person, so when I heard about landscape architecture in college, it seemed like a good fit for me,” he explains. “I ended up getting my B.S. in landscape architecture from the University of Connecticut, and I’ve been in the field ever since.”

Today, as sales manager for System Pavers, Andrew says his favorite part of his job is the daily challenges it entails. “I love meeting new people and helping them solve their landscape and hardscape problems. Every day is a new challenge, which keeps things exciting.”

A resident of Marin (where he lives with his wife, Laurie), Andrew expresses his appreciation for the Bay Area’s temperate climate and lush landscape. “I have no complaints about the weather in Marin. It’s absolutely gorgeous up here. The best part is you can take part in outdoor activities basically year-round.”

Outside of work, Andrew can often be found pursuing one of his three main hobbies. “First off, I brew my own beer, which I’ve been doing for about 15 years,” he explains. “Secondly, I play guitar in a local band called Polkalicious that gigs around San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area. Basically, we take hits from the ’80s, ’90s, and today and turn them into polka songs. Thirdly, I’m an avid kiteboarder. Kiteboarding is like surfing, but you have a giant kite attached to your surfboard and use the wind to navigate your way around.” In addition to these pastimes, Andrew enjoys working on his house, hiking and snowboarding.

In regard to his professional career, Andrew espouses the importance of honesty. “It may sound a bit generic, but the phrase, ‘Honesty is the best policy’ is absolutely true, especially from a sales standpoint,” he says. “That’s why I always make it a point to be honest with customers, and I do my best to subvert the ‘used car salesman’ stereotype. I also try to be a good leader and have a positive impact on my coworkers.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Andrew says he would see the world. “I would definitely travel. In particular, I’d like to visit Southeast Asia. There’s some incredible development happening over there, with some really interesting designs and just a totally different way of life, so it’d be neat to experience that.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Bananas.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Sol Food in San Rafael.

Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
A: I’d go to the past to uncover some of the mysteries of ancient times. For example, I would love to go back and see how the Egyptians built the pyramids.

Q: What’s your favorite Bay Area brewery?
A: Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa.

Q: If you could immediately master any musical instrument, what would you choose?
A: The banjo that’s hanging on my wall. Maybe I’d start a bluegrass band in addition to my polka band.

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Benefits of a Dedicated Pedestrian Walkway


UNION CITY — One aspect of home design that often gets overlooked is pedestrian access to the front door from the sidewalk or driveway. In these cases, getting to the front door can be an awkward ordeal, whether you have to… Read more

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Video: Benefits of a Dedicated Walkway

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Hayley Johnson is a veteran of the paving stones industry and owner of The Legacy Paver Group, a Diamond Certified company since 2013. She can be reached at (415) 886-2903 or by email.

Hayley Johnson

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Hayley Johnson: Paving a New Pathway

By James Florence, Senior Writer

SANTA ROSA — Hayley Johnson used to do PR and marketing for a high-tech firm, but after she became a mother, she realized it was time to pave a new professional pathway. “In 2001, I had my first daughter and took some time off of work,” she recounts. “While I was off, I decided to help my dad with his paver business and found that I liked it a lot, from the hands-on creativity to the direct client involvement…not to mention getting to work outside. My marketing career involved long hours and travel, so I knew if I went back, I would have to put my daughter in daycare. Ultimately, I decided to join my father in the paver business. When he retired in 2003, I bought him out and took it over.”
Today, as owner of The Legacy Paver Group, Hayley says her favorite part of her job is the endless creative possibilities. “Every project we do is a blank canvas—we’re not stuck to a single design, so there’s plenty of room for creativity, which makes it a lot of fun. I enjoy working with clients throughout their projects, translating their visions into custom designs and fine-tuning them as we go along.”
A resident of Santa Rosa (where she lives with her husband and business partner, Sean, and their two daughters), Hayley expresses her appreciation for life in the North Bay. “Compared to other regions of the Bay Area, Marin and Sonoma have more scenic, rural beauty, with lots of farmland and vineyards. I’m originally from the United Kingdom, and some parts of this area remind me of being in Wales—except with much better weather!”
Outside of work, Hayley spends her time on a variety of interests and pastimes. “I enjoy photography, reading, playing soccer and working out—basically, anything active or creative,” she says. “I also like hanging out by the pool with my family and hosting barbeques at our house.” Additionally, Hayley and her family like to travel as much as possible. “Besides visiting family in England, we like to see and experience new places. We’ve been to Africa, Cuba and all over Europe, so I would definitely say travel is our favorite activity.”
In her life and career, Hayley espouses the importance of having goals. “I’m a very goal-oriented person,” she explains. “Whether with my business or in my personal life, I find that having a goal to work toward helps me stay motivated, focused and engaged. Having goals also gives you a basis for structure and organization, which leads to more positive outcomes, so I think it’s a big key to success in work and life.”
When asked the first thing she’d do if she were to retire tomorrow, Hayley says she’d take her family on a trip. “Honestly, I don’t think about retirement—I enjoy running my business and could see myself doing it into my 70s and beyond. However, if I did retire, I would definitely do more traveling. Maybe I’d jump on a river cruise down the Danube. That would be a good way to kick things off.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What kinds of books do you like to read?
A: I like everything from biographies and historical novels to chick lit. Basically, if something captures my interest, I’ll read it to death.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: South America. Brazil would be my first stop. I work with a lot of Brazilians and they’re a lot of fun. Plus, it’s a huge country, so I could spend a lot of time there.

Q: Do you consider yourself a dog person or a cat person?
A: I have both, so I don’t really have a preference, but overall I’m probably more of a cat person…just don’t tell my dog.

Q: If someone was making a movie about your life, what actress would you choose to play yourself?
A: No one—I’d have it be a documentary.

Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?
A: My bike.

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Important Choices for a Paver Feature


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.… Read more

Technical Aspects of a Paver Installation


SANTA ROSA — When installing a concrete paver driveway or patio, it’s easy to get preoccupied with the aesthetic design, but it’s also important to consider the technical aspects. After all, while thinking about soil compaction may not be as… Read more

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Video: Professional Guidance With Paver Selection

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  • CalStone

  • Belgard

  • Basalite

  • Pavestone

  • Abbotsford

  • Claypave

  • Allan Block

  • Keystone

Oldcastle Pavers
Trendset Custom Pavers
Cambridge Pavingstones
McNear Brick & Block
Emsco Resin Paving Stones
Unilock Paving Stones
Belgard Pavers
Nicolock Interlocking Paving Stones
CST Pavers
Pavers by Ideal
Cambridge Cobble
American Pavers

travertine pavers
flagstone pavers
concrete pavers
paving stones
thin pavers
cobblestone pavers
paver installation
bluestone pavers
clay pavers
garden pavers
outdoor pavers
permeable pavers
patio pavers
brick pavers
deck pavers
driveway pavers
interlocking pavers
tumbled pavers
edging pavers
granite pavers

Agua Caliente
Alexander Valley
Bodega Bay
Boyes Hot Springs
Camp Meeker
Duncans Mills
El Verano
Fetters Hot Springs
Fort Ross
Glen Ellen
Mark West
Monte Rio
Rio Nido
Rohnert Park
Russian River
Russian River Meadows
Salmon Creek
Santa Rosa
Stewarts Point Rancheria
the Geysers
Sea Ranch
Two Rock
Valley Ford
Villa Grande


Better Business Bureau BBB (http://www.bbb.com/)
California Department of Consumer Affairs DCA (http://www.dca.ca.gov/)
California Landscape Contractors Association CLCA (http://www.clca.org/)
Contractors State License Board CSLB (www.cslb.ca.gov)
Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (http://www.icpi.org/)
International Association of Landscape Ecology IALE (http://www.landscape-ecology.org/)

Know What You Want
Knowing What You Want by Researching Paving Stone Contractors in Sonoma County

Talk with local paving stone contractors after you have done some research and know more about paving stones. Write a list of questions and use that list when interviewing the paving stone contractors. Write down each contractor’s answers. Don’t get an estimate from every company. If they do not meet your expectations or they don’t have satisfactory answers to your questions, move on to the next company.

You need to know what you are expecting from your paving stone project. Have an idea of your timeline, style and color, budget, etc. Here are questions that you may want to ask:

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified paving stone installer that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  • What color and style of new pavers looks appropriate with the landscape and house?
  • What is my timeline for installation of my new pavers?
  • What is my budget for this project?
  • Are there any changes or repairs I need to have done to the house before I have the paving stones installed?
  • Am I planning on living in this house over the long-term or am I going to use it as rental property?
  • What personal and professional characteristics would I like my Sonoma County paving stone contractor to have?
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What To Ask In Person
What to Ask Sonoma County Paving Stone Contractors in Person

Once you have narrowed your choices to a few of the best Sonoma County paving stone contractors, visit a few of these in person to meet their representative and interview them more thoroughly. Questions you might want to ask include these:

  • What kind of a guarantee do you have?
  • Will you give me proof of your liability and workers’ compensation insurance policies? (Their insurance agent’s contact information is an acceptable alternative, as the insurance company should be able to send you documentation for your records.)
  • Are the products that you use environmentally safe for my children, pets and yard?
  • Can you provide me with the names and numbers of 10 recent clients whose jobs were similar to mine?
  • What products and services does the warranty cover?
  • Will you provide a written contract?
  • Do you hire any subcontractors?
  • Do you have a valid contractor’s license? What is the number? (You can check this on the Contractors State License Board website.)
  • Do you charge for estimates?
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  • What To Ask References
    What to Ask Previous Customers of Local Paving Stone Companies

    It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified paving stone contractor because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most others can’t pass. If you want quality from a paving stone contractor in Sonoma County, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can’t find a Diamond Certified paving stone contractor within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. In this case, it’s wise to call references provided by your paving stone contractor. Keep in mind, though, that references the paving stone contractors provide to you are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references given to customers from companies are often cherry-picked rather than randomly selected.

    If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    • Would you recommend this Sonoma County paving stone contractor to your friends and family?
    • Did they clean up after they completed the job?
    • Did they keep communication with you up to date on the status of your project?
    • What type of paving stones were used?
    • If you live in a smaller town such as Eldridge, Fallon, Forestville, Rio Nido, Monte Rio, Fort Ross or Freestone, did you have to pay extra to cover the paving stone installers’ travel expenses?
    • Were you satisfied with the service from this paving stone contractor?
    • Did they finish the work on time?
    • Did they show up for work on time?
    • If you need more pavers installed in the future, will you choose this same company?
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  • Review Your Options
    Final Considerations When Choosing the Best Sonoma County Paving Stone Contractor for You

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Your choice of a paving stone contractor is an important decision. So before deciding on the best paving stone contractor in Sonoma County for you, it’s important to consider the following questions.

    • Is this estimate with in my budget for new pavers?
    • Does the paving stone contractor offer a written warranty to back up their work?
    • Can a paving stone contractor in Sonoma County meet your needs when it comes to scheduling, products, installation methods, guarantees, customer service and experience?
    • Is the company knowledgeable about the techniques they will be using and the specific needs of my job?
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  • How To Work With
    Preparing to Sign a Paving Stone Contract in Sonoma County

    Paving stones do not have to be a major financial setback. Plan your budget and stick to it. After you have found a Sonoma County paving stone company in Sonoma County that you can trust, you will have peace of mind having your paving stones installed.

    First, meet with the contractor. Use the notes that you have taken so you can accurately describe any concerns that you have. Be detailed and don’t be in a rush. It is as important for you to hear their suggestions and observations as it is for them to hear you. Ask for an explanation if there is anything you don’t understand. You need to completely comprehend the plan and any problems or solutions.

    Be sure to get all estimates in writing before any work begins. The estimate should include an itemized list of the cost of supplies and the labor. Don’t ever sign a blank estimate.

    Signing the Contract With the Best Paving Stone Contractor for You in Sonoma County
    When you are completely satisfied with the information you have received from your Sonoma County paving stone contractor and they have answered all of your questions, sign the contract. Be sure that they have a phone number where you can always be reached.

    Expect the contractor to stay within the estimate. However, if the actual paving stone costs exceed the original amount of the estimate, the contractor must get your approval before moving ahead.

    Getting Ready for the Paving Stone Contractor in Sonoma County
    Professional paving stone contractors are able to handle the very small to very large aspects of their work. However, there are some things that you can do to prepare for them and to make their progress in putting in your paving stones go more smoothly and more quickly. Doing these things may even cut down on their labor costs. It will also help keep your home and belongings from being damaged.

    Before they begin work, be sure to remove any movable items from the area where the paving stone contractor will be working. The more you do the more quickly they can get to work.

    Trim plants and bushes that are in the way. You can save money and time by preparing the area for building by trimming or removing any plants, trees or bushes that are in the way. Ask your contractor what they recommend and the amount of space they require.

    Keep your pets and children away from the area. Your paving stone contractor will be focused on installing your paving stones and should not have to watch out for your pets or children at any time. This not only prevents accidents and injury but also any expense that comes from accidents that may happen because of children and pets being in the way.

    Provide parking space and room for their work vehicles to maneuver. Some paving stone contractors have large vehicles that require more space than average. Contact your contractor before they begin. Ask them how many parking spaces they need and how much room they need for oversized vehicles. It is also helpful to walk through the area with your contractor so any hazards or clearance issues can be pointed out before installation of your paving stones.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    How to be a Great Customer for a Sonoma County Paving Stone Company

    It’s the paving stone contractor’s responsibility put in quality paving stones using the best possible installation techniques. You also play a big part in the success of your paving deck project. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Sonoma County paving deck contractor.

    • Be clear and upfront with the paving stone contractor. Let them know what you want from your paving deck installation, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the paving stone contractor on schedule.
    • Ask your paving stone contractor if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re installing your paving stones. The work will move along more smoothly if your paving stone contractor can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • Pay for the paving stone work promptly.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
    • Before you hire a paving deck contractor in Sonoma County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the paving stone representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local paving stone contractor occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.

    We all want to be good customers and paving stone contractors in Sonoma County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Compare the Paving Stone Invoice With the Completed Paving Stone Project

When your paving stone installation is complete, most contractors will give you a written invoice that details the completed work. Your invoice will include:

  • The Sonoma County paving stone installer’s name, physical address and license number.
  • Any applicable warrantees or guarantees provided by the paver manufacturers or the company.
  • An itemized list of all the pavers and supplies purchased.
  • A list of all paving stone installation services performed.
  • The total cost for new pavers and paving stone installation supplies, including the amount due for labor.

It is wise to compare the completed work with the written invoice. Ask your contractor to walk through the paving stone project with you and show you the work. During the walk-through, ask if there are any special instructions for maintaining your paving stones. If you have any questions about the work or materials, now is the time to ask.

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Written Warranties
Always Get Written Warranties From Your Paving Stone Contractor

Most good paving stone contractors warranty the paving stones they install and guarantee their workmanship. Before the job is complete, ask that details of the warranty be provided to you in writing.

This information should include:

  • The paving stone contractor’s name and physical address.
  • What pavers, installation products and parts of the paving stone installation are covered. This should also include whether the contractor will replace or repair your paving stones in the event of a product failure.
  • Your responsibility if you place a warranty claim (i.e., if you have to pay for labor or materials, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount).
  • Terms, limitations and exclusions on the materials and workmanship.
  • If the warranties are transferrable to the new owner if you sell your home.
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Top 10 Requests
Most Popular Paving Stone Services in Sonoma County

The top requests for types of paving stones and  paving stone services in Sonoma County are listed below.

Pool Paving Stones
Pool paving stones are decorative pavers installed around a pool area. They come in many colors and styles, and homeowners have a variety of materials to choose from. One of the issues with using pavers around an outdoor pool is to choose a foundation and sealer that is stable. Sand needs to be kept from washing into the pool. Also, the pavers must be non-slip for safety.

Driveway Paving Stone Installation
Driveway paving stones are becoming very popular. They not only look beautiful but they can increase the value of your home. A paving stone driveway does need a protective coating applied every couple of years. You can choose from brick, concrete, interlock and many other materials.

Garden Paving Stones
Garden paving stones are used for a variety of areas including paths and sidewalk areas. Many use them as stepping stones. Garden paving stones also work well for edging garden areas. They keep your garden from being trampled by unknowing guests. The way garden paving stones are laid out can provide direction for walking around a garden area.

Glass Paving Stones
Glass paving stones can be used for paving but they are not the same as those used for windows and walls. Glass paving stones can be illuminated and as a result they have a striking appearance. If you are putting in lighting, there will be other considerations such as drainage that will need to be taken into account.

Natrual Stone Pavers
Natural stone paving stones are not manufactured but rather are naturally occurring. They may be mined. They are often more expensive; however, they are one of the most popular choices.

Walkway Paving Stones
Walkway paving stones can be used for both commercial and residential projects. They can be used for driveways, courtyards, balconies and patios. They come in many colors and shapes and sizes. Walkway paving stones add elegance and beauty. They are very easy to maintain with sweeping and rinsing or washing.

Brick Paving Stones
Brick pavers are made with cement, sand, water, and other materials. After being mixed together, they are fired at a very high temperature. Brick pavers are very durable.

Concrete Paving Stones
Concrete pavers come in a variety of colors and styles. They require very little maintenance and are very strong. Repairing is easy and interlocking paving stones allow them to move without damage.

Granite Paving Stones
Granite paving stones have been around for a long time. It is used for patios and walkways. Granite is quarried and comes with a large variety of colors and patterns. Granite is completely fireproof and heat resistant which makes it an excellent choice. Granite is one of the more expensive materials but it will last for years.

Interlocking Paving Stones
Interlocking paving stones connect to each other so that it limits their movement. They are usually made of concrete or cement and don’t require mortar. Sand is used as the base.

Popular Brands of Paving Stones Installed in Sonoma County

  • Belgard Pavers
  • Oldcastle Pavers
  • Cambridge Pavingstones
  • Unilock Paving Stones
  • McNear Brick & Block Pavers
  • American Pavers
  • CST Pavers
  • Pavers By Ideal
  • Nicolock Interlocking Paving Stones
  • Cambridge Cobble Pavers
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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms Used By Paving Stone Contractors and Paver Installers

Aggregate is a combination of crushed rock, sand and gravel. It is used as a base for pavers.

Base is a layer of aggregate which is used as a foundation for pavers. This base supports the pavers.

Also known as: base material

blending pavers
Blending pavers refers to when 2 or more colors of paving stones are used.

Also known as: blending paving stones

brick pavers
Brick pavers are made from clay and shale and are fired. They are usually stronger than bricks.

Also known as: brick paving stones

cambridge pavers
Cambridge pavers are made by Cambridge Pavingstones. They are sturdy and have a coating that protects their strength and color.

cantera pavers
Cantera pavers are made from volcanic ash. They are lightweight and can be used in fountains, barbecues, etc.

cement-aggregate ratio
Cement-aggregate ratio is the ratio of cement to aggregate and is measured by weight usually.

Clay is used for pavers which are best for paving driveways and patios. The color doesn’t fade and they are strong.

Cobblestone pavers are made from riverbed rocks. They are usually used in decorative paving.

concrete paving stones
Concrete pavers are concrete based paving stones. They are strong and durable and come in many colors, shapes and sizes.

Also known as: concrete pavers

concrete sand
Concrete sand is used for aggregate and base layers for paving stones.

crushed rock
Crushed rock is used an an aggregate and base for pavers. It can also be used for a decorative layer.

denated pavers
Denated pavers are round or odd-shaped.

Also known as: denated paving stones

edge pavers
Edge pavers are pavers that are used to edge paths or sidewalks or driveways. They can be purchased with straight edges or made straight by the contractor.

Also known as: edge stones

edge restraints
Edge restraints are used to keep pavers in place at the edge of driveways or sidewalks.

engraved pavers
Engraved pavers are pavers that have been engraved or etched with images. Words may also be engraved.

Also known as: engraved paving stones

Erosion happens when weather wears away soil or rocks. Some pavers are made to limit erosion.

freeze-thaw durability
Freeze-thaw durability is the ability of pavers to stand up to freezing and thawing cycles.

frost action
Frost action is the action of freezing and thawing on paving stones which causes cracking and chipping.

frost heave
Frost heave is the movement of the ground upward which may lift pavers. Pavers should have some room for frost heave.

The process of putting in or installing for use.

Also known as: installation

interlocking paving stones
Interlocking paving stones are pavers that are locked together creating a solid surface.

Also known as: interlocking pavers

landscape paving stones
Landscape paving stones are pavers that are used for landscaping yards.

Also known as: landscape pavers

paving stones
Paving stones are bricks or stones used for paving.

Also known as: pavers, paver stones, paving bricks

paving stones designs
Paving stones designs are bricks or stones used for paving that are put into a planned pattern or design.

Also known as: paving stone designs,

paving stones installation
Paving stones installation is the process of installing or laying paving stones.

Also known as: paver installation, installing paving stones, laying paving stones

types of paving stones
Types of paving stones are the choice of different materials or types of paving stones which can be made of granite, concrete, or other materials.

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs for Paving Stone Companies

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified paving stone contractor?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a paving stone contractor with confidence by offering a list of top rated local companies that have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only paving stone contractors rated Highest in Quality and Helpful Expertise® earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified paving stone contractor.

Q: Are pavers appropriate for using on a driveway?
A: Yes, paving stones are a great choice for driveways. You need to choose an appropriate base material for the paving stones, and make sure the base is completely compacted to avoid sinking, puddle accumulation and uneven parking surfaces. Driveway pavers are a wise choice because they tend to be more stain resistant and more easily replaceable than concrete or asphalt surfaces.

Q: Is it possible to use paving stones over my already existing concrete?
A: While it is possible to install paving stones over concrete, you may need a material on top of the concrete before laying the paving stones. You might want to have the concrete removed. Many times it is not that expensive.

Q: Do concrete pavers need to be sealed?
A: While sealing is not necessary, there are sealers available. These sealers do make stains easier to remove. This sealer is applied after the pavers have been cleaned. It soaks into the pavers and sand joints.

Q: What keeps pavers from cracking like concrete?
A: Paving stones have a much higher density than concrete. Also the interlocking of paving stones enables it to bear a greater load. Since there are joints, these joints relieve pressure allowing movement for the paving stones.

Q: How long will my new paving stones last?
A: Many paving stone manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty. Because they are so easy to repair or replace, there is no reason to worry.

Q: How do I go about enhancing the color of my paving stones?
A: You can apply a paver enhancer to your paving stones. This will give the pavers a “wet look” and it also brings out the color.

Q: Why is sand installed between the base and the paving stones?
A: The sand will allow the final grade to be more precise. This sand will also keep the pavers from developing efflorescence (which is the white powder that is often seen on paving stones). The sand will also help with any drainage and allow the water to go into the base and then into the ground. The sand also acts as a cushion for the stones and helps keep them even as they settle.

Q: How do I choose the right paving stones for my project?
A: Because of the overwhelming choices in paving stones, this can be difficult. Not only is there a wide array of choices but you also need to know other factors (such as drainage) that will influence our decision. First, visit several paving stone companies and look at the displays. Find the stones that most appeal to you. Then, talk to the contractor and let them know which displays attract you. The contractor is qualified to guide you through the process of selecting materials. For instance, if the display that most appealed to you isn’t appropriate for your project, they can find a material that is appropriate but looks similar to what appealed to you. Let the contractor guide you through the process.

Q: What are interlocking paving stones?
A: Interlocking paving stones interlock to allow each to move independently. This allows the pavers to carry a bigger load because the weight is spread out. This is also the key to the interlocking paving stones strength.

Q: How do I go about removing stains?
A: Replacing stained pavers is the easiest or some can be flipped over. However, there are special cleaners made that will remove stains or do surface cleaning.

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