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Prevent Edge from Cracking

 

Many different types of edge restraint materials exist, Including brick, rigid plastic, wood, stone, steel, aluminum and concrete. Existing walls or structures may also be used as an edge restraint. The particular application and site conditions determine which material to use. Any of the materials previously listed can be used in light traffic applications. Only concrete, brick or stone embedded in concrete, some varieties of rigid plastic, or metal should be used in areas subjected to light or medium traffic. Heavy traffic applications require concrete, granite or curbs of equal strength. Asphalt or an asphalt pavement does not provide adequate edge restraint for paving subjected to vehicular traffic.Edge restraints are necessary in mortarless brick pavements as they hold the pavers together and prevent spreading and movement of pavers due to horizontal traffic loads. Intermediate restraints may be used within the pavement when there is an interruption in the paving surface or on sloped or curved areas. Intermediate restraints will provide additional thrust resistance to traffic loads and pavement creep.Edge restraints are not necessary in mortared brick paving but may be used for aesthetic reasons, to reduce chipping of perimeter brick or to control landscaping. Any of the edge restraint materials mentioned may be used.Don't ever leave the cement exposed to the weather, water from the rains that drains in betweens the pavers will wash all the sand from the bedding base which will cause the pavers to settle and the edge to crack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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