The most common pavers are made of concrete, but some are made of brick. The concrete pavers can be made into different colors by mixing die with the concrete while still wet. The concrete pavers can also have different patterns and textures applied in molds to set while the concrete dries. The molds can also give a wide variety of shapes available for these pavers. All these qualities make the concrete pavers able to be used to make all different kinds of patterns and designs to customize any walkway or driveway.
Creating a walkway or driveway with pavers will take a considerable amount of time, especially depending on the amount of man-power available. The type of equipment used will also have a great toll on the amount of time needed. If a digging machine or an excavator is used, the time needed to dig will not be nearly as long as opposed to digging by shovel. Also if its just one or two people doing the work compared to a whole group, the time frame will also considerably change. A typical hired group would be about four to five men and will take approximately a week to complete the driveway.
When creating a driveway with pavers, the area that will be set will need to be dug out approximately te10n to 12 inches. The area will need to be leveled as much as possible to make the best surface area for the driveway. For best result in this, a temper machine should be rented to stamp down the ground and each layer of materials before placing the pavers. After the ground has been leveled out, a layer of gravel about 4 inches high should be placed down and then tempered out to a level plane. This should then be followed by sand, also about 4 inches high, placed on top the gravel and then tempered out.
The final process is setting up the patterned design of the pavers. A drawn out plan should be made first to decide how the pavers are going to be placed. The edges of the driveway or walkway should be set up. Then the pavers should be layed down in the desired pattern, making sure they are set as closely together as possible and pushed down into the sand. Once the entire area is set, a layer of sand is put across the entire area and swept off and into the cracks to hold all the pavers into place securely.
Customizations that can be done are growing considerably with the popularity of creating a paved driveway. One device that can be incorporated in the driveway is having a mat placed between the pavers and the layer of sand. This mat will be circuited with electricity that would be ran to the home or garage. When turned on, it will heat the mat which will then melt any ice or snow that has built up on the pavers. While this new customization is an expensive alternative, it has a great benefit especially to the colder areas.
The great thing about deciding on a paved driveway or walkway is that since the pavers themselves are small blocks, almost any size area can be covered with this method. The patterns made is the only thing that may need to be altrered based on the size of area that is being covered. A large circular area can have more distinct designs made whereas a small walkway or rectangle area would stick with a more regulated pattern that can be repeated without much significance to the exact area where each paver is placed.