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Grosse Pointe Paver Patios – Quality Brick Paving (248) 837-9991

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Grosse Pointe Paver Patios

Pictured above is one of our Grosse Pointe Paver Patio projects!

Landscaping and hardscaping is a simple yet worthy investment that can boost the value of your home significantly. However, not all types of landscaping and hardscaping will give you a good return on your investment. Paver patios however have increasingly gained popularity and have become a worthy investment for any homeowner wanting to enjoy the outdoors and increase their property value.

Potential buyers are attracted to a home with an appealing and well-maintained yard. Man-made additions and improvements to the yard and outdoor space can help negotiate a higher price when reselling your property.

An attractive paver patio allows you to creatively utilize available space for fun outdoor activities such as family gatherings, parties, and cookouts. This not only allows you to spend quality time with friends and loved ones around the house but can also increase your homes resale value due to its aesthetic appeal. When asked to name the top 10 most attractive features people look for in a home they intend to purchase, buyers often mention patios. In fact, most potential homebuyers admit that they would willingly buy a home at a premium if it had a beautiful patio.

Paver patios allow for several popular designs. There is the circular pattern which is rows of pavers laid in a circular fashion and spaces between them filled with sand or mortar. The circular pattern can be great for large driveways.

The herringbone pattern consists of pavers that are laid down in alternate directions to form a V shape of 45 or 90 degrees. Restaurants with outdoor seating as well as other entertainment venues often add this design pattern to their outdoor space because of its ability to handle heavy traffic.

The European fan pattern is popularly used across Europe (its origin). This pattern is challenging to lay, but it looks beautiful in residential and commercial establishments.

The running bond pattern is perhaps what you see the most. It is commonly used by homeowners because it is sturdy and forms linear lines. The labor and cost that goes into installation make it ideal for small areas that you want to appear larger.

It is no secret that patios can increase the overall value of your property. So what makes them great? To begin with, you can easily access your outdoor living area once you step outside the door. Investing in some lounge chairs or typical patio furniture means you can break away from your busy routine without having to leave the vicinity of your home.

With a paver patio, you can make your cooking more exciting by moving it from the regular kitchen to your backyard. A few burgers on your grill and you are ready for a memorable evening. Paver patios are prime locations for family time and outdoor entertainment. Just add your iPod or smartphone and some modest speakers, and that’s enough to supply the music needed to make your evening. Transform your quiet outdoor patio space into a lively entertainment area with little effort.

While paver patios are an incredible home addition, it is not recommended to build a patio that fails to blend in with the rest of your home or property. For instance, creating a massive patio in a confined yard space leaves little to no area for grass or green vegetation, and this might work against you and fail to add extra value to your home. Similarly, a large yard space with a little paver patio will look ridiculous and fail to attract potential buyers. It is crucial to observe proportionality when building a patio. Patios can be of varying sizes, but ensure their size suits the amount of space you have left in your backyard.

Patios are not standalone structures. They are part of the entry to or exit from your house. Perhaps what has made paver patios so popular is their ability to blend well with the structure they are added to. They are often built close to the kitchen area for easy access when food is ready to be served. In fact, many people build patios as an extension of their kitchen so that they can efficiently serve food in the patio area.

If you are considering adding new hardscaping to your property, a paver patio is a great way to go.

For an experienced and trusted Grosse Pointe Paver Patios service, call Quality Brick Paving at (248) 837-9991 for a free quote. 

source: realtytimes.com

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Facts About Bricks and Brick Paving:

Texture

The surface texture of brick is very important to its overall appearance. Identically colored brick can look dramatically different simply by adding texture. There are a variety of textures available including wire cut and torn face (rough texture). Texture can also be created by applying coatings, machine made impressions, or other mechanical treatments.

The distressed and uneven textures frequently seen in handmade and wood mold brick can be simulated at a less expensive price by mechanical treatments. Mechanically treated extruded brick sometimes known as “tumbled brick” may have superior structural properties when compared to handmade and wood mold brick.

Tumbled and Rumbled Brick

Tumbled Brick are brick that are tumbled down a ramp prior to the firing process that gives the brick a “no-two-are-the-same” handmade look with the properties and color selection of today.  Rumbled Brick are brick that are tumbled down a ramp after the firing process that gives the brick a weathered old world look with the properties and color selection of today.

Color

The color of brick is determined by the raw materials it contains and the method used to fire it. Additives blended into the clay mixture can create color completely through the brick body. Sand coatings, ceramic slurries and other additives can be applied to the face of the brick to create different surface colors. Changing the firing temperature will also produce different shades of color from the same raw materials. Flashing is one method of firing brick which burns some of the brick darker. These flashed brick add color range and highlights to many styles of brick.

Mortar

Mortar represents approximately 20 percent of the total surface of a wall, so picking the right mortar color is very important to the overall look of your home. Different mortar types and specifications are required for various applications and climates. The most common is called type S and is naturally gray in color. Mortar can be tinted to blend or to contrast with the brick color. It is important to keep mortar mixing and tooling practices uniform, especially when using colored mortar. A slight variation in mortar color can have a dramatic effect on the appearance of a finished wall. Also, sand color will affect the finished look of your mortar color. Lighter color sands are generally recommended for lighter colored mortars. Inquire about the common sand colors in your area. ¨The mortar joint is also an important factor in the appearance and functionality of the wall. “Tooling” the joints help seal the wall surface against moisture penetration. The concave, vee, and grapevine joints are best for exterior construction. These joint types compress the mortar at the surface and are the most weatherproof. Other joints are acceptable for interior use.

Matching

Mother Nature did not make soil and clay consistently one color. When manufacturers mine raw materials, the clay and shale composition will change slightly as the mining location shifts. This subtle change creates a color variation each time the clay is fired and helps give brick its warmth and character. So, every run of brick (any color) varies somewhat from the last run and can vary dramatically over a period of years. Plus, brick will weather in the wall and as a result it is impossible to accomplish a perfect match when adding on to an existing building, but we can generally get close.

Brick Cleaning

The Four Basic Steps for Proper Brick Cleaning are:
1. Remove all excess masonry particles with a masonry tool or fiber brush;
2. Use plenty of water and thoroughly soak the wall;
3. Use the recommended cleaning product and carefully follow directions;
4. Rinse the wall thoroughly with water. Some brick cannot be wet cleaned. Check the brick tag or with the brick manufacturer for any special instructions before you begin cleaning.

Common Brick Terms

Allowance – $ Amount per thousand for brick allowed for in house estimate
Bullnose – Brick with one rounded end
Cement – The adhesive ingredient in mortar
Course – Horizontal row of bricks
Cube – Typical brick package; bricks stacked on one another bound by steel or plastic bands
Full Head & Bed Joint – Mortar joints filled from front to back
Joint – Gap between brick in wall, typically 3/8″ wide and filled with mortar
Jointing – Process of sealing mortar joints while the mortar is thumb print hard
Mason Sand – Fine granular sand with round particles used in mortar
Splits – Half high brick used to balance courses in a wall
Soldier Course – Row of bricks stood on end with its long face perpendicular to wall’s length
Stretcher – Brick laid with its long face parallel to a wall’s length
Wall Flashing – Flexible material used to direct water to weep holes
Wall Ties – Metal strips placed into mortar joint and attached to wall
Weep Hole – Open vertical joint between bricks allowing water to drain from behind wall

Pavers

Base Layer
We recommend a base layer of 4” of compacted crusher run gravel (8” for a driveway) and then a setting bed of 1” of concrete sand (not masonry sand).  This should provide a long-lasting stable base for your pavers.  Laying pavers directly on the ground is not recommended.

Sealers
Clay paver color is permanent.  Sealers are not recommended or necessary for long-term durability or color stability.  In fact some sealers can actually harm the performance of the system.

Moss & Weeds
The existence of moss is an indication of poor drainage (in a shaded area) as the saturation of water creates an ideal environment for growth. The best solution is to keep the area dry by improving drainage or elevation although these remedies may not be practical. For moss and organic growth removal, a three-to-one solution of water and chlorine bleach is recommended or a one to one dilution in severe cases.

Weed growth in flexible base paving systems is common in lower traffic areas. Contrary to popular belief, growth takes place in the sand joint and not from underneath the pavers. Weed killer such as Round Up will handle existing growth while a pre-emergent weed killer can be used in the spring as a prevention measure.

Joint Sand
Joint sand is the key to providing interlock between pavers and providing cushion between the pavers to prevent paver-to-paver contact and chipping.  The sand joint between pavers should be between 1/16” and 3/16”. Concrete sand that has course and angular particles is recommended over mason sand which has rounder finer particles.  The joints need to be completely full of sand to function properly and promote interlock in the system.  If the sand joints between your pavers are not full then it is important to add more sand to prevent pavement failure.  A proper installed base and edge system that drains properly will go a long way towards maintaining full joints.

Joint Sand Stabilization

For the vast majority of applications we do not recommend using joint sand stabilization products.  If you do decide to use a joint sand stabilizer, we typically recommend moisture activated joint sand stabilizer and cannot stress enough the importance of the pavers being completely dry and the pavers being sweep and blown completely free on any residual stabilizer prior to activating the product.

We do not recommend a portland cement and sand mixture because the cement tends to get stuck in the small crevices of the pavers and subsequently stain.  Efflorescence is also a concern when using a portland cement and sand mixture.

Efflorescence
Efflorescence is a crystalline salt deposit on the surface on the pavers that is caused by the migration of contaminated water through the pavers that result in a white or gray powder on the surface of the pavers.  The most common source of efflorescence is the use of deicers like rock salt.  If you are going to use a deicer we recommend pure magnesium chloride as it will not cause efflorescence.

The simplest remedy to efflorescence is to allow the efflorescence to run its course provided that the paved area has good drainage. In a flexible base application, after 6 months, 90% of the water will run off the paving surface and away from the pavers versus down through the joints. This change should help carry the salts in solution away from the pavement. In all cases, free salts dissipate eventually and the problem goes away for good, generally within 18 months.

Efflorescence can also be removed quickly by dry brushing and then vacuuming up the powder or with clear water and a stiff brush.  The crystals are superficial and do not affect the durability of the pavers, but may reappear.

Cleaning Pavers
Pressure washers are not recommended for use on flexible base applications. The pressure washer tends to remove joint sand which compromises interlock. We suggest using a stiff application brush and a normal pressured garden hose.

Removing Stains From Pavers
For general cleaning, we would recommend EaCo Chem’s NMD 80 or SureKlean 600.  Do not use muriatic acid as the acid concentrations can vary from container to container and higher acid content can produce more stains.

The cardinal rules for cleaning brick are to always pre-test a small area first (preferably in a hidden area), pre-wet the area with water and follow directions carefully.

Sand Set vs. Mortar Set Paver Systems
Both systems have their own unique beauty and appeal.  Sand set paver systems are cheaper to install than mortar set paver systems and are also much easier to install.  Both systems are durable for many years when installed properly, but sand set pavers have better long-term system durability than mortar set pavers because the mortar joints will break down and create weaknesses in the system over time.
source: pinehallbrick.com

Quality Brick Paving and Landscaping provides top rated Brick Paving Contactor in St. Clair Shores MI and surrounding areas. Please call us at (248) 837-9991 to schedule a free estimate today!