There is noting more durable or more breathtaking than the beauty of natural stone. Granite pavers can create the effect of refinement and permanence. Granite has been used historically in buildings and monuments and burial sites, such as the ancient pyramids of Egypt which shows the durability of granite stone. Granite pavers deliver beauty and hardness available in variety of colors. It is a great substitute for asphalt , and it offers more advantages than the asphalt and concrete pavers , although the initial cost is higher than the asphalt but in long-term it is actually cheaper than the black asphalt.
Advantages of granite pavers over other types of pavers are:
Granite pavers can be purchased with polished or natural finishes , or it could be flamed or sandblasted. Generally for formal projects polished surfaces are recommend while for outdoor use flamed finishing is more recommended since it makes the surface of the stone non-slip.
The many shapes , patterns and colors of concrete pavers allow for design creativity as well as delineation of pavement areas , such as parking areas, cross walks, and intersections. The beauty of granite pavers adds value and visual appeal to any property. Granite comes in variety of colors , while white and gray colors are cheaper due to being common , other colors such as red ,green and black which are rare are more expensive
Granite pavers are generally less expensive than clay pavers , or sandstone paver, and when considering maintenance and replacement costs , granite pavers offer an economical long terms alternative to other types of pavement. Therefore in long-term it is cheaper than other types of pavers due to durability of the product and ease of maintenance.
Granite pavers up to 6 centimeters of thickness have shown extreme durability and superior stability under heavy loads and are unaffected by the extremes of heat and frost. Between each unit of tile there is a small amount of space during the installation to allow for expansion and contraction without cracking under extreme temperatures. Granite pavers are stronger than poured concrete and much more durable and longer lasting than the black asphalt. They can take more abuse and last for generations. The biggest advantage of granite pavers is that a segmental paving system allows for expansion and contraction without producing surface cracks which is common in solid concrete surfaces or asphalt.
Remove and reinstate the same granite paver tile without leaving any marks or ugly patches. Which is not the case for asphalt or concrete pavers. Granite pavers can be easily repaired by lifting the paver tile and re-grade and re-compact that specific area and reinstall the same tile again.
Although dark colored pavers can help hide the stains , granite pavers can be easily cleaned by normal sweeping with use of normal floor cleaning liquids , they can also handle pressure washing with water jets, also for stains acids can be used to help to remove the stain without affecting the surface of the granite paver.
When granite pavers are installed if they have porous joints between them , they can provide excellent drainage, the water can seep down through the joints and into the ground. Therefore granite pavers are also excellent for places with heavy rain falls.
Granite pavers are flexible system and allow for movements , the pavers move in unison with the earth's usual tendency to swell and contracts over the long term thus avoiding any serious damage.
Snow on granite pavers can be easily plowed or shoveled just like asphalt or concrete pavers, and the use of deicing products such as salt or calcium chloride will not harm the surface of the Granite pavers.
Granite pavers can be used both in residential and commercial settings. Including surface coverings for driveways. Parking lots , promenades, sidewalks, pool, decks, patios, streets, golf cart paths and even roof gardens they are a great choice for all outdoor and indoor surface areas,and they could be cut in any size and shapes that the customer requires.
For vehicular and pedestrian applications of pavers to have non-skid surface a process known as flaming the surface of stone can be applied to give stone a rigid surface to make it safe for crossing of vehicles and pedestrians while the surface is wet.