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Pavers for Businesses
Commercial buildings have many of the same kinds of needs as residential buildings, but on a larger scale. Naturally, commercial buildings also have unique needs as well. For instance, most homes do not have a loading dock that needs maintenance.
Paving for businesses, especially large shopping malls, stadiums, office buildings, and apartment complexes, has to both look good and take extraordinary wear and tear. We have the right pavers and expert team to take care of your commercial paver needs.
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Commerial Pavers – General Features
Commercial paving contractors have traditionally used construction materials like asphalt and concrete, both of which have a relatively low initial cost. Asphalt needs routine maintenance, including patching cracks and yearly application of sealer. If you are expecting very heavy use, concrete will work better. However, stone has the longest lifespan of all. Hard stone, like granite, can be suitable for high traffic areas. For all-around performance and affordable paving, using pavers for commercial buildings can be advantageous, like those found with Paved 2 Perfection.
A commercial paving supply company will use current techniques and materials to make effective, large, paved surfaces. They will make pavers as molded or cut portions of brick, concrete, or stone. They can have simple shapes like rectangles, or more complex shapes, such as pentagons or octagons. Depending on the paver material, a wide range of colors and textures are available too.
A paved structure is installed much like tiles are laid on a floor or wall. The installation is done one unit or paver at a time. The big advantage of pavers over poured concrete or asphalt comes from being individual units, and how they are placed during installation.
Concrete pavers can be much more resistant to cracking than poured concrete, and they can be stronger. Having individual units means that future cracks and ripples will be limited to specific blocks, and will not spread across an entire sheet of poured concrete. Pavers can also gain extra strength by being interlocked. Since pavers are placed close to each other, with sand placed between the joints, they have additional strength and resist cracking.
Commercial pool deck pavers have the same basic characteristics as those used for home pool decks, but are more robust. Since pavers see heavy use in commercial applications, they must be more resistant to wear and tear. That can be accomplished by using concrete or brick materials suitable for those conditions.
Other factors come into play with commercial pool pavers too. They must be as resistant to fading and staining as possible, as appearance is paramount in a public facility. Whether it is fading by exposure to sun, or constant drenching in chlorinated water, the pavers must retain their original color and appearance. That can be done by using coatings, which can last five years. This is in opposition to sealers, which only last about one year.
Commercial streetscape pavers are used to make sidewalks look less monotonous, especially in a city’s downtown area. Streetscape pavers can be used as borders, edging, or additions to improve the appearance of concrete. One common application is to use a single row of pavers to mark a border around a metal grating for a tree in a sidewalk.
Streetscape pavers are more than just decorative. Pavers must be set to the same level as the concrete sidewalk, or they can be trip hazards. Also, it is necessary to consider the differences in how pavers absorb water, stain, fade, or shift over time, compared to concrete.
Commercial sidewalk pavers are used on public property, like parks or public libraries. They are also used on large private properties, like shopping malls, or private parking lots. In any case, sidewalk pavers must have extra strength for high traffic use and be able to conform to code.
Functionality is key for pavers serving the busiest locations. Concrete pavers can resist the damaging effects of freeze-thaw cycles, and various forms of earth movement, that could cause shifting. With sand-filled joints, paver cracking is minimized, which is crucial to large surface areas. Brick pavers can also be used for commercial sidewalks, as they also resist wear from high traffic.
In areas where stormwater runoff is a problem, permeable pavers can reduce the amount of water shed after a hard rain, making a retention pond unnecessary. It can also benefit the environment by returning water to the soil underneath the pavers instead of wasting it as runoff. Reducing runoff can make more area available for commercial use, as well as removing the need for a storm sewer system.
Commercial landscape pavers are used more for artistic reasons than strictly functional, though they can be part of a useful structure. Here, pavers with a natural appearance are integrated into a decorative design to enhance aesthetics or to create a work of art. One of the more common functional uses for pavers in landscaping is as part of a system to deal with rain runoff. With the correct permeable pavers, water is taken down into the underlying ground and reused, instead of being siphoned off into a storm sewer.
True beauty can be created with commercial landscape pavers, especially those made of polished stone colored to match and accentuate natural stone for rock gardens, beds, and even lawns. As artistic creations not meant to bear traffic, they will retain their beauty for a long time.
Commercial retaining wall pavers are the same as pavers used for walkways or sidewalks, but put to a different purpose. Besides the necessary reason of keeping soil from shifting, retaining walls can be made to look attractive and stylish. The right kind of paver can complement other structures on the property. It is best to try to pair the retaining wall made with pavers with a flat structure constructed from pavers.
Generally, concrete pavers are used for retaining wall construction. People tend to favor those that look like stone. Natural stone pavers are also used. In our opinion, segmented brick pavers can be the best choice, as they allow you to design a wall with curves. In instances where large retaining walls are necessary, such as in parks, parking lots, and apartment complexes, these structures are particularly attractive.
Our friendly and expert team is looking forward to learning more about your needs. For more information about our commercial paver supply company, please contact Paved 2 Perfection.