USING CONCRETE PAVERS IN YOUR HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION
Concrete pavers are a cost-effective and attractive choice for homeowner associations in the California Bay area. They’re durable, flexible, can last 30 years or more, and have multiple uses around your properties. Whether you’re redesigning driveways or looking to upgrade the community pool deck, pavers are the smart solution. Some common areas that can be enhanced by the use of concrete pavers include:
• Driveways and Walkways
• Outdoor Steps and Retaining Walls
• Clubhouse Parking Lots and Pool Decks
As a homeowners association, you can recommend particular brands and colors HOA members can choose from when upgrading their homes. Mandated guidelines can help to keep your community looking cohesive and prevents members from installing inferior products that can detract from the value and look of the rest of the neighborhood. Creating guidelines and providing them to members can spare them the frustration of choosing materials and helps them to narrow down their choices, by providing them with a list of reputable, high-quality, pre-approved solutions.
THE MANY BENEFITS OF CONCRETE PAVERS
Concrete paver is an excellent choice for HOAs looking to lower long-term maintenance costs while providing am aesthetically beautiful, durable surface for common areas. Here are some benefits you will enjoy with concrete pavers.
• EASY ACCESS TO UNDERGROUND UTILITIES
Utility cuts in large communities are significant, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. First, the existing surface needs to be removed and disposed of, underground repairs made and then the surface needs to be repaired. With concrete or asphalt, repairs are difficult to integrate and can reduce the service life of the surface.
Interlocking pavers reduce both the short-term and long-term costs and impact of repairs. Pavers can be removed by hand without the need for jackhammers or saws. The same pavers can be used to patch the repair, saving disposal and replacement costs. The appearance of the area is unaffected. Because they create a flexible system, interlocking pavers have the increased ability to adapt to any fill settlement.
This flexibility and ease of removal are also beneficial when a paver is stained or damaged. Simply remove the affected pavers and replace them for a seamless, and inexpensive repair.
• CONCRETE PAVERS PROVIDE UP TO 30 YEARS OF SERVICE
Your HOAs investment in infrastructures like roadways and walkways does not stop when construction ends. Like any asset, it requires ongoing investment to keep it in usable condition. This includes surface maintenance, occasional restoration and eventually, base rehabilitation.
Life cycle cost analysis quantifies all of these costs over a set period. Concrete pavers are estimated to provide 30 years of service before the system reaches a point where reconstruction is necessary. Over their lifetime some maintenance is required. At years 8 and 28 it’s anticipated that
+/- 2% of pavers (over the entire surface) will crack or chip needing replacement. At years 20 and 35, maintenance may include removing and replacing larger areas of roadway pavers, leveling, and replacement of bedding sand, then replacing a significant number of pavers. The EPA estimates that concrete paver systems have demonstrated lifespans more than 30 years as compared to traditional asphalt or concrete systems which typically last 12 to 15 years.
• CAN CONCRETE PAVERS STAND UP TO MAXIMUM GROSS WEIGHT VEHICLES?
The short answer is yes! Concrete pavers offer better gross weight support than concrete and asphalt surfaces, but it’s essential to choose the correct concrete pavers for HOA applications. Bayside Pavers can source materials that are up to 40 times stronger than required to handle the pressure exerted under extreme conditions like fire trucks, moving vans and other heavy gross weight vehicles.
Roads in a Homeowners Association are primarily used by cars, delivery vehicles and occasionally heavy transports. These areas require materials with a minimum recommended thickness of 3 1/8” and the pavers should have an aspect ration less than or equal to 3:1. Installing roadway pavement systems in either 45 or 90 degrees L-shaped or herringbone pattern is recommended for maximum gross weight support.
If your homeowner’s association is in the California Bay area, the experts at Bayside Pavers are ready to help you! Give us a call at 1-(866) 287-2837 for a free estimate. Let us show you all of the benefits concrete paving systems can provide your Homeowners Association. Our knowledgeable team members are ready to help you create the outdoor living space your residents have been dreaming about!
If you’re in the San Francisco Bay area, our location in Concord, CA at 2455 Bates Ave, Ste K, services East Bay and South Bay homeowners. Our Santa Rosa, CA location at 1619 4th Street Ste 12 can help you with your North Bay hardscaping projects.