Longwood-based concrete company ACCG, Inc. installs concrete pavers for satisfied clients across central Florida. As a top Orlando pavers contractor taking pride in our paver installation expertise, we want to be your paver company; adding durable functionality and pleasing aesthetics to properties large and small.
Real stone pavers are regarded as the best paving material; but concrete pavers are a close second. Although not as strong as genuine cobblestone, concrete pavers are more durable than clay brick pavers. Concrete pavers are available in numerous colors, shapes and sizes; thus, homeowners have a plethora of options for such driveways, patios and other complements to homes and landscapes. Concrete pavers can work well with most any home design; however, the look tends to be uniform rather than random. Orlando pavers installed by concrete company ACCG, Inc.
Concrete pavers installation starts with removing existing paving, excavating grass and loose soil and generally preparing a building site. Next, a gravel base is laid down and compacted thoroughly, followed by a layer of sand. A basic pavers driveway consists of one inch of sand covering four to six inches of gravel; however, for driveways that need to accommodate heavy vehicles, a base of 10 to 12 inches is recommended. Plus, it’s graded with a slight slope to facilitate water runoff. Once a base is ready and set, edging is installed along the sides of a driveway to contain and to keep the tightly positioned pavers snug. Pavers can be cut with a masonry saw to position correctly at edges and corners.
Upon all of the pavers being down, the entire new surface is compacted with a motorized plate compactor to set the pavers firmly into the sand base. Paver sand is swept across to fill in joints between pavers; and the surface is then compacted yet again to ensure joints and gaps are fully filled. This entire paver installation process creates a more rigid and monolithic structure; also providing more traction when wet vs poured, smooth concrete. Pavers can be removed and replaced.
Conversely, poured concrete like concrete slabs are typically plain concrete (unless stained or stamped) and require a curing period until setting firmly; and slab foundations can’t be removed and replaced like individual pavers. Poured concrete slabs that crack or heave just can’t be fixed as successfully, for any such repair efforts will be permanently visible and instead necessite replacement. In addition, poured concrete projects often require heavy equipment to install vs the relatively smaller and easier-to-handle concrete pavers.
With proper maintenance, concrete paver driveways (having up to 50-year lifespan) usually outlast poured concrete (having a 20 to 30-year lifespan).
Clearly, concrete pavers are an extremely popular building material utilized to form driveways, sidewalks, patios, walkways and other durable surfaces. They're sometimes called "cement pavers," but that term is a bit misleading because cement (typically Portland cement) is a main ingredient in all concrete, -- but not exclusively. Concrete contains sand, aggregate (like gravel) and water; plus numerous additives for color and specific performance traits.
"Concrete paver" is an example of the overlapping meanings in the concrete construction trade, for many people use the activity of "concrete paving" and the building material "pavers" interchangeably; thus, both terms are listed on this page.
Concrete pavers (aka cement pavers) are comprised of dry concrete mix containing cement, sand, gravel and pigments. During manufacturing, the wet mix is poured into molds of numerous shapes and sizes that are then vibrated to compress the concrete prior to curing. The resulting, durable and strong pavers can withstand a minimum pressure of 8,000 pounds per square inch vs. approximately 3,000 pounds per square inch of pressure using standard poured concrete. The pavers are produced to high standards, thus creating a resilient and uniform product that's actually a stronger driveway than poured concrete! Learn more about pavers by clicking here.
Longwood-based ACCG, Inc. concrete company is proud to be a locally owned and operated Orlando pavers contractor doing concrete paver installation, and we look forward to serving you and other customers throughout Orlando and central Florida with the outstanding quality of work for which we're known!
Longwood, FL-based concrete contractor ACCG, Inc. accepts payments for our services via Zelle & credit card, too!