Brick Paving: Frequently Asked Questions

Can pavers be used for a driveway?

Yes they can! When we install a paver driveway we always make sure you have the correct amount of base material under your pavers for vehicle use. Not only will a paver driveway add value to your home but it will also create a grand entrance!

What is the base material made of?


The base material is made of crushed stone (CA6 Rock). The crushed stones should have varying sized particles and sharp edges to enable better compaction. The better your base is compacted together, the flatter your paved surface will be.

Can you install pavers around our pool?

Yes! Pavers are very appropriate for around pool areas, for they provide a slip resistant surface, making it a safer environment. The moisture and water is soaked up by the sand in the joints, rather than being left to create a slippery surface. Pavers also provide a cooler surface to walk on than concrete!

How long do I have to wait after my paver driveway is installed before I can drive my car on it?

You do not have to wait at all. You can use your paver driveway right away!

What does interlocking mean?

Interlocking means that each paver is disabled from moving as an independent unit, for when they are interlocked, the pavers move in a uniform and flexible manner. This ensures a stronger paved surface. Interlocking pavers are manufactured in a variety of designs and patters that fit and “interlock” together, without the use of mortar!

Why don’t you use mortar?

When mortar is used to make bricks or pavers into a solid surface you are in essence creating a very wide and flat surface that is now subject to the stresses of extreme temperature changes, earth moving, and cracking from heavy loads. Interlocking pavers provide the strength of mortared pavers or poured concrete without the problem of cracking.

What happens if an interlocking paver does crack?

This is another advantage of interlocking pavers. If one does crack or break it can easily be removed and replaced because it is not mortared to the other pavers.

Should I seal my pavers?

Sealing your pavers is not necessary, however we at Kiefer Landscaping recommend it. The reasons for this are that a sealed paver surface is much easier to clean, or may even prevent staining. Also, sealing your pavers will help prevent the growth of weeds in between your joints.

Will weeds grow between the joints of my pavers?

Kiefer Landscaping ensures that your joints are completely filled up with sand, this will help prevent the amount of weed seeds that fall between the joints. You can also seal your pavers, which will coat the joints, making it nearly impossible for weeds to grow.

What happens if my pavers are chipped or damaged?

The great thing about pavers is that they are easy to repair! They can be taken out and replaced with a new one. It’s that easy! This makes pavers a very cost efficient product, for there are no real high costs involved in repairing.

Are brick pavers better than concrete or asphalt?

Yes! Yes! Yes! Brick pavers distribute preassure laterally, which means less pressure per square inch. Also, brick pavers will breathe during seasonal temperature shanges. Asphalt and poured concrete do not have the ability to expand or contract which is why cracks will appear after a year or two. If there is damage to an area, paving brick can simply be lifted and replaced. Repairs to asphalt or concrete look like patchwork.

Are brick pavers expensive?

Brick pavers are more expensive than asphalt and poured concrete at first. But brick paved drives and walkways usually have an estimated life cycle of 40+ years. During the lifetime of an average brick paver project, you will have had to replace asphalt or poured concrete two or more times to maintain that neat appearance. And if you decide to move, the resale value of brick pave is usually triple the installation cost. You’ll also have a great looking walkway, patio, or driveway.

Do brick pavers require a lot of maintenance?

No, virtually no maintenance is required. A properly constructed paver project should last several years.

How much do brick pavers cost?

Every project is different, from the amount of site preparation needed to the type of product and the amount of product being installed. We offer free estimates and are happy to come out to your site and take a look at the project you would like to have done.

Are pavers stronger than poured concrete?

Yes, they are stronger than concrete and more durable than black asphalt. They can take more abuse and last for a generation with little maintenance.

What about snow removal?

You can absolutely plow your paver driveway! There are no issues with this because of the uniform height of pavers, a properly installed paver driveway offers a smooth surface that won’t snag snow plows.

What do you recommend to use on pavers to melt ice?

To safely and effectively melt ice on your pavers without damaging them, we recommend calcium chloride pellets. This ice melt product comes in a 50lbs bag.

Does water drain through the sand around the pavers?

No, the water does not drain through the sand around the pavers. If they are installed properly, you will only get a little bit of seepage from the first few weeks but after that the polymeric sand will seal that off entirely. We make sure you have a natural slope, with every paver project, for the water to run off. Typically we allow for a slope of 1 inch for every 8 to 12 feet of paving away from your home. This should be enough of a slope to carry the water off naturally.

How are brick pavers different than stamped concrete?

Occasionally, we have a customer who is trying to decide between classic brick pavers or stamped concrete. Regardless of the fact that we are in the paver business, we strongly discourage stamped concrete for several reasons:


First and foremost, stamped concrete is just an imitation of the look of brick pavers. The overall design is sacrificed with stamped concrete because the installer has to cut unsightly stress cuts straight through the stamped pattern. Brick paver installations do not need stress cuts because the characteristics of pavers allow for naturally occurring shifts. Furthermore, the color of stamped concrete is typically a powder applied to the surface, which after time begines to wear to expose the grey color of concrete in your high traffic areas. The overall vibrancy and color of stamped concrete will fade with the elements. The color of brick pavers run through the entire paver itself.


Many of our projects are installed to replace heaved or cracked cement patios and sidewalks. Stamped concrete is just that: a poured cement application that can heave and crack just the same. When this happens, the entire project must be torn out and installed again. If, if the rare occasion, you were to experience settling or heaving with brick pavers, we can simply pull up the faulted stones and reset them properly. Brick pavers are designed to be 2X stronger than stadard cement and we are proud that after 15 years, a paver patio that was installed by Kiefer Landscaping, is still just as attractive and durable as it was the day it was finished.


One fantastic benefit of installing brick pavers is the ability to add on to a project little by little. Many of our customers will hire us to install, for instance, a patio. In the next year or two they will hire use back to add a sidewalk or planting bed feature to compliment their patio. Because the paving stones can be pulled up and re-orginized, we can expand any project seamlessly.


While every project is different, not only are brick pavers comparable to the cost of stamped concrete, you will find that a project installed by Kiefer Landscaping is exceptionally competitive. Our goal is to give you a quality product that you can take pride in.

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