Interlocking Concrete Pavers
If you’re dreaming of a new outdoor space that’s attractive, long-lasting, and easy to maintain, add interlocking concrete pavers to the top of your to-do list. Interlocking paver stones come in a huge range of design colors, patterns, and shapes to help you create an outdoor space that’s everything you want it to be, from vintage to classic to ultra-modern. Regardless of the age and style of your home, there’s a concrete paver out there to complement it nicely
What Are Interlocking Concrete Pavers?
Interlocking pavers are ones that have been manufactured to fit tightly together. Because of this, they’re more durable than other types of pavers, and may be suitable for placement in driveways or even commercial areas, where foot traffic or parking frequently occurs.
When you complete a project with interlocking pavers, you create a unified look. This is part of what makes them ideal for large projects. When you stand back and view an outdoor area that has been designed using interlocking concrete paving stones, you notice the overall appearance of the space, instead of each individual paver.
Modern renditions of cobblestone streets, paved plazas, and many courtyards are prime examples of the use of interlocking pavers. But they’re also beautiful and durable choices for residential design.
Why Choose Concrete Pavers Over Other Options?
What Does It Mean
to Be ICPI Certified?
ICPI is an acronym for the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, and paver contractors who are ICPI certified have earned approval for their abilities to install this type of segmented concrete. It’s not easy to become ICPI-certified. To earn this professional distinction, installers must attend an ICPI-approved course, pass an exam, and complete a minimum of five projects and 10,000 square feet of installation within five years of completing the course. They can then apply to become ICPI-certified.
Installers who hold this prestigious certification have proven their skills and mastery in the manipulation of interlocking concrete pavers. When you’re searching for a professional to help you create your own outdoor space using segmented concrete, make sure you choose a technician who has earned their ICPI certification.
Applications for Concrete Pavers
There are as many applications for concrete pavers as there are homeowners to dream about them. Concrete pavers are ideal for residential projects such as:
Pavers We Love
Manufactured to recreate the appearance of those time-worn cobblestone streets of Europe, Belgard Old World pavers feature a cleft top that closely mimics natural stone. It’s available in a solid collection of colors to help you recreate that vintage appearance you envision.
A popular paving stone with endless applications, Angelus Antique 1 and Angelus Antique II have a delightful “bread-loaf”-looking top and old-world charm.
With a luxurious texture, no one would guess the Angelus Pavilion I & II paving stones aren’t real flagstone. Combine that with the much-more durable concrete pavers and you have a winning combination.
With chiseled-texture and defined random contours, Belgard Urbana® is bold choice that gives outdoor spaces the appearance of timeworn stone but with the durability of a concrete pavers.
It comes in a 3-piece modular package with an optional Xlarge stone to take complex patterns
A larger-than-life tumbled paving stone option from Angelus’ Natural collection introduces bold, rustic character to outdoor spaces with non-chamfered sides and a textured top.
Gently timeworn with antique edging Belgard Dublin Cobble concrete pavers combine an elegance frozen in time with a functional look reminiscent of Mediterranean villas.
Courtyard uses a four-stone combination to create a beautiful variety of layouts for both residential and commercial applications. Durable enough for driveways and parking areas.
The unwavering lines and flat texture of Belgard Catalina Grana® generate an alluring modern look, perfect for garden pathways and patios alike. The spackle of natural color tones, and visual texture nurture creativity and energy.
Concrete Pavers vs Concrete
Compared to poured concrete paving, paver installation does have higher upfront costs, but it lasts 3-5X longer than poured concrete
Cheaper upfront costs, but should be replaced every 10 years if you care about aesthetics
If one of your interlocking pavers were to crack, you only need to replace that one paver to restore the space to “like new”
Can be repaired, but it looks repaired
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The benefits of paver stones over other types of paving options are impressive. They’re relatively easy and quick to install. They add resale value to your home, and they provide safe, convenient access to your outdoor spaces without fear of guests slipping on wet pavement or becoming mired in mud.
Natural stone, brick, and concrete are the top three choices for today’s outdoor pavers. Of the three, concrete paver stones are usually the best choice.
Interlocking paver stones are engineered to fit tightly together in your landscape. The pavers are not held in place by traditional mortar. Rather, a filler material, usually sand, is swept between the joints to add friction and pressure. As a result, interlocking pavers are actually held in place by each other, and their design helps distribute weight evenly across a larger surface.
Unlike large sections of concrete slab, concrete paving stones have small surface areas that make them more resistant to cracking. They’re much easier to install and to replace than slabs, yet they feature the strength, durability, and beauty of concrete. Paver stones are typically an economical choice for residential paving projects, as well. And they come in a diverse range of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures.
When installed by professional paver contractor, interlocking pavers can withstand up to 8,000 pounds per square inch of pressure. In comparison, concrete slab is capable of handling 3,000 PSI of pressure. This is one reason why interlocking pavers are popular choices for many commercial projects, including crosswalks, pool decks, and parking plazas.
Interlocking pavers installation is not less expensive than pouring concrete. Installing concrete paving stones require extensive design and project planning, expert preparation of gravel or sand base layer, and the hand laying and leveling of individual paver stones. This can take days or weeks as opposed to preparing and pouring concrete, which happens in one to two days.
Interlocking pavers look expensive, but they’re really quite affordable. And they can last upwards of 50 years with routine maintenance. And if a section of pavement becomes stained or damaged, it’s easy enough to remove and replace it. For these reasons, most consider concrete paver stone installation to be well worth the initial investment.
In most instances, interlocking pavers last longer than large areas of poured concrete. They’re less prone to temperature changes and the shifting, cracking, and breaking that often happens as a result. Paver stones are also better at preventing pooling of water that can wear down a textured surface over time.
Interlocking pavers installed by professional pavers contractor do increase property values, though some projects pack more punch than others. For example, a paver stone patio is usually more valuable to a prospective buyer than a paver planter wall, and a nicely paved front walkway adds more curb appeal than a backyard fire pit.
Thicker paver stones are not necessarily better. It’s important to match the paver to the project. For instance, if you’re overlaying concrete slab with concrete pavers, thin pavers are required. Your paver contractor can help you decide which pavers are best for your intended application.
Concrete paver stones typically hold less heat than concrete slab because of the spaces between the joints.
While you can apply certain types of sealer to restore color to faded pavers, many sealers are clear. Though they go on dark, they dry much lighter.
You may see an occasional weed pop up between interlocking pavers. However, weeds are the exception and not the rule. Because sand or filler is packed so tightly between the joints of interlocking pavers and the pavers have been placed on a prepared base (usually crushed stone), weeds are unlikely.