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Our pavers are the ideal product for freeze-thaw environments. Proper installation of the product results in a pavement that is rigid, yet flexible. The joints between pavers allow the walkway, driveway, and patio to move without cracking. In addition, they can be “unzipped” to allow for repairs or access to utilities. Unlike asphalt, pavers are very low-maintenance. By definition, concrete pavers have a minimum compressive strength of 8,000 PSI (about three times stronger than regular poured concrete) and a maximum water absorption rate of 5 percent.
Patterned concrete pavements are merely slabs of concrete that are embossed with a pattern. Therefore, they are prone to the same problems with freezethaw cycles, namely cracking. We guarantee that EP Henry Pavers won't crack; you cannot obtain a similar guarantee for stamped concrete. Stamped concrete requires expansion joints every 10 feet or so, which are very distracting in some patterns. Also, unlike EP Henry Pavers, patterned concrete pavements don't allow access to underground utilities or the ability to make repairs. At virtually the same price per square foot installed, EP Henry Pavers are clearly a superior choice.
Absolutely! For residential driveways, 10"-12" of compacted dense graded aggregate base material is recommended. A standard 2 3/8" thick paver can be used for light vehicular (cars and pickup trucks) applications. A Herringbone pattern is most suitable in these situations. Contact your local EP Henry Authorized Distributor® or EP Henry's Technical Manager for questions on choosing the appropriate paver.