The interlocking pavers has been said to originate from the Ancient Romans dating back to 2000 years ago. The Romans wanted to build roads from simple materials and construction. However, this simple system of road building was able to last millennia and centuries until today in various homes and properties.
Interlocking pavers, stone or concrete, offer an amazing landscaping material for your residential or commercial needs.
Interlocking pavers are a durable, reliable and low-maintenance alternative to other paving and landscaping options in the current market. They come in countless styles to enhance your property’s appearance, boost curb appeal, and increase the value of your property.
Before we take a dive into the benefits, let’s take a closer look at interlocking pavers.
What Are Interlocking Pavers?
The very definition of ‘interlock’ is to connect two parts, so that the motion of any part is restricted by another part.
As suggested by its name, interlock pavers are a type of paving material, commonly made of cement or concrete, that is connected together by a mixture of pavers, bedding sand, edge restraint and/or joint sand.
This special interlocking feature allows pavers to be easily installed without the use of mortar. When the installation is done properly, this combination becomes a unified whole, making it strong and durable for years to come.
Interlocking pavers are available in various colors and designs. They are modular, which means that they connect together to form a variety of beautiful geometric designs.
How Do Interlocking Pavers Work?
When the sand fills the interlocking joints, it helps hold the pavers together in two ways.
First, the small pits and holes in the stone interlock pavers through friction. The small gaps ‘join together’ and help unite the paving stones. The sand fills these holes, increasing the friction between the pavers even more.
Second, the sand itself, when properly compacted, gets very tight. Therefore, not only does the sand help the pavers stick together, it helps all the sand stick together as well because the closely packed grains of sand cannot move without great force.
When the entire structure is surrounded, it holds together as a whole even though the paving stones are not directly touching each other across their entire faces.
What Are the Benefits of Interlocking Pavers?
It is this strength and toughness that makes paving stones such a great option for homeowners and commercial property owners. For instance, interlocking patio pavers can withstand the constant pitter-patter of feet and the damaging effects of weather due to this strong bond.
Interlocking pavers are so strong that they will withstand the actions of vehicles – parking, sitting, accelerating, and so on. The surface is also quite flat, so it’s easy to plow or shovel snow off of as needed.
Interlocking pavers will not crack, chip, flake, shrink or expand as the stones evenly distribute the weight and are flexible with the ground expanding and contracting. Regular asphalt and concrete pavements are quite rigid, so when the ground shifts, these tend to crack.
2. Easy to repair
Unlike paved asphalt and concrete, interlocking stone is affordable to repair. When pavers get damaged, simply remove and replace the affected area. Concrete and Asphalt damage has to be cut out and either replaced with an asphalt patch or freshly poured concrete.
3. Low Maintenance
Instead of spending a lot of time and money with regular upkeep for grass lawns, interlocking stone pavers offer a low-maintenance landscaping solution. This alternative is not only easy to clean but it ages well to give a beautiful finish all year long.
4. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye
Interlock pavers come in a variety of colours, patterns, textures, shapes, sizes, and stone finishes. Due to this reason, they can suit any home and landscape design, enhancing the overall appearance and curb appeal of a home.
For a new and improved look to your home, consider the many benefits of working with interlocking stone pavers for your residential landscaping design this summer.