Why Installing Pavers Over Concrete Is a Bad Idea
Installing pavers over concrete defeats some of the main benefits that you get with pavers.
Once you understand how pavers work, you will find that removing concrete before installing pavers will ensure a long-lasting pavers driveway, patio, pool deck or walkway.
Flexibility of pavers
Pavers are designed to be flexible with the surface. They are installed so they can move with the earth as the temperatures warm and cool.
The individual installation of pavers makes it possible to complete repairs with as little disturbance as possible.
Concrete cracks because of its lack of flexibility. Each crack can be a challenge to repair and would cause issues with any products installed on top of the concrete.
The right foundation extends the life of the paver project. The paver installation process will involve the removal and replacement of unsuitable soil with materials like geofabric that help make the pavers work better and last longer.
Choose a pavers contractor who provides a strong foundation and high quality materials for your pavers project. The best process involves digging down 6 to 8 inches beneath the ground. The soil and roots that are removed are replaced with a gravel base and bedding sand. These materials create the foundation that will provide your pavers installation with the lasting results you desire.
The removal of old concrete can be easier than trying to install on top of an existing concrete base.
Trying to install a new house on an old foundation can cause many issues. The foundation already has its weaknesses and its issues that will cause problems with the new installation. Old concrete provides many of the same challenges to a pavers installation. if the existing concrete will be crack or break because of the earth soil movement – The entire pavers installation integrity will be affected. A clean start provides the best results.
It may seem like the easier path to install pavers on top of concrete. In the long run, removing the concrete will provide the cleanest and strongest path for your paver installation.
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