Interlocking represents the inability for your pavers to shift or move once they are compacted into place. This is accomplished by the spacers that are visible on the outside edges of the stones. Sharp Angled Bedding Sand and Polymeric Joint Sand is also utilized to obtain 100% interlocking between all of the stones.
The manufacturing process including many colors, sizes, shapes, enhanced styles & textures all add to the cost of pavers. Another reason pavers cost more is due to their heavy labor requirement to satisfy certified installation method requirements.
While sealer is technically not required by ICPI, it is heavily suggested by the paver industry. The 3 most tangible reasons include: It hardens the sand in between your pavers preventing weeds. It adds another level of stain protection. And it retains the color longer in sunny envoironments.
Polymeric Sand is not required by ICPI but is also suggested by the paver industry. This type of sand is lighter and creates less dust. It also hardens when watered down in effect "grouting out" the sand in-between your pavers. Pool Decks require Polymeric Sand to prevent run off into the pool.
The short answer: Very Little. Pavers are the closest to a "set it and forget it" style of hardscape you can install. Pavers can also be taken up by each stone to perform underground repairs if necessary. No more saw cuts and repairing concrete than never matches afterwards. However, just like all hardscape, pavers will require routine cleaning every 5 years on average.
Yes really. Most manufacturers will warranty their stones against cracking or breaking for a minimum of 25 years to their lifetime. This is due to the fact that paves are mandated to be 8000+ PSI. Concrete will ultimately crack generally falling in-between 2000-4000 PSI depending on cost.
All of our Artificial Turf products are completely free of lead content. We will gladly provide you with certificates of analysis and Manufacturing Material Safety Datasheets on all of our turf products. We also provide turf samples for your HOA as most will require both of these items for consideration.
Turf may get hot when direct sunlight is applied for long periods. A quick water shower cools it down quickly however. Additionally, turf can melt from energy efficient Low-E window reflections. Please make sure you discuss this with your contractor as neither of these issues will be covered under any warranties.
Face weight is the number of ounces of grass fiber per square yard in the face of the turf. Face weight does not account for the weight of the backing. Face weight is one (but not the only) feature that impacts performance and durability. A grass with a higher face weight may have fibers that are thicker, that are more densely stitched or taller fibers.
Pet owners have added features and responsibilities to reduce pet waste smell. This is accomplished with specific anti-microbial infills that we install. Additionally, using a pet deodorizer every few months also helps. However, the biggest defense is making sure to pick up the solid waste once it has dried and to water down your turf as needed depending open the size and number of pets.
This one is a 50/50. If you have pets, then it's advisable to keep them so you don't have to water down the turf daily to keep the smell down. This will reduce one of the few maintenance requirements with turf...daily hose down sessions. However, if you don't have pets, the the best practice is to have the system removed to prevent potential future system failures.
Not much. No watering. No Mowing. No weeding. Depending on your use levels, you may want to hand broom or power broom every so often to stand ups the blades. Your turf comes with a 15 year warranty against excessive fading or discoloring.
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