Concrete pavers cement their place in homes and businesses
When you think of beautiful home and business designs, concrete may not be the first word that comes to mind. The word itself often conjures up images of boring grey and rough edges.
However, concrete is one of the building blocks (pun intended) of modern construction.
In fact, research from Auburn University posits that concrete started being used for building as far back as 193 BC.
Since then, it’s gone on to bring everything from bridges to skyscrapers to life.
But there’s a big difference between poured concrete and concrete pavers.
Made by pouring a mixture of concrete and a coloring agent into a mold of your desired shape and allowing it to set, concrete pavers can be the ideal outdoor flooring surface for your home or business.
Thankfully, rough grey pavers are a thing of the past, allowing home and business owners to create sophisticated, appealing designs at an affordable price. Not only are pavers more affordable than stone, they don’t sacrifice aesthetics for practicality.
Rising above the competition
Let’s face it, cost is always an issue when it comes to choosing what materials to add to your home or business.
This is just one area where concrete pavers soar above the competition, as they’re typically less expensive than natural stone, and can even cost less than brick.
Variety is another area where concrete pavers excel. These products can be made in numerous shapes and styles, even mimicking the look of natural stone. From color to size, the only limitation is your imagination.
Finally, concrete pavers can be used for a wide array of applications.
Walkways, patios, sidewalks, driveways, pool decks, entranceways, around fountains – the sky’s the limit.
Unfortunately, concrete paving can also be vulnerable to stains and structural damage, making proper surface protection essential.
Paver surface protection
Concrete paving is very porous. This means that it can be stained easily if it comes into contact with liquids such as water and oil.
This vulnerability also makes it very susceptible to efflorescence.
You see, efflorescence is an issue for all cement-based building materials, including concrete pavers. These materials contain many grams of water soluble salts, and when water penetrates the surface of the material, the salts dissolve. Then, when water escapes to the surface and evaporates, the salts are left behind, creating an unsightly film of fine powder that can be white, brown, green or yellow depending on the types of salt.
Fortunately, there are ways to help protect your concrete pavers from efflorescence and other issues related to porosity.
One option is STAIN-PROOF Original, an impregnating sealer designed to protect natural stone, tiles, pavers, concrete and grout from damage caused by water, salts and oil-based stains. Another option for home and business owners is DRY-TREAT 40SK, specially designed for softer, more porous materials.
DRY-TREAT 40SK is an invisible and breatheable sealer that can not only help protect against water and salts, but also assist in consolidating friable surfaces.
However, if you’ve turned to colored concrete pavers to give your home or business a little extra pop, you may want to consider INTENSIFIA. This product offers deep, long-lasting color enhancement to porous surfaces, including concrete pavers.
In addition to bringing out the best of your colors, it also provides premium stain protection – the best of both worlds!
Basically, there’s no shortage of options to help keep your concrete pavers looking great while also making surface cleaning that much easier. So next time you’re thinking about which material to use outside your home or business, be sure to give this option some attention.
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