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Q:  Do I need to seal my Belgard Pavement?
 
Answer:   Your Belgard Pavement is a durable pavement and very resistant to the damage that spilled fuels or deicing materials may cause to other paving systems. Sealing is not necessary to preserve the strength or durability of your Belgard Pavement.

You may use a sealer to "deepen" the color tone of your pavement or give a "wet look".

Recommended sealer can help protect the appearance of your Belgard Pavement from oil leaks, tire marks or spilled liquids and foods.

Consult the section on Sealing before sealing your Belgard Pavement.
 
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Q:  How much should I expect to pay for a paver installation?
 
Answer:  

Understand that contractor pricing may vary as much as $4 to $5 dollars per square foot.  You can expect to pay any where from $10 to $20 per square feet for a residential application. 

 

Why is there such a variance in cost?  Here are some of the factors:

  • Contractor operating expenses (equipment, office, payroll, etc.)
  • Area labor costs
  • Area location
  • Existing soil conditions
  • Amount of base material needed
  • Accessibility to the job location on your property
  • Type of paver product  
  • Size and scope of the project
  • Complexity of the design, are there many cuts (circle packs, etc.)
  • Is the installation combined with anything else? ie plants, mulch, etc.
 
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Q:  Can freeze/thaw cycles damage pavers or slabs?
 
Answer:   No. Damage caused by freezing is virtually non-existent. Joints between concrete units (pavers, slabs, walls) allow them to move without breaking or cracking. The quality of the concrete used also allows each unit to withstand freezing.
 
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Q:  Removing stains from your Belgard pavment
 
Answer:  

If you plan to seal your pavement, it is best to first remove any stains then clean the pavement prior to sealing.

The following is a list of common stains and the procedure used to remove them. The list has been taken from Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute Tech Spec Number 5. In all cases, follow recommended procedures and practices and use the proper personal protection equipment.

  1. Asphalt and Emulsified Asphalt- Chill with ice (if warm outside) then scrape away as much as possible. For large areas use Belgard Paint, Tar and Rubber remover as directed. For smaller areas use Belgard Sealant Remover.
  2. Cutback Asphalt and Roofing Tar- Use Belgard Paint, Tar and Rubber Remover as directed. Blood, Candy, Ketchup, Mustard, FoodStains- Apply liquid detergent full strength and allow it to penetrate for 20-30 minutes. Scrub and rinse with hot water. Removal is easier if you treat the stains immediately.
  3. Caulking and Chewing Gum- Chill with ice then scrape off as much as possible. Make a poultice(paste) of talcum powder and denatured alcohol. Scrub area with poultice and stiff brush then rinse with hot water and strong detergent. If the caulking is acrylic latex, use Belgard Oil, Paint and Sealer Remover as directed.
  4. Clay Soil- Scrape off dry material then scrub with detergent and rinse with hot water.
  5. Leaf, Wood Rot and Tobacco- Apply household bleach and scrub with stiff bristled brush and rinse.

For additional information and technical specifications of cleaning solutions please follow this link to our Techniseal product section.

 
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Q:  Will the color of my Belgard pavement fade?
 
Answer:  

The color of your Belgard Pavement is a combination of the pigmented cement paste which holds the sand and aggregate particles together, and the natural color of the sand and aggregate particles themselves. When we manufacture our pavers, some of the pigmented paste covers the sand and aggregate particles at the surface of the pavers. A combination of the installation process, use and weathering over the first year or two will remove that paste from some of the particle surfaces,

resulting in a mellowing of the overall appearance of the pavement in much the same way as fine wood achieves a patina with age. The exposure of some of the sand and aggregate particles not only adds to the character of the pavement but also can enhance the slip resistance.We use synthetic iron oxide pigments, in all our Belgard pavers, which are very stable and fade resistant.

A perception of fading can occur when the phenomenon called efflorescence takes place.Efflorescence results when water soluble salts within the pavers are brought to the surface by moisture,then react with air to form small crystals on the paver surface. Efflorescence can manifest itself as as light haze or a white powder like coating. The phenomenon is quite common in most concrete products and some clay products especially those which incorporate mortar in their structure.Efflorescence is not harmful in any way and it is recommended that you allow the weathering process to effect removal. If for some reason you wish to hasten the process, you may follow the procedures listed in the section on cleaning.

 
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Q:  What makes up my Belgard pavement?
 
Answer:  

The successful combination of attractive, durable pavers, high quality support materials and the craftsmanship of an Authorized Belgard Contractor makes Belgard Interlocking Pavement Systems the best choice for your paving needs.

We manufacture Belgard concrete pavers in the most modern facilities to the exacting requirements of ASTM C936. This is the same standard which all commercial and industrial interlocking concrete pavers must meet. The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute certifies that all Belgard pavers comply with ASTM C936.

The material used by your Authorized Belgard Contractor to construct the base of your pavement must meet the standards of your state governing graded aggregate material. The bedding sand must comply with ASTM C33 or ASTM C144.

The Authorized Belgard Contractor who installed your pavement underwent training to use the proper materials and to construct your pavement using the guidelines and recommendations of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute. Your Authorized Belgard Contractor takes pride in his workmanship and provides you with a guarantee of his workmanship for a period of 5 years.

The Belgard interlocking concrete pavers used in your pavement are extremely durable. We manufacture our pavers using specific sands, crushed stone, cement, water and color fast pigments which provide most of the color. A computer operated machine, especially designed for the purpose,forms the concrete mixture into the shapes used in your pavement. We manufacture most Belgard pavers with a beveled edge around the top of the paver. The bevel, or chamfer, ensures that there is not ripping hazard if a paver happens to be slightly higher or lower than its neighbors. The chamfer also reduces the chance for chipping of the paver edge. You will notice that the surface of your paver is slightly coarse to the touch. This texture is to provide a safe non-slip walking or driving surface even when wet. The very dense structure of the paver minimizes the amount of moisture which can penetrate and cause damage during freeze cycles.

The contractor places the pavers in a sand setting bed surrounded by an edge restraint which keeps the desired uniform joint spaces between pavers and prevents the edge pavers from moving outward. The sand used to fill the joint spaces provides vertical interlock between pavers and allows the pavement to be have as a strong but flexible mat. Your Belgard Pavement features superior aesthetic value and far less maintenance than competing pavements.

 
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Q:  When should I seal my pavers?
 
Answer:  

You should never seal your Belgard Pavement until at least 60-days after installation. It is better to wait for a year. The time interval between installation and sealing allows the pavement t to mellow and any efflorescence to rise to the surface and be removed with Techniseal Efflorescence remover. Prior to sealing any Belgard pavement, remove stains, thoroughly clean, then let pavement and join sand fully dry. Re-sweep with sand if necessary.

 
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Q:  Are pavers and slabs slippery?
 
Answer:   No. Whether the ground is wet or dry, their texture provides excellent traction for pedestrians and motor vehicles alike.
 
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Q:  Can damaged concrete pavers be replaced?
 
Answer:   Yes. However, it would be wise for you to set aside a few extra pavers as replacements when doing the original installation. To replace a paver, remove the sand joint around the paver. Next, use two screwdrivers to remove the paver, and replace it with the new paver. Fill the joint with sand and compact the entire area using a rubber mallet.
 
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