Still having a hard time thinking through what kind of patio you want? We understand. Patios are a big investment and there are a lot of options to choose from. So, check out some of the most common questions we are asked by new customers and see if you can find the answers you’re looking for. If you don’t see your question below, or you have specific questions about your project in particular, contact us!
What makes concrete pavers better than poured or stamped concrete?
From our standpoint, patio pavers are great because they are easy to work with and create beautiful hardscapes. Homeowners love them for their variety of style and color options, as well as for the fact that they are much more affordable than natural stone. Another great benefit to consider is the overall durability of the pavers and their tolerance for changing weather conditions. Concrete is known to crack during freeze-thaw cycles, while pavers don’t – thanks to their flexibility. And when it comes to repairs, it’s much easier to replace one broken paver than to remove the entire cracked concrete slab.
Is a permit needed to build a patio?
Although by definition a patio is not a tall enough structure to require a permit, in certain cases a permit may be needed. For example, if the current grade needs to be significantly altered or if stairs and retaining walls need to be added, your project will likely require a permit. But in either case, you don’t need to worry about a thing—we will take care of all the permit paperwork for you!
How do I stop weeds from sprouting between my pavers?
Weeds can be a major concern when it comes to concrete pavers. However, an experienced Maryland patio contractor will fill the gaps between the pavers with polymeric sand. Unlike the regular sand, polymeric sand hardens and bonds to surrounding surfaces, making it much more difficult for weeds to come through. It may need to be reapplied in a few years, but it should last a while.
Should I seal my patio?
It depends on what kind of patio you have. Poured concrete patios require sealing every 2-3 years. Natural stone patios may also need to be sealed periodically, depending on the type of stone used. Concrete paver patios, on the other hand, are made to last a long time without any sealants. Sealing a paver patio is optional and can help keep the stains from penetrating into the surface. However, a sealant may also create a slippery surface. You should talk to your Maryland patio contractor first to learn about all the pros and cons of sealing in your particular case.
Can I pave my driveway with pavers?
You certainly can! But you have to carefully select the right pavers and hire a professional to perform the installation. Your driveway will require special preparation of the base material to ensure that it lasts a long time even under heavy use. Although you could cover your driveway with the regular pavers, consider using the permeable ones to better manage surface water runoff.
What are permeable pavers?
Permeable pavers may come in several different designs, but all of them have the same ability: to let the water run through them, rather than collecting on the surface or streaming to the side. There are usually tiny gaps between such pavers to achieve this goal. Permeable pavers are perfect for driveways of any size. To prevent grass from growing through the openings, these pavers should be installed on a stable aggregate base, and the joints should be carefully filled.
Have other patio questions we haven’t covered? Just give us a call or contact online for a consultation.