12 Jul

What you need to know about Concrete Pavers 

Concrete pavers

Concrete pavers are some of the most common building materials used to pave your patios, driveways, and walkways. Others might have referred to them as cement pavers, but this description is misleading because they’re made of more than cement. Concrete pavers include cement, aggregate, sand, and other additives.

 

Usually, these pavers are made by mixing these elements. The wet mix then gets poured into molds of a wide range of shapes and sizes. Afterward, the mix is vibrated and compressed before it is left to cure. When a professional company like Jireh Construction installs these pavers on your property, they’ll boost the aesthetics. Moreover, they can withstand at least 8,000 lbs. per square inch of pressure.

 

Whenever you want us to make concrete pavers installations, we source them from reputable manufacturers. We must ensure they meet high-quality standards. That way, you’ll have a durable and uniform walkway or driveway. Sometimes, we’ll even install concrete pavers that have a lifetime warranty.

 

Why Do You Need Concrete Pavers?

 

Jireh Construction experts often advise homeowners to install concrete pavers on their properties. Here are some of the main reasons we recommend this installation.

 

  • We install them in a variety of shapes and patterns
  • They are sturdier than poured concrete
  • We can replace individual pavers. Therefore, when one gets damaged, we don’t have to redo the entire driveway
  • They have no curing time and also have better traction when wet

You can easily see why these pavers are more suitable than poured concrete. 

Concrete Pavers Design

 

Homeowners are mostly curious about the design of concrete pavers before installation. Many people try to compare them to stone pavers because they are popular. You must know that concrete pavers match the prestige of clay brick pavers. However, they’re more durable

 

Moreover, these pavers feature a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. We also recommend them to most people because they suit a majority of home designs. Additionally, they have a uniform appearance. We usually arrange them in an order that suits your outdoors.

 

Installation Process

 

You need to call experts if you want concrete pavers in your home. We have the skills and experience to handle these installations, regardless of the area. Normally, we follow a specific process to guarantee a durable and uniform appearance.

 

We begin by excavating any grass and soil on your driveway or walkway. We’ll also remove any existing paving on the construction site. Next, we lay a gravel base and ensure to compact it thoroughly. We then put another layer of sand above it.

 

The basic ratio is 1-inch sand over 4 to 6 inches of gravel. However, if your driveway will have heavy vehicles passing by, the ratio is 1-inch of sand over 10 to 12 inches of gravel. Most importantly, we must ensure the base has a slight slope to allow water runoff.

 

After preparing the base, we’ll install the edging along the sides of the walkway or driveway. The edging helps contain the pavers and hold them together. Installing the pavers is pretty straightforward. We just set them in place and ensure they’re fitted tightly together.

 

If some don’t fit tightly in the corners and edges, we use a masonry saw to fix that. We have to ensure that the pavers have some pattern. You don’t want the pavers on your driveway following a straight line. That would affect your property’s aesthetics negatively.

 

Besides, an interlocking pattern ensures that pavers hold together tightly. That notwithstanding, it makes the surface sturdier. Some of the common styles we use are herringbone and staggered brick walls.

 

We now compact the whole surface when we ensure all the pavers are in place. We accomplish this through a motorized plate compactor. The process ensures that all the pavers get set into the sand layer.

 

Need concrete pavers installation? Call Jireh Construction today for expert services!

 

05 Jun

What is Sealcoating?

sealcoating

 

Does your property have an asphalt pavement or driveway? If it does, you probably made a significant investment to have it installed. As a result, you’d like it to stay in tip-top conditions throughout the years. Fortunately, you can accomplish this through seal coating.

But what exactly is sealcoating? A sealcoat is a layer or membrane of sprayed-on asphalt. It is then followed by a thin layer of aggregate material, which could comprise sand, stone, or gravel. When seal coating is done, it ensures your asphalt pavement is durable, weather-resistant, and durable.

However, if you’d like to apply a sealcoat, you need to consult professionals. Luckily, our company, Jireh Construction, is well-versed in carrying out these applications. We ensure to handle every task effectively, leaving your pavements or driveways attractive and durable.

That said, here’s all you need to know about sealcoating.

 

How Do We Apply a Seal Coat?

Sealcoating is an engaging procedure. And we understand that there exist different types of seal coating material. However, every method Jireh Construction uses follows a process of cleaning and patching your asphalt pavement and driveways.

Afterward, we will coat the entire surface of your asphalt using a liquid sealer. The sealer creates an impenetrable layer/barrier after drying up. That way, your pavement is protected from the adverse effects of wind, water, and UV rays. Such elements could easily degrade the asphalt, resulting in cracking or crumbling.

Typically, our experts follow the following steps:

  • All dirt and debris should be removed from the asphalt surface before pavement sealing. Minor repairs, such as potholes and cracks, should also be filled, and vehicle fluids, such as oil, should be removed properly.
  • We usually apply a minimum of two coats.
  • Before application, we ensure the temperatures are at a minimum of 50 degrees and rising for at least 24 hours. If the forecast states the temperature will be below 50 degrees, we cannot apply the coat.
  • We cannot apply if rain is forecasted to fall within 24 hours
  • After application, we’ll let the seal coat cure for approximately 24 hours. After that, you can drive on it.

Benefits of Sealcoating

 

If you have asphalt on your property, here are some of the reasons you should consider seal coating.

 

  • Prevents the asphalt from hardening and crumbling, extending the life of the driveway and parking lot.
  • Sealing the driveway prevents salts, chemicals, and moisture from penetrating the surface.
  • It leaves an attractive, uniform coat on the pavement, especially if cracks and holes are properly filled before applying seal coating.
  • Seal coating is a low-cost method of repairing or resurfacing existing pavement, thereby extending the life of the pavement and driveway.
  • Seal coating helps to speed up the melting of snow and ice on the pavement. Water penetration, rain, frost, and snow damage are all reduced as a result of this.
  • It only entails two processes – spraying and squeegee

Types of Seal Coating

 

We mainly use two products for sealcoating – asphalt emulsion coatings and coal tar sealers. Coal tar sealers are cheaper compared to the former, but they require significant product management. We always recommend you call experts for this application.

 

Why’s that? We have the necessary skills and equipment for the job. We recommend this type of sealcoat for clients worried about chemical and fuel spills.

 

On the other hand, asphalt emulsion sealers are much easier to apply. Besides, they emit lesser volatile organic compounds compared to coal tar sealers. We mostly apply asphalt emulsion sealers to homes because they’re less resistant to chemical spills.

 

You must also know that each type of sealer has specific manufacturer instructions. Therefore, you should leave the application process to qualified experts mainly because we know the intended use for every product.

 

Other types of asphalt emulsion sealers include fast-dry and acrylic sealers. Acrylic sealers are synthetic compounds, and they tend to be costly. Fortunately, they’re a little more environmentally-friendly and expose technicians to fewer health risks.

 

On the other hand, fast-dry sealers are recommended for high-traffic areas. That’s because you can walk on the surface an hour after we apply the seal coating. However, they’re not so durable.

 

With that said, do you want seal coating on your asphalt pavement? Pick up your phone and call us today!

 

15 Mar

Could Your Sidewalk Become a Legal Issue?

Could Your Sidewalk Become a Legal Issue?

Could Your Sidewalk Become a Legal Issue?

It’s probably not the first thing you think about in the morning, but that cracked and crumbling sidewalk outside of your house could become a legal issue if it continues to sit in disrepair. If a pedestrian trips, slips, or falls and hurts himself on your portion of the sidewalk, it could become your liability issue in a personal injury lawsuit. It may sound unlikely, but crazier things have happened. After reading this, you may want to call up a concrete company and begin those repairs.

Depending on where you live, the sidewalk in front of your house could be private or public property. Most public sidewalks connect residential houses from public streets, while most private sidewalks are located within communities and neighborhoods on residential streets. Local laws define sidewalk maintenance rules, so you probably want to learn your local regulations if you haven’t already. Read More