What is the general timeframe for projects?

Every project is unique and timing depends on many factors including: the accessibility of the property, the condition of the land and the complexity of the work. And of course, Mother Nature is always a factor.

What can I do to get started?

There are a few logistical tasks to consider before you break ground.

  • Acquire any permits required by your town and/or homeowners association
  • If you have pets that use the space, an alternative play and potty area is recommended
  • Contacting your neighbors as a courtesy can help avoid grievances during construction

What should I know when hiring a professional?

Choosing a contractor is an important step. You should make certain they are fully licensed, have their ICPI installation certificate and operate with project insurance. You can also request previous work samples and references before making a decision. Fortunately, Belgard Authorized Contractors have all been screened and approved by Belgard, so you know you’re in good hands.

What will my contractor expect of me?

Professionals will ask that you focus on items including: budget, timing and project vision. Knowing what you want and sticking to it will ensure project success. You’re not expected to have detailed opinions on pavers, colors and pattern—those are elements you’ll work out together.

How do pavers compare with patterned or stamped concrete?

Concrete pavers are stronger than ordinary or stamped concrete. Patterned concrete pavements are merely slabs of concrete that are embossed with a pattern. This type of pavement is prone to cracking when freezing and thawing occurs. Stamped concrete requires an expansion joint every 10 feet, which may be distracting in the pattern you are creating. As well, repairs to individual units or underground utility problems, can be difficult, costly and result in an unattractive patch.

Why do concrete pavers make the ideal pavement?

Pavers are ideal products for any freeze/thaw environment. Proper installation of the product results in a pavement that is firm, yet flexible. The joints between pavers allow the walkway, driveway, patio, etc. to move without cracking. In addition, they can be easily removed to allow for repairs or access to utilities.

**Information courtesy of http://www.belgard.com and http://www.oakspavers.com.