Interlocking concrete pavers (segmental pavers) are one of the fastest growing areas of the construction industry. A wide variety of product styles and colors are available to suit almost any taste.
Segmental pavers were first used more than 5000 years ago by the Minoans and then by the Romans. European countries have used pavers for centuries, but it was after WWII, due to shortages of clay bricks, that concrete pavers started to take off. In the 1970's, paver production technology was transferred to Canada and the market has grown ever since.
Pavers cost more to install than asphalt or concrete, but have several distinct advantages:
- interlocking concrete pavements are more flexible than asphalt pavements
- they interlock three ways (vertical, rotational and horizontal) to help spread loads
- they offer higher resistance to abrasion, freeze-thaw cycles, de-icing salts and concentrated loads,
- they are easier to repair with no damage to the surface, and
- pavers are available with wider 'gaps' between the pavers to create a porous parking or walking surface