Interlock patios, driveways, and walkways are a popular feature in today’s landscapes. The term interlock typically describes creating hardscape (a patio, driveway or walkway) by laying pre-cast concrete blocks of different shapes and colours to create a pattern.
Proper installation for residential interlock should include:
- A proper base under the surface of the interlock to give your hardscape stability and strength. A strong base is attained by excavating the existing soil, setting grade to ensure proper drainage, spreading and compacting fine and coarse aggregate and ensuring the surface is flat.
- Polymeric sand between each interlock stone to ensure less shifting, less weeds and less washout.
- Paver restraints to prevent pavers from spreading as a result of foot traffic, cars and ground shifting.
Benefits of Interlocking Pavers
Interlocking concrete pavers provide you with numerous customization options as these concrete blocks come in a variety of shapes, sizes as well as colors and textures. By working with a landscape designer, it’s possible to create a truly unique interlock driveway or patio which won’t be found anywhere else.
Properly installed pavers are more structurally sound than concrete and won’t crack the same way a large concrete surface will. They can also withstand more weight and wear than asphalt.
An interlock patio requires a little bit of maintenance to keep it looking its best. We recommend cleaning with a pressure washer and replacing the polymeric sand between each block every few years, depending on the traffic and the weather conditions. This is an easy task you can complete on your own or hire someone to do for you.
The Importance of Working with an Interlock Professional
Some of your neighbours may have interlock driveways or patios with crooked, sunken or cracked pavers. This typically indicates improper installation techniques, lack of maintenance or selecting the wrong type of paver.
There are different paver thicknesses– some are intended for walkways, others for driving or parking surfaces. We’ll ensure that the appropriate interlocking stone is installed for each area in your landscape.
At Land-Con, we stand behind our workmanship. Every interlock installation is installed on a new base, and protected with a 5-year warranty.
Contact us today to start working with one of our designers, and create the landscape you’ve always dreamed of.