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How Many Years Do Pavers Last?
Anytime you embark on a home project, you want to be sure that the time, work and financial investment you put into it will pay off down the road. One of the first questions homeowners ask when they are considering concrete paving stones for their outdoor project is, “How long do pavers last?” The answer may surprise you.
Concrete pavers are manufactured to last a lifetime
Concrete paving stones like Unilock paver products are crafted under extreme pressure to ensure strength and durability – for life. In fact, manufacturing standards of Unilock pavers far exceed industry standards set by ASTM, CSA and European organizations.
Even in the rare event that a single paving stone cracks or chips, it can simply be replaced. The interlocking design makes it easy to remove one or more affected pavers, level the ground beneath, and insert new pavers without losing functionality.
What’s more, you won’t even see a variation in appearance between old and new pavers. Thanks to Unilock EnduraColor™ technology, which protects the surface from fading, you can be assured of a perfect match no matter how much times goes by.
The biggest enemy of concrete pavers is poor installation
What lies beneath the surface of your pavers is the most critical part of every paver project. Preparing the base requires proper excavation that takes soil type and site drainage into account, using the right amount of fill and grading it properly, and finally compacting it to form a solid base.
A poor installation can lead to pavers shifting or cracking, affecting the overall integrity of your project. You may have drainage problems, which can erode the soil under your pavers causing them to sink or cave in. That’s why it’s so important to work with a professional installer to ensure you have a solid foundation that will last for the life of your pavers.
Consider the pavers installed at the Fire Hall on Yorkville Avenue in Toronto in 1974. Forty years later, the pavers were still intact and enduring the rigors of daily fire truck traffic. When the decision was made to replace the pavers, testing of the foundation determined that no modifications were required. New pavers were installed on top of the existing base, which had been laid over four decades earlier! That’s the true value of a good installation that supports pavers for life.
To be sure that you’re choosing the finest quality, durable pavers, ask about a lifetime guarantee. Unilock was the first concrete paver manufacturer in North America to offer a Lifetime Guarantee over 45 years ago, and still stands behind every stone today.
Choose concrete pavers with confidence knowing that your investment today will be beautiful and functional for life. Contact an Authorized Unilock Contractor to get started on your dream paver project.
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