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Hardscape FAQ

To get the most enjoyment out of your new hardscape installation, please follow the below care. For your convenience, you may also download our hardscape FAQs as a printable PDF.

What makes the paving stone that Parker Homescape uses the best choice for patios, driveways and walkways?

We install pavers that are ideal to withstand the toughest freeze/thaw environments. Our skilled hardscape team is trained to properly install the pavers to give you a product that is rigid yet flexible. Joints between pavers allow your hardscape to move without cracking. Specific pavers can be easily removed to allow for repairs or access to utilities. Unlike asphalt, the pavers we use are virtually maintenance-free and do not need to be regularly sealed or replaced! The pavers are 3 times stronger than regular poured concrete and have a maximum water absorption rate of 5%. You can use a patio, walkway or driveway immediately after compaction and the sweeping in of the jointing sand.

Will de-icing salts damage my pavers?

No. Our high-density pavers resist deterioration from de-icing salts that are applied at the proper application rates.

Will snow plows damage or dislodge my pavers?

No. Properly installed paving stones fit tightly together and form a uniform surface that presents no problem for plows, snowblowers and shovels.

Do pavers lose color after time?

For long lasting, durable color, our concrete masonry stones are saturated with color throughout – not just on the surface. Dirt, normal wear, and weathering may appear to change color over time. Cleaning and sealing can restore and enhance color.

Why are they called interlocking concrete pavers?

It is the system that makes them interlocking, not some special shape or design. When installed properly, the combination of pavers, bedding sand, Accu-Edge edge restraint and joint sand creates the interlocking that provides a unified, flexible pavement.

If a paver gets chipped or damaged, can it be replaced?

Yes, very easily. Pavers normally can be pried out with two flathead screwdrivers.

What is the white deposit that sometimes appears on pavers and wall blocks?

The white deposit is probably efflorescence, which appears naturally on any concrete or masonry product. Surface moisture draws out these naturally occurring salts. Efflorescence is not indicative of a flawed product and will dissipate over time. The best course of action is to allow weathering to remove the efflorescence. It can also be removed with specifically designed chemicals that treat the surface salts. However, these do not stop the process and the efflorescence can reappear. If using chemicals, please carefully follow the instructions because they are caustic and can ruin the stones.

Should I seal my pavers?

A sealer offers some advantages. It helps resist stains, enhances the color and can bind the sand to the joints making it difficult for weeds to germinate. Sealers are not permanent and must be reapplied every three to five years

Can I use paving stones on my pool deck?

Yes. Pavers make extremely attractive pool decks while providing a slip resistant surface to walk on. Pavers are better than poured concrete because the joints will take on moisture and leave the pavement cooler to walk on. The lighter a stone color, the cooler it will be because of the sun’s reflection.