Restoring or Replacing Pavers

You have likely spent close to a small fortune on installing pavers at your home in the past. That’s why you’re probably asking yourself now if you should restore your pavers or replace them. This decision can be challenging, which is why we’re going to look at the difference between these two options so that you can determine which is best for you. 

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Fortunately, regardless of what decision you make, whether you choose to restore or replace your pavers, our team at SunCoast Flooring Solutions can help. We have the experience needed to evaluate the conditions of your pavers and give you our professional opinion. Without further ado, let’s dive into the world of pavers. 

How To Determine If You Should Restore Or Replace Your Pavers

Below we have provided a brief guide on determining if you should restore or replace your pavers. 

  1. Firstly you need to critically assess the current condition of your pavers. Often if your pavers are not in too bad a state, it would be less expensive to restore them. If your pavers are in good structural condition with no significant cracks or breakages and you want a new color or pattern, they can be restored to look phenomenal again. 
  2. Next, you will need to consider the base of your pavers and how they were initially constructed. If you notice a lot of movement in the pavers at your home and there are large areas that have heaved or settled, there is likely a significant issue with the base. Unfortunately, if your base is unstable, any repairs you make won’t last, and restoring your pavers could be futile. Often in this instance, it may be best to replace them. 

How Should A Paver System Be Constructed?

Often many paver installers or homeowners will take shortcuts when initially installing their pavers. This could cause the structural integrity of the pavers to fail much faster than it would if the correct process had been followed initially. 

Essentially your pavers need a solid foundation to stand the test of time. Below we have briefly discussed the paver installation that should be undertaken if poor construction is an issue with your pavers.

  • The paver installer will begin by excavating and compacting the sub-base. 
  • After this has been done, a minimum of 4 to 6 inches of crushed stone is spread and compacted on this sub-base layer. This is done a few times to ensure the proper density is achieved. 
  • If your home has poor drainage or soil, a geogrid fabric will be incorporated into the base stone layer. 
  • Once the sub-base layer is ready, a 1-inch layer of bedding sand is placed on top of the stones before the pavers are laid upon it. After the sand has been applied, the pavers can be placed on top and cut in. 
  • Notably, an edge restraint is installed around the perimeter of your newly laid pavers to ensure no shifting occurs. 
  • To ensure no movement occurs and to set the pavers evenly, they are vibrated with a plate tamper. 
  • Lastly, polymeric sand or similar is swept over the pavers and vibrated into the joints to ensure an interlock between the pavers is created. 

 At SunCoast Flooring Solutions, we occasionally see poorly constructed pavers that must be completely rebuilt. Although it’s often expensive to replace your pavers, it will save you money in the long run. 

Fortunately, in most instances, we can repair and restore your pavers even if there are a few minor issues with the base of your pavers. Repairing and restoring your pavers will be more cost-effective and allow you to spruce up your outdoor look. 

When you’re ready to have a professional paver to evaluate your paver situation, you can get in contact with our team at SunCoast Flooring Solutions. We can help you determine which option is best for you and give you an affordable quote. You can contact us online or call us at 941-201-1149 to speak with an expert flooring specialist.

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