Contractor Tips Blog

Jan
23

Top 3 Tips on How to Maintain Your New Pavers

Posted in Paving

Are you thinking of investing in a new paver driveway, patio or pool deck, or just had one installed by a local contractor? Pavers are an excellent choice to add beauty and value to your home, and as a bonus, they are easy to maintain. While pavers do not require extensive maintenance, they will last longer and keep their beauty if you do keep up with a few upkeep tasks. Here are the top three tips to maintain new pavers to get the most from your investment.

  1. Keep them clean. Oil, chemicals, dirt and moss can all have an impact on your new pavers. They are simple to clean; just sweep away dirt and debris as needed, then hose them off or gently pressure wash them when spills or grime accumulate.
  2. Sealant. Sealing your pavers will give them a nice shine and protect them from stains. Talk to your paving contractor about sealant and how often it is recommended for your type of pavers and region.
  3. Repairs. Repairing a paver surface is much easier and less expensive than many other types of paved surfaces. Individual pavers can be removed and replaced as needed if they are chipped or cracked. However, procrastinating on replacing a cracked or broken paver can lead to more damage on surrounding pavers. Make sure to call your paver contractor right away to have a broken paver replaced.

Congratulations on choosing one of the most beautiful options for paving. With a little upkeep and maintenance, your new paver driveway, pool deck, patio or walkway can last for many years and add value to your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Tri County Pavers & Design
3300 S Congress Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
954-603-3244

Sep
9

Maintaining Your Paver Pool Deck

Posted in Paver Driveways

One of the many benefits of owning a paver pool deck is the low maintenance these beautiful decks require. Compared to other pool deck materials, pavers tend to offer more beauty and value while withstanding fading from the constant exposure to the sun. Yet even paver pool decks do need some maintenance over time to protect your investment. To keep your paver pool deck looking great and functioning properly, scheduling time for maintenance is crucial. Here are some of the ongoing maintenance chores to consider before the summer months:

  • Weeding/edging. Depending on your paver pool deck, you may need to remove weeds and edge the perimeter of your deck. Weeds can detract from your pool area and cause issues with your deck.
  • Pressure washing. Pavers are easily cleaned with pressure washing to keep them looking fantastic for pool parties and family gatherings.
  • Repairs. If your paver pool deck is older, it may need some repairs. Treating spots, replacing cracked pavers and leveling heaved areas are critical to protecting your deck. Paver repairs should be performed by a professional paver service company.
  • Sealing. Many paver pool decks may need sealing every few years to protect the surface. Your local paver company may offer sealing service.

While you can do some maintenance yourself, many of the ongoing paver maintenance projects are best performed by a paver service company. Scheduling a pool deck maintenance service for your pavers can ensure they are cleaned, repaired and sealed properly, making your deck look like new again. Call your local paver service company that offers pool deck maintenance to schedule your spring cleaning and repairs today.

Posted on behalf of:
Tri County Pavers & Design
3300 S Congress Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Jun
23

Transforming Your Home Using Concrete Pavers

Posted in Paver Driveways

Over the last few decades, concrete pavers have gone from an option used in mostly upscale communities to gracing homes in all income levels of neighborhoods. Although more economical than natural stone pavers, concrete pavers still tended to used less often than poured concrete for driveways, walkways, patios and other residential structures. However, the industry has seen a boom and has created more options for homeowners in all budget ranges.

Growth in the Concrete Paver Industry

In 1980, it was estimated that only 80 million SF of concrete pavers were used in North America (mostly the U.S. and Canada). In 2014, the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) reported 542 million SF of concrete pavers used. The industry is booming as more homeowners realize the benefit of using these versatile paving materials for their homes, creating beautiful and durable surfaces that are elegant in design.

Concrete pavers come in a fantastic variety of options, from interlocking pavers to individual pavers, all in different colors, shapes and sizes. These paving stones can be used to create fantastic designs, giving homeowners an option to transform their homes from ordinary to extraordinary. Driveways, sidewalks, pool decks and patios can be custom designed using these versatile components that are as stunning as there are durable.

If you are looking for a way to improve the overall style and elegance of your home, consider using concrete pavers for your next paving project.  Consult with your local paving company that offers concrete pavers to discuss design and budget options. You may be surprised how affordable it can be to upgrade your home’s curb appeal using beautiful concrete pavers.

Posted on behalf of:
Tri County Pavers & Design
3300 S Congress Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Apr
10

Advantages of Upgrading to a New Paver Pool Deck

Posted in Paving

Is your old pool deck faded or cracked? Nothing is as beautiful around your pool than a paver pool deck, but many homeowners are concerned about the cost of installation. While natural stone paver pool decks are more expensive than most other types of pool deck materials, they are often worth the investment. Before replacing your old pool deck with cement or another cost effective material, consider the advantages of upgrading to a new paver pool deck for your home.

  • Unbeatable style. Paver pool decks are elegant and stylish, with many options in designs and colors. You will add beauty to your backyard and improve the ambiance for your pool parties.
  • Add value to your home. Having the best materials for your pool deck like natural stone pavers made of tumbled marble or travertine actually increase the value of your home.
  • Lower maintenance. Paver pool decks are easy to maintain, making them a favorite for pool owners. They are easy to clean, plus repairs are quick and cost effective.
  • Durability and fade resistance. Pavers made from natural stone will last for decades if cared for properly. The stone will not fade like many other deck materials and will hold up for many years.
  • Drainage. Pavers are perfect for pool decks as they offer easy drainage compared to solid materials such as concrete.

Over the life of your new paver pool deck, the advantages can outweigh the initial costs. With the value and beauty they can add to your home, and the longevity and easy maintenance, pavers are a smart choice when you are ready to replace your pool deck.

Posted on behalf of:
Tri County Pavers & Design
3300 S Congress Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Jul
25

Are You Experiencing Drainage Issues Around Your Paver Pool Deck?

Posted in Paver Driveways

One of the most beautiful options for pool decks is the use of pavers. It offers a classic, contemporary style for your pool area and is ideal for the wet area around the pool. However, in certain situations you could experience drainage problems on your pool deck due to a variety of issues. If you have water pooling on your paver pool deck, you need to investigate drainage solutions to resolve the problem. 

Pool Deck Drainage Issues

There are several reasons water is not draining properly around your pool deck. One of the benefits of using pavers for a pool deck is that water is allowed to drain easily when it is installed properly. This can be through drainage channels that are added when the deck is installed, plus water can seep between the joints and down to the sand underneath. However, some construction issues can lead to improper drainage, including: 

–          Cement under the pavers. If pavers were put over existing cement, water cannot drain down between joints. The water can become trapped under the pavers, causing mold, mildew and damage.

–          Slope issues. For water to drain off the pool deck, a slight slope is usually needed for the drainage channels.

–          No drain system. In some cases, a paver pool deck was not equipped with any drain system to handle excess water. 

To resolve drainage issues, there are several solutions that can be used. The solution will depend on what is causing the drainage problem. Common solutions include increasing the slope or elevation, or adding drainage channels, deck drains or even a sump pump drain. To explore what drainage option is best for your paver pool deck, call your local paver installation contractor.

Posted on behalf of:
Tri County Pavers & Design
3300 S Congress Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Nov
21

Now is the Time to Renovate Your Pool Deck

Posted in Swimming Pools

If your pool deck is looking a little shabby, winter is the perfect time to schedule a renovation. Spring, summer and fall are the busiest times for relaxing by the pool, making winter the ideal season to remodel or repair your pool area. Give yourself the gift of a beautiful new pool deck this winter, which you can enjoy in the sunny, warm months to come. 

Choices in Pool Deck Pavers

Many people opt for plain concrete when choosing a material for pool decks. However, there are other options which can add style and beauty to your pool area. Pavers are a great choice for pool decks, as they provide a variety of color and style options while offering easy maintenance and repair. Some popular choices of pavers for pool decks include: 

–        Travertine pavers. Travertine is a perfect material for pool decks. The rock stays cool and offers a non-slip surface, which is excellent for the area surrounding your pool.

–        Tumbled marble pavers. Similar to travertine pavers, tumbled marble offers durability and beauty for your pool deck. The natural look of marble can add a touch of class to your outside living area.

–        Brick or concrete pavers. Another option for your pool deck is clay or concrete pavers. While less expensive than natural stone, they are still aesthetically pleasing and easy to maintain. 

By renovating your pool deck now, when the warmer weather of spring and summer arrive, your pool will be ready for your first pool party. Don’t wait until everyone else is scheduling their pool area remodels; call your local paving company today to get your pool deck renovation done during the slower winter season.

Posted on behalf of:
Tri County Pavers & Design
3300 S Congress Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Jan
4

Some Varieties of Travertine Pavers

Posted in Paver Driveways

Travertine, a natural stone of the limestone family, is one of the many materials used to make landscaping pavers. What sets travertine pavers apart from other types of pavers however is the stone’s unique texture coupled with its marble-like appearance. Travertine pavers are also much sought after for their attractive ivory, cream, and gold colors. Travertine’s durability, heat-resistant qualities, and rustic charm make it the ideal choice for patios, walkways, entryways, and pool decks. Below are a few varieties of travertine pavers. 

1)      Filled travertine

Travertine pavers are described as ‘filled’ when small holes, cracks, and other surface irregularities have been smoothed out with grout.  Not all of the holes and craters are filled since these irregularities are what give travertine its unique texture and character. Travertine is usually filled prior to honing or polishing, although some filled travertine pavers are not honed.

2)      Honed travertine

Honed travertine pavers have been sanded with an abrasive to make them smoother and flatter than they normally would be. The process changes the appearance of the stone, giving it a dull, matte finish. Honed travertine may be filled or unfilled. Honed travertine pavers stain more noticeably compared to polished ones.

3)      Polished

Polished travertine pavers are those which have been polished with a special gem abrasive to give them a smooth and shiny look. Unlike other types of travertine pavers which need to be sealed in order to prevent staining, polished travertine pavers are very resistant to staining and usually do not require sealing.  Polished travertine pavers are not as natural-looking as the other types of travertine pavers, and floors paved with polished travertine are slippery when wet.

4)      Tumbled

Tumbled travertine pavers are those which have been treated in a tumbling machine to soften the edges, allowing for a closer fit during installation. Tumbled travertine pavers look and feel more natural than other types of travertine pavers because they have more texture and reflect less light. Tumbled travertine is porous and needs to be sealed to prevent etching and staining.

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