Introducing the newest paver to hit the Jacksonville market- Tremron's Bluestone. This new paving stone is a modular paver that is now the largest on the market. This exciting new shape has a stone-like texture on the surface of the paver and a slightly wider joint. This system is comprised of 3 pieces: 6" x 13", 13" x 13" & 19" x 13"!Though only a small quanity of the new pavers have been produced, Tremron will offer this new paver in eight of its most popular colors in the weeks to come to customers in the Jacksonville area.
Moderna Pavers of Jacksonville has been designing and creating beautiful brick paver and retaining wall projects in Jacksonville backyards for many years. They also specialize in brick paver driveways and other large scale projects with an all in-house approach and impressive equipment array. You can visit the Moderna Pavers website for more information and photos showcasing their work.
Who could predict that the antiqued, time-worn, distressed look of tumbled hardscape materials in Jacksonville would be as popular today as the simple, smooth-faced pavers in the early days of the concrete brick paver industry? The more refined edges and corners of the un-tumbled pavers in various paver shapes such as Tremron’s Olde Towne can be beautifully designed and installed to resemble the subtle look and appearance of cobblestones, but not without the uniform “new” look.
Many of today's property owners desire a more rustic finishing touch. Patios, driveways, walkways, pool decks, plazas, grand entrances and streets laid with tumbled pavers can look as if they have gracefully survived decades for decades. Modern style vs. old world, smooth vs. textured, crisp-edged vs. weathered, the pull is sometimes toward a more natural stone-like appearance, reflecting a desire for a classic sense of permanence and elegance. The rustic tumbled or antiqued paver retains much of the benefits of a typical un-tumbled paver, it still has the ease of installation, cost effectiveness, and durability. Overall, a little more cost and a little more maintenance are the only drawbacks. There are multiple shapes and sizes of tumbled products to meet a vast array of architectural themes.
How does tumbling effect cost of the paver installation? First, it requires an additional process in manufacturing. In years past pavers would be tumbled in a huge drum, similar to one you would see on a cement mixer truck. The pavers are slowly turned over a period of time, sorted through, and restacked to be ready for delivery. This process is time consuming and can add from .50 to .75 cents per square foot to the material costs once breakage loss is factored in. A newer in-line tumbler has been added to many manufacturing plants recently making this process more streamlined. The second cost factor involves installation. A joint sand stabilizer must be used to protect the wider, irregular, tumbled joints. This can be done with polymeric sand, which has polymer binding agents that harden the sand lock it into the joints. Polymeric sand can add up to .80 cents per square foot to your Jacksonville paver project, depending on the particular product selected.
How does installation of a tumbled paver vary form a traditional paver? The process is mostly the same. The paver underlayment and sub-base are prepared in the same fashion. It may take about 10 percent longer for a tumbled paver installation, for the polymeric sand installation.
What are the maintenance and upkeep considerations for tumbled pavers? With traditional un-tumbled pavers, the paver sand is “out of sight, out of mind” the joints are so small that the sand stays in place and requires very little maintenance, maybe a cleaning and refresh every few years. With the polymeric sand, the joints and corners of the pavers are wider, making almost a grout-like appearance. The polymeric sand will slowly break down over the years and need replacement. The voids also allow more of an opportunity for the germination of airborne seeds and more of an opportunity for ants and insects. Since polymeric sand does not allow the passage of water through the joints of the pavers the joints will develop mildew or mold much faster.
Other considerations? Although most tumbled pavers are ADA compliant, be prepared for a rougher, slightly less uniform surface. Take into consideration anything that would be rolled across the paver surface form a wheelchair to a skateboard. Un-tumbled pavers are generally considered fine for basketball, some tumbled pavers may affect the bounce.
Tumbled pavers blend harmoniously into most residential or commercial settings and complement the equally strong current trend toward natural surfaces in segmental retaining wall products. Although developed for use in standard concrete paver applications, there are some considerations to acknowledge when designing a project with tumbled pavers.
Clay vs Concrete has been a difficult question for many Jacksonville homeowners and property managers for years. It can be difficult sorting through all the myths and misconceptions out there, particularly since there may be some loyalty or preference for the person or company you are working with in one or the other.
The truth is, there are valid advantages, limitations, and weaknesses on both sides of the coin.
In each case, installation skill and technique is a very important factor no matter what pavers you choose for your patio, walk, courtyard, or driveway. Choosing a skilled paver contractor who knows how to handle and install the pavers is crucial. When installed properly, either option will provide many decades of service.
The manufacturing process of concrete pavers will accommodate a much greater variation of colors, sizes and shapes than clay. By comparison, just in Jacksonville - concrete pavers can be made in more than 45 different colors and 25 different shape combinations. This flexibility creates an almost endless array of design options. With clay, more choices of color and shapes are slowly becoming available, however presently; you have the traditional 4 x 8 paver, and 2 piece cobble available in a dozen or so colors.
The strength and life cycle of the two pavers are still up to some debate. Both materials have the compressive strength and moisture absorption ratings to withstand 30 plus years of service under normal circumstances. Clay pavers are much more prone to chipping and cracking with a heavy loading such as a driveway application. You will almost never see a clay paver project that has been in place for some time that does not have corners missing and a slight “rough” feel to it. Concrete pavers will erode slightly over time, similar to poured concrete - if you have rain running off a roof or a drain pipe, a fraction of an inch of concrete will wear off the surface after many years, exposing some of the aggregate. Neither of these issues is considered to be serious problem or defect.
Color longevity, or colorfastness is another important factor in your choice of pavers. To correct a common myth about concrete pavers; every concrete paver manufacturer in Jacksonville uses a color through process with pigment mixed all the way through. So the argument of ‘color all the way through’ and wearing off the surface doesn’t apply. However, a viable point is the Ultra Violet resistant properties of pavers. The nature of a clay paver will resist fading longer than an untreated (un sealed) concrete paver. Some overall fading will occur in both concrete and clay pavers. The cost factor of sealing should be factored into the overall life cycle cost of concrete pavers.
Have you ever seen a driveway that was 30 or more years old? Did you notice how you could see a lot of the aggregate (stone) peeking out from the concrete? When concrete is poured, it has aggregate stone spread homogenously throughout the mix. As that mix is worked into the forms and flattened, a ‘cream’ comes to the surface, hiding that aggregate. Little by little, over a period of years, traffic on the pavement wears tiny particles of that top layer, exposing the aggregate underneath. This is what happens slowly over time with concrete pavers, too. That cream and pigment are slowly worn off the surface of the paver, exposing a sometimes white colored aggregate, giving the appearance of ‘fading’. Some manufacturers make their pavers with a darker aggregate so this is less noticeable. While this isn’t really fading, it is changing the appearance of the paver. This process can be slowed with the application of an acrylic sealer. Many of these sealers also help protect concrete pavers against UV breakdown of pigment, though this is much less of an issue compared to simple wear and tear.
Many clay paver makers sell pavers that do, in fact, have color throughout. And most of the time it's the same color as the one you see on the top of the paver. There are also times when the center is gray, while the rest is brown. And often in sand-molded clay pavers, the pigment is only in the top 1/8" of the paver. You can see the top color of these two pavers is very different, but the inside is virtually the same. So when choosing this type of paver we like to make sure the client will like it now, and later when the pigment begins to wear off.
Another topic is the texture options of pavers. Concrete pavers have surpassed clay in creating a palette of different paver textures such as tumbled, textured and antiqued. Until recently, you only had one choice with new clay pavers: smooth. Clay pavers are now offered with tumbled and textured edges and the new sand-molded clay pavers that look as though they were installed 100 years ago.
In general clay pavers are more expensive than concrete. While this difference can sometimes be substantial, in Jacksonville average paver choice affects the price of a project by 15% to 20%.