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Q: If I am working in new construction on a green building, how can you help me with the paving or parking areas to make my project more "GREEN" and obtain credits for LEED, And how expensive is iy compared to normal paving?
A: Water permeable pavers over a certain time period even are more affordable the traditional forms of paving, a well engineered job, could eliminate the need or use for any underground storm water control, such as drains, culverts or even retention ponds. This can increase parking areas, or even buildable land if properly designed and installed. Water can not only perk back through towards the aquifer, or even be stores as grey water for irrigation or other re-use.
Q: Do we need a permit for the work we are interested in?
A: In some cases yes, but rarely, all municipalities are different, we will work you and your local building official to make sure your job is being installed according to all codes and specifications.
Q: What do I do about the existing driveway we have now?
A: We are set-up to install your new project 100% inclusive, that means we tear out your existing concrete or asphalt, and take it to an accredited recycling facility for re-use as base rock or other products.
Q: How do Pavers outperform concrete and do I need base rock under my project?
A: We highly recommend base rock, especially on motor vehicle applications, but when we do our on-site estimate we will analyze your site conditions and give you our recommendations. Interlocking paving is a misleading term. What actually constitutes interlocking is really a dynamic function containing three different components. They are "rotational interlock" (resistance to tipping) "horizontal interlock" (resistance to spreading) "vertical interlock (resistance to sinking)". So, that means for lasting quality you need good containment, good sub base and proper paver thickness. In some cases a thicker paver is used for vehicular applications, and the possibility of a thinner paver for patios. Interlocking pavers are installed as a system, and base rock is important, some companies will quote you without it, only opening you up for repairs or damages at later time.
Q: When you quoted me a price, you had options for gray cement or white; can you explain that to me?
A: Pavers made with grey cement are generally in earth tone colors and blends and good for driveways and common areas as they hide dirt, tire marks etc. Pavers made with White cement are good for patios, pool decks etc, they are generally in pastels or light blends and colors, white cement pavers are also much "cooler" as far as heat generation, the ability to sit on them in the sun. This doesn't mean you can use white cement pavers on driveways, they are slightly higher in price, but it all depends on your color scheme and budget.
Q: What other options should I look at?
A: Tumbling or antiqued, this is when the manufacturer tumbles the material in a machine that chips, and makes the pavers look more like a traditional cobblestone worn through time. There is a small up-charge for this, they look great when installed, are very forgiving as far as scratches and stains and tend to hide a lot. We also can install pavers upside down; this gives it an old world look, but costs no more than a regular installation.
There are so many different things to know about pavers, and how they perform, we can discuss all of this with you when we sit down throughout your project, or call your design professional that is handling your project and he will walk you through any questions or issues.