A Bit of History
The use of paving stones has existed almost as long as civilization itself. The Romans built roads with them that are still there. But it was not until the mid 1940s that the modern concrete pavers began to be produced. It started in Holland where all the roads are made to be flexible because Holland is below sea level and the ground shifts, moves and sinks. Poured concrete is not an option because it will crack. Individual units placed in sand perform far better than concrete. The first concrete pavers were shaped just like a brick, and measured 4” by 8”. They were called Holland Stones and still are today. These units turned out to be far more economical to produce and were exceedingly strong.
The Modern Paver
The modern-day paver has become increasingly popular over the past thirty years, as designers as well as consumers have come to appreciate their many advantages:
- They do not crack like poured-in-place concrete, nor do they require unsightly expansion joints.
- Pavers withstand a minimum of 8,000 pounds per square inch — far stronger than poured concrete.
- They will not crumble like asphalt, and when installed properly are basically maintenance free.
- They come in a large range of shapes, colors, and patterns.
- Pavers are available in pervious (low-runoff) varieties for a reduced environmental impact.
Pavers have come to be used in a wide variety of applications, from driveways and landscapes to retaining walls and shipping ports. For a superior surface it is impossible to surpass the strength, aesthetic appeal, durability, versatility and ease of installation of interlocking concrete pavers.
A project installed by our experienced crew will last for many, many years. The process of installation is also neat — pavers are cured and neatly palletized for delivery. Should any problem arise or change desired, pavers by their nature are also relatively easy to repair. We are experienced in all manner of residential and large commercial installations.
At Holland Stone, Inc. our work has a one year warranty against any failure.
Call us for a free estimate — you will be surprised at the affordability of pavers!