Nicolock offers a wide range of paving stone products, including our paver-shield™ pavers. These pavers feature our paver-shield™ technology, which combines ultra-fine sand, Portland cement and added color to provide exceptional strength and appearance.
Fire pits should sit on some sort of foundation and/or heat shield to protect the area beneath from heat damage. Many people use concrete pavers, crushed gravel, a fire ring or some combination of the three when installing their fire pit in the yard.
Pavers perform best when laid over an aggregate base. This typically consists of crushed gravel in various sizes, which allows the base to compact and shift as needed. You should also put a layer of bedding sand over the aggregate to help protect the sand joints from erosion.
A pallet of pavers typically weighs between 2,500 and 3,500 pounds and consists of anywhere from 20 to 400-plus paving stones depending on their size and density. As an example, a pallet of our Rustico 6×9 paving stones with 2,982 pounds and contain 300-6 inch by 9 inch paving stones
Concrete pavers are an excellent fire pit foundation. They’re sturdy enough to reliably hold the fire pit, and they won’t catch fire themselves. Note that you may need to dig the pavers into the ground a little to make sure the pit is leveled.
Experts recommend that patio pavers be at least 2 inches thick to properly distribute weight. For driveways and patios with heavy foot traffic, pavers should be at least 2-3/8 inches thick.
There are many ways to decorate the area surrounding your pool. Celebrate nature with plants and small trees or use gravel or rocks for a clean, low-maintenance look. Concrete pavers are a great option for pool decks and stairs, supporting foot traffic with a colorful design.
Permeable pavement is a concrete, asphalt or paving stone surface that has open pores and a stone reservoir beneath. It improves water drainage in urban areas, allowing water to re-enter the soil instead of pooling above ground. You can also create a similar effect using concrete grids.
Absolutely. For residential driveways, 8 – 12 Inches of compacted base material is recommended. A standard 2-3/8-inch thick paver can be used for light vehicular (cars and pickup trucks) applications. A herringbone pattern is most suitable in these situations.
Nicolock pavers are an ideal cold-weather solution. Unlike some other materials, paving stones have great resistance to cold weather, snow, salt and certain chemicals. The low-porosity design also reduces the effects of the freeze-thaw cycle
Concrete paving stones are the most durable way to build a patio. They are strong enough to withstand heavy foot traffic and furniture, and they’re less likely to develop cracks or frost heaves than wood, brick and natural stone.
Once you’ve laid the perfect patio pavers, there are many items you can use to create a dining area. Outdoor dining kits integrate a grill, burner,
cabinets and countertop into durable paving stones. You may also need an oven, refrigerator, sink or storage drawers. Browse our outdoor dining supplies for these materials.
To add a retaining wall to a sloped yard, you will need to dig a stepped trench about 24 inches wide and get it compact and level. After installing the wall block, excavate a second level before placing the blocks. The wall should also lean into the hill by at least 1 inch per foot of height, which helps it resist soil pressure.
To seal patio pavers, clean the surface and remove any weeds. Then apply your sealing formula using a low-pressure sprayer. If the joints are eroded or worn, apply polymeric sand first to strengthen them.
A basic backyard fire pit can be completed in four steps. First, use the bottom stone ring and spray paint to make an outline in the grass. Then dig a hole in the outlined area 6 inches deep. Fill the hole with crushed gravel until it’s level with the ground, then build the pit on top of this foundation using your stones and masonry adhesive.