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Hardscaping Frequently Used Terms
Hardscaping Frequently Used Terms
Is a term that applies to any solid surface material that is used in outdoor areas such as brick, cement, pavers, stone, etc. (Softscaping would refer to landscaping or softer materials in outdoor areas).
Base Material (Screenings)
One of the most commonly used terms in the hardscaping industry, because it provides the foundation. It is what lies beneath your pavers to help to keep them sturdy and in place. It is made up of a gravel base and a layer of sand or tiny stone chips. The correct materials and precisely calculated amounts help increase the longevity of your pavers, and the success of your install.
Pavers that are installed in a fashion that they surround the outer edge of your installation or landscaping.
A structural support that is installed around the perimeter of your patio to aid in preventing your pavers from shifting. This support is secured with long metal spikes to hold your pavers in place. In wall systems or pillars, glue is the structural support securing your blocks together.
A whitish film that can be found on the surface of paving stones. It arises from exposures to naturally occurring salts in both the base materials (screenings) and from the aggregates that are used to manufacture the paving stones. While it can be an eye sore, it not only fades with time, but there are measures that can be taken to remove it safely.
These are not load bearing or structural walls, meaning they don’t hold up a structure such as an embankment. They are typically less that two feet high and are designed for purely aesthetic reasons. Ex. A Patio or a garden.
Literally is a wall that is holding up a structure. Typically used as a structural or supportive wall to prevent earth from shifting through erosion.
Typically a height under two feet tall and used to provide alternative and additional seating to the regular patio furniture. Places you could build seat walls include: around a fire pit or water feature, on a small space patio, near a flower bed or raised garden.
Simply means to level out the land. Proper grading will assist with drainage, help to improve the aesthetics of your pavers once they have been laid, and strengthen the base for your patio or wall systems.
Is the paver laying pattern or design that is placed within a larger paved area.
Is the sand that is used to fill the joints between the pavers. Once it has been applied, it is activated with water and creates a tight bond to secure your pavers and aid in preventing weed growth.
Open Graded- Base
A system underneath a paver driveway that allows rainwater and other water to flow through it and return to the ground rather than overflowing storm sewers. It can also help to prevent lifting of paver after weather conditions change from freezing to thawing.
Concrete paving stones, tile, brick or brick like piece of concrete. These concrete pavers are used in outdoor projects to create decks, driveways, walkways, patios and more.
These products allow water and other liquids to flow freely through it.
What is the best method for shoveling my pavers without causing any damage?
What is Construction Residue and how does it affect the surface of my pavers?
* Santerra Stonecraft does not control construction residue and is not responsible for any claims in relation to this phenomenon.
What is efflorescence?
What is Polymeric Haze?
*Santerra Stonecraft has no control over this phenomenon and is not responsible for any claims in relation to said phenomenon.
Is it possible for weeds to grow between pavers?
Yes, it is possible for weeds to grow in the jointing sand between your interlocking pavers. Here are some tips to prevent this from occuring.
Preventing Weed Growth in Pavers
Weeds seem likes most inevitable backyard headache, but there are some measures to prevent them from rooting in between your pavers to begin with.
1. Properly installed pavers are installed into a tightly packed foundation of sand and screenings; weeds can be deterred.
2. Fill the joints between your paving stones with polymeric sand. This forms a protective barrier to help prevent weed growth.
3. Allot for proper sloping in a direction that flows away from your house. This will deter stagnant rainwater and reduce weed and moss growth on and between your pavers.
4. Routine sweeping of your pavers helps to lessen the chances of seeds from settling in the sand between your pavers and growing.
How do I remove weeds from in between my pavers?
Removing Weed Growth in Pavers
Are Weeds already taking root in your pavers?
Here are some quick tips for removal:
Remove large weeds from between the paving stones by hand, taking care to ensure you have gotten the entire root.
Using a pressure washer, remove the current polymeric sand from between your pavers. This also adds in removing some of the roots lefts behind. Please ensure that your pressure washer is on a low power setting so there is no damage to the paving stones. Water should be applied at a 30 degree angle, 12 inches away from the paver surface.
Some of the following DIY home based solutions can kill existing weeds and even prevent the growth of new weeds.
Create a mixture of 80% water and 20% dish soap and apply it to the entire surface of your patio.
Apply White Vinegar to the surface of your patio
Apply boiling water to the surface of your patio.
Finally, allow your paving stones to fully dry before refilling the joint with polymeric sand.
How do I remove moss from between my pavers?
Where do the weeds come from?
What are your pointers for power washing my pavers?
What are the preferred products to clean my pavers with?
What can I use for de-icing my pavers?
What type of gravel is used as a base for hardscaping?
Can pavers be installed over existing concrete areas?
What can I use to protect my paver surface when tamping?
Why should I alternate stones from various skids during the installation process?
Do wall installations over three feet in height need to be engineered?
Is adding joint sand necessary to the installation process?
Jointing Sand Installation Tips
Should I apply a protective sealant to my pavers?
How long after I apply polymeric sand should I wait to clean and seal my pavers?