Has your driveway/walkway/patio run its course? While concrete is a durable substance, regular wear and tear can tarnish your paving look in a couple of years.
For homeowners in Tampa, Florida, upgrading to paving stones by tearing up existing concrete seems costly and time-consuming.
The good news is that you can improve your home’s curb appeal by installing pavers over your existing concrete.
At Resource Pavement Group, we specialize in pavement and concrete solutions. Click here to learn more about our services.
Benefits of Pavers
Concrete is an affordable and cost-effective solution for walkways, driveways, and commercial properties as well. However, it is also prone to cracks. And while there are ways to repair concrete damage, paving stones are rapidly becoming popular to fix old and worn out concrete surfaces.
One of the notable benefits of using paving stones is that they are available in various styles, colors, patterns, and textures. This adds to the beauty of your concrete paving and grants you the opportunity to customize your driveway’s look to your preference.
Another benefit of pavers is they are easy to install, which means you don’t have to wait for days to use your driveway again. Moreover, paving stones are easy to maintain and repair as well.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind when installing pavers over concrete.
How to Install Pavers over Concrete
As mentioned above, pavers are a great way to rectify surface damage. However, paving stones are not a solution for structural damage. So before you start paving stones over your existing concrete, you have to check whether it is in good shape.
Check if the surface is smooth and ensure there are no large cracks.
It would help if you considered whether there is sufficient space to add paving stones without blocking entry points in your home. This is necessary to avoid people tripping on your driveway.
How to Install Pavers on Concrete
The first step is to clean the surface. And when we say clean, we don’t mean sweeping off the debris.
Instead, you have to use a pressure washer to clean the surface from dirt and debris thoroughly. Once the surface is clean and dry, you can look out for signs of damage.
If the surface is smooth enough, the pavers have to be glued down with mortar or a concrete adhesive. The next step is to add a layer of gravel on the concrete. You can even use sand for this process.
This should cover the entire area where you want to install the pavers. This thick layer is necessary to drain water away from the surface.
The final step is to lay down the pavers evenly on top of the gravel. Once installed and cut, add some polymeric sand to interlock the paving stones.
So that’s about it! You can definitely add pavers over concrete provided that the underlying base is sturdy enough.
Click here to have Resource Pavement Group inspect your property in Tampa, Florida, to determine whether it’s OK to install pavers.