Concrete pavers offer a variety of patterns and colors that add to the character of any home. They provide value as a durable yet low maintenance surface for patios…walks… pool decks…driveways…parking areas…public spaces…subdivision entrances and streets.
WHY CONCRETE PAVERS?
Homebuyers want paving that complements their residences and lifestyles.
Appearance: The wide array of colors, shapes and sizes make concrete pavers a popular option that enhances neighborhood and home character.
Low Initial Cost: Concrete pavers beautify with the look of natural stone but at surprisingly modest prices. They are almost maintenance free.
Low Cost Repair: Concrete pavers sit on bedding sand and sand joints interlock to provide a firm surface without the use of mortar. Should base or underground utility repairs be needed, the same pavers are removed and reinstated with no unsightly patches.
Snow Removal: Pavers' smooth surface allows for easy snow removal. Dark colors help melt snow faster.
Durability: Pavers resist deterioration from freeze-thaw cycles and deicing salts. Pavers are stronger than other common pavement surfaces.
Don't Crack: Unlike monolithic surfaces, the sand-filled joints between each interlocking paver allow a small amount of movement without shrinkage cracking.
Define and Enlarge Space: Raised patios provide a great entertainment area and can create useful space on sloped backyards with segmental concrete retaining walls.
ACHIEVE LEED® CREDITS WITH CONCRETE PAVERS
Rising energy and material costs have accelerated energy and natural resource conservation in home design and construction. Concrete pavers can help builders address sustainable development and earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) credits for their homes. Earn LEED® credits through:
Surface Water Management: Install permeable interlocking pavers for walkways, patios, sidewalks, playgrounds, recreation courts, aprons, and driveways that reduce runoff and pollutants.
Local Resource Use and Recycled Content: Most pavers are produced within 500 miles of the home and can include recycled materials. These features support indigenous resource use and reduce environmental impacts from transportation and natural resource extraction.
GETTING A QUALITY INSTALLATION:
To learn more about concrete pavers, visit the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute at www.icpi.org. To find an ICPI Certified Concrete Paver Installer or learn more about ICPI Certified Concrete Paver Installer Program, visit http://www.icpi.org/contractors/find_in staller.cfm.
To learn more about concrete pavers and installation practices visit the Portland Cement Association at www.concretehomes.com.