How Failing To Compact Will Ruin Your Paver Project

If you have read some of our other blog posts, you know we’re huge advocates of “do it once and do it right.” This is because we have seen too many jobs go awry due to a step being missed during the paver installation process. This critical step is compacting the base. A proper compact will help maintain your project’s integrity,protect jointing material, and keep your outdoor patio or walkway looking sharp for a long time.

Techo Bloc Blu 80 Smooth Compact Base


Interlocking pavers
are made to be flexible, meaning that they will move, mold and mimic to any settling or shifts in the soil or base. If they are installed over  an improperly compacted sub-base  they are not going to stand the test of time.

Not to mention there are other variables that can exacerbate the issue of paver settling and moving on an improperly compacted base,

  • Weather: Freeze/thaw cycles can wreak havoc on a paver installation that was improperly compacted. Each void within the sub-base serves as a place for water to potentially settle. When this water freezes it will expand and cause the pavers to heave; when it thaws, the pavers will settle (but likely not evenly), eventually creating an uneven surface.
  • Car on paver drivewayTraffic: Driveway pavers that sit on top of poorly compacted areas will shift and compress over time. The weight of a vehicle will depress pavers into the weak spots, resulting in unattractive (and potentially dangerous) ruts and grooves on the surface.
  • Joint Failure: While polymeric sand is designed to be self-healing and flexible, it will not perform as intended if it’s installed on an improperly compacted job. Radical shifting and movement of the pavers will eventually cause paver joints to crack and fail over time.

Uneven Pavers from improper compact base

 

As you can see the resulting compression and shifting of the pavers on an awfully compacted base will quickly lead to problems … many of which can lead to redoing the whole entire thing. So do it right the first time to avoid costly repairs in the long run.

 

 

Compact Base with Plate CompactorQuick Tips To Ensure Proper Base Compaction:

  • Have the proper base depth. The guidelines are to dig about 4 to 6 inches for pedestrian walks or patios and 8 to 12 inches for driveways.
  • Use the correct base material. It is recommended to use a granular course stone        0-3 ⁄4″, otherwise known as “dense grade” for the base and to use concrete sand as the setting bed.
  • Don’t compact material all at once. Most  plate compactors will not compact any more than 4” of base. If you try to compact 6” of base, you will only compact the top 4” and the bottom 2” will settle. It is best to compact your base in lifts of 3″ – 4″.

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You can find dense grade, concrete sand, premium pavers, polymeric sand, and all the necessary materials needed to build a successful patio, walkway, or driveway at TLC Supply in Quincy, MA. Please visit our website to see even more hardscape and masonry products!

The experts at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just leave your questions in the comments below!

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2017 Techo-Bloc Contractor Showcase Massachusetts

Techo Bloc 2017 Contractor Showcase Massachusetts

Don’t forget to sign up for the 2017 Techo-Bloc Contractor Showcase!

2017 Techo-Bloc Contractor Showcase Massachusetts

The seminar will be led by Pete “Paver Pete” Baloglou, director of sales, education and information at Techo-Bloc, and will cover everything from new products, installation methods, and best practices. Plus you will have the chance to network and strategize with colleagues, vendors, and suppliers.

Massachusetts Seminar Dates:

  • Feb 17 Hyannis
  • March 07 Westborough

The complete list of Contractor Showcase dates is viewable online at techo-bloc.com, where it also is free to register.

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TLC Supply in Quincy, Massachusetts is your #1 Techo-Bloc authorized dealer! We have an extensive Techo Bloc inventory and a large outdoor patio display featuring Techo-Bloc’s premium paving stones and walls. Please visit our website to see even more hardscape and masonry products ranging from bluestone,granite,brick,natural stone,block,sand,cement, and much more!

 

The experts at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Send us an email to info@tlcsupply.com or leave your comments below. 

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Using Porcelain Outdoors

Porcelain Pavers

Versatile. Durable. Stunning.

With a new year comes positive change and new trends! With that said one outdoor trend that is gaining traction is the use of porcelain pavers or “slabs” for patios, pool decks, walkways, and driveways.

If you don’t already know, patios are becoming increasingly popular and it’s very easy to see why. Home additions such as outdoor living spaces can bring a lot of benefits to homeowners such as more quality bonding time with family and friends and of course the added increase in home value. The versatility, durability, and aesthetic beauty of porcelain is a definite trend to keep in mind when designing your patio.

High Performance

Mirage Outdoor Porcelain Tile Porcelain Pavers

Porcelain slabs are excellent in terms of strength, resistance, reliability, and safety. They can withstand incredibly high breakage loads (up to 2,000 lbs) and can be placed virtually anywhere – dry laid on grass, gravel, dirt and sand or onto terraces and roofs.

Additional Benefits of Outdoor Porcelain:

  • Frost resistant
  • Acid resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Scratch proof
  • Durable
  • Responds well to changes in temperature and inclement weather
  • Colors will not fade
  • Moss or mildew resistant
  • Easy to maintain and clean
  • Easy to work with
  • Environmentally friendly

Unparalleled Beauty

Porcelain comes in a variety of attractive finishes, harmonious colors, sizes, and thicknesses.  You can choose from a wood grain mimic to something with more profound nuances or intricate veining details, or select a piece that is simple and minimalistic. Each slab is unique and will compliment any landscape pallet.

Belgaard Hardscapes - Ardesie Porcelain Tile by Mirage Porcelain Pavers
Belgard Hardscapes – Ardesie Mirage Porcelain Tile
Belgaard Hardscapes - Na.Me Porcelain Tile by Mirage Porcelain Pavers
Belgard Hardscapes – Na.Me Mirage Porcelain Tile
Belgaard Hardscapes - Quarziti 2.0 Porcelain Tile by Mirage Porcelain Pavers
Belgard Hardscapes – Quarziti 2.0 Mirage Porcelain Tile
Belgaard Hardscapes - Sundeck Porcelain Tile by Mirage Porcelain Pavers
Belgard Hardscapes – Sundeck Mirage Porcelain Tile

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If you would like to explore the idea of using porcelain slabs for your patio please visit TLC Supply, Inc.

If you liked this page be sure to share it with all your friends! And for even more inspiring paver patios as well as backyard DIY projects and outdoor entertaining ideas follow us on Pinterest!

Before you go check this out! You may even like our post 10 Unique Hardscape Ideas!

We are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Send us an email to info@tlcsupply.com or leave your comments below. 

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Ice Melt Safe For Pavers & Stone|Mr. Magic Premium Ice Melt

Mr.Magic Premium Ice Melt

Mr. Magic Premium Ice Melt

 Our #1 Recommendation for Protecting your Hardscape and Masonry During the Winter Season.

Mr. Magic Premium Ice Melt, Mr. Magic

Your hardscape project is a big investment so it is important to protect it all year round. Failure to do so during the winter season can result in some serious problems. For example,

  • Water can freeze leaving an ice cover on the patio for anyone to slip and fall on.
  •  Freeze and thaw cycles can crack pavers and stone. As the ice and snow melts it becomes salt water that seeps down through tiny crevices in the stones surface and freezes. When the water freezes it expands and forces the crevice to become larger leading to cracks and spalling.
  • Using the wrong blend of ice melt can contain harmful chemical compounds that can deteriorate stone and concrete surfaces.

Our #1 recommendation to preserve the beauty of your pavers and other hardscape/masonry projects is Mr.Magic Premium Ice Melt.

Mr. Magic outperforms other ice melts because it works fast and has a great residual effect, preventing further ice from forming and melting snow as it falls.

Mr. Magic Premium Ice Melt, Mr. Magic
Mr. Magic Premium Ice Melt

Mr. Magic is safe enough for the environment, concrete, brick, natural stone, decking, and pets, but it is effective enough to keep working at temperatures down to -25° Fahrenheit, when other ice melts stop.

How is that so?  Mr. Magic’s  unique formulation consists of a special blend of five biodegradable ingredients; potassium chloride (a fertilizer), calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, and sodium chloride. And it is coated with calcium magnesium acetate. This makes it safer and more effective than conventional rock salts.

The orange coloring of Mr. Magic is an added safety bonus because it allows you to see exactly where its been placed so you don’t over or under apply! And it won’t track into your home.

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50lb bags are available at

TLC Supply, Inc. 

36 Vernon Street

Quincy, MA 02169

617-773-0055

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If you liked this page be sure to share it with all your friends! And for other great tips to prepare for winter check out this helpful article from Houzz.

The experts at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Send us an email to info@tlcsupply.com or leave your comments below. 

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How to Prepare Pavers for the Fall and Prevent Leaf Stains

Treat and Prevent Unsightly Leaf Stains on Your Paving Stones this Fall!

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As you may have noticed during autumn, once the leaves start falling they can leave behind leaf stains on concrete sidewalks. This staining can happen to your pavers too. Protect your hard earned investment and prevent those unsightly stains by sealing your paver patio, walkway, or driveway!

Why do leaves stain concrete?LeafStainonConcrete

Leaves and pine cones contain organic pigments that give them their color and when they decay they release a dye referred to as tannins. The word tannins originated from the German word for Oak tree and it was commonly used to tan leather. Tannins are also responsible for turning water brown when you steep a cup of tea. The staining from leaves occurs mainly in autumn when the leaves are decaying causing the tannins to react with the alkaline found in concrete.

How do you prevent leaf stains on concrete?

Sealing your pavers with a siloxane/silane sealant will help combat the staining. But bear in mind that not all sealers are created equal. Some sealants just create a film over the pavers and do not provide a breathable barrier for moisture to escape. We recommend choosing a water-based sealant with a siloxane/silane blend.

Why choose a silane/siloxane blend?

Siloxane based sealers penetrate deep into the capillaries of concrete pavers and brick. The chemical bond that the siloxane and silane creates inside the microscopic pores acts as a resin. It minimizes the sizes of the capillaries so that it is smaller than a water molecule which provides the repellency.

Penetration deep below the surface also means that your pavers will not lose protection if they are in a high traffic area. Sealers that sit on top on the paver can be eroded with heavy foot or vehicular traffic.

Siloxane/silane blends will also be 100% breathable. Concrete can absorb water 2 ways, from the surface and from the soil beneath it. These sealers will allow interior water to evaporate while also keeping surface water from penetrating into the paver. This is very important because sealers that do not allow the paver to breathe will trap moisture which can cause water to freeze and break the paver or brick during the colder months.

In conclusion,PreventLeafStainsonPavers

Sealing your pavers will act as a supplement to prevent the tannins from penetrating deep into the stone. You should take proactive measures to maintain your landscape by raking leaves before the pigments penetrate too far deep into the pores of the concrete and power wash stains whenever possible. The longer you keep the leaves on your patio to rot the harder it will be to remove the stains.

If it is too late and you need a detergent cleaner to help get those stains out we carry Paver Clean Paver Wash® by SRW.

Creating curb appeal with hardscaping is a big investment so protect it the right way the first time by choosing high quality, professional grade sealers. When sealing your hardscape be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions very carefully and wear protective clothing and eyewear.

TLC Supply carries several professional grade detergents and breathable siloxane/silane sealers that can help prevent leaf stains. We also carry a wide selection of premium pavers from Techo Bloc, GenestBelgard and Cambridge Pavers. Please visit our website to see even more hardscape and masonry products ranging from bluestone,granite,brick,natural stone,block,sand,cement, and much more!

Before you go check this out! You may even like our post  on Efflorescence Causes, Removal, and Prevention.

The experts at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Leave your questions or comments below. 

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Paver Pool Deck & Patio Ideas

Patio pavers around a pool are a great way to create your very own private oasis right in your backyard! Make your outdoor swimming pool deck a stunning and inviting resort with patio pavers, slabs, pool coping, flagstone, or natural stone.

What better way is there to enjoy the upcoming warm days than relaxing or entertaining by your new pool with friends and family?

Did you know?  Pavers are the perfect performer for pool decks!  Since concrete pavers are designed with textured tops they make for a safe, comfortable, non-slip walking surface even when wet! In addition, the high density structure of pavers will help minimize penetrating moisture and reduce damage caused by freeze conditions.

Now Dive Right In! Take a Look at These 7 Beautiful Hardscape Poolsides! 

Paver Patio Pool Deck Pavers
Bluestone Pillar Caps
Paver Patio Pool Deck Pavers
Techo Bloc Inca
Paver Patio Pool Deck Pavers
Techo Bloc Rotondo
Paver Patio Pool Deck Pavers
Techo Bloc Portofino / Antika
Paver Patio Pool Deck Pavers
Techo Bloc Bullnose Pool Coping
Paver Patio Pool Deck Pavers
Techo Bloc Royale Slab
Paver Patio Pool Deck Pavers
Techo Bloc Athena Paver

4 Helpful Tips for Your Next Paver Pool Project!

TIP #1: To install a patio around your pool you would follow the same steps as installing a basic patio (click here for paver installation guide). The difference is that you will need to use an expansion joint around the perimeter of the pool that sits between the patio pavers and the pool coping.

There are several reasons why it is necessary to use a strip foam expansion. First, it will assist in freeze thaw cycles and even in hot weather because it will allow for flexibility and movement of the pavers. Secondly, it will help prevent any water from seeping down behind the pool shell and weakening the concrete joints.

To use the foam expansion you would simply place the foam around the perimeter of the pool coping. Then install your patio pavers as you normally would. The foam expansion will help keep out any poly sand you use to fill the paver joints. Next remove the 1/2 “ tear strip on the foam expansion and fill the void with a self-leveling pool caulk.

Tip #2: To keep pool caps from popping off you may want to use a fiber reinforced mortar such as Ardex X 32. We recommend Ardex X 32 because it is designed to handle the most challenging moisture sensitive stone, granite, marble, as well as  tiles, both interior and exterior. Ardex X 32 is durable, easy to use, has great bonding capabilities and controlled setting time, and it will not warp or shrink.

Paver Patio Pool Deck Pavers
Techo Bloc Mini Creta Retaining Wall
Paver Patio Pool Deck Pavers
Techo Bloc Mista
Paver Patio Pool Deck Pavers
Techo Bloc Flagstone

Tip #3: You can even dress up the landscape around your pool even more by incorporating decorative plants and flowers.  Add an accent trim to your surrounding garden with patio edging pavers or granite cobblestones. You can build raised planters with pavers or even with retaining walls.

Retaining walls and stone walls surrounding the pool area also serve as privacy walls. Incorporate stone pillars and fences to keep the area gated and safe while adding a touch of elegance.

Adding a cabana or pergola gives you and your family added protection from the sun and serves as an additional area for entertaining guests day or night.

Tip #4: If you want to take it to the next level you can incorporate other outdoor elements.

Feed your hungry guests from a new outdoor pizza oven (pre-cut and ready-to-assemble) and stay outside longer with fireplace and fire pit kits for those chilly nights. Pre-assembled fire pit kits are can be installed quickly and fit into any budget!

Paver Patio Pool Deck Pavers
Belgard Fire Pits
Paver Patio Pool Deck Pavers
Belgard Outdoor Kitchen
Paver Patio Pool Deck Pavers
Outdoor Bar

Let us know which poolside design was your favorite in the comments below!

TLC Supply carries a wide selection of premium pavers from Techo Bloc as well as from Genest ConcreteBelgard and Cambridge Pavers. Please visit our website to see even more hardscape and masonry products ranging from bluestone,granite,brick,natural stone,block,sand,cement, and much more!

If you liked this page be sure to share it with all your friends! And for even more inspiring paver pool decks, patios, as well as backyard DIY projects and outdoor entertaining ideas follow us on Pinterest!

WAIT! Before you go check this out! You may even like our posts  on How to Build a Paver Patio! or Ardex Mortar – The Efficient & Easy Way to Install Stone!

The experts at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Send us an email to info@tlcsupply.com or leave your comments below. 

 

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply,Inc.