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We've put together a list of the most common questions that our clients have asked us over the years. If you have a different one, please let us know here!
As you can imagine, the time it takes to complete a project varies according to its size and complexity.
During the initial consultation that's part of our process, we might be able to give you a rough estimate, but this probably will change when the details of the design are finalized.
As is the case with the duration of a project, costs can also vary depending on the size and complexity of an interlocking stone or landscaping project.
We can give you a very rough ballpark estimate during the initial consultation, but again this will probably change once the materials are chosen and details of the design are finalized.
You can use them the very next day!
Sealing is really a matter of personal preference.
It's not required, but can make cleanup of spills from liquid and oil from your barbecue much simpler.
Sealing can also make the colours of the your interlock more more vibrant.
Your interlocking stone doesn't sit directly on the soil. If it did, the stone would shift because the soil expands and contracts.
Preventing shifting is one of our priorities, so we take care in preparing a level, solid base for the interlocking stone to sit on.
We use 3/4 crusher run gravel in the base, leveling it and making sure it's sloping away from the home to prevent water running towards it.
We then add high performance bedding (HPB) on top, a limestone aggregate, that allows water to pass through your stone interlock efficiently.
If you hate weeds, then you might actually believe that magic sand is magic.
We use magic sand, also called polymeric sand, in between the interlocking stones to prevent them from shifting and also to prevent weeds from growing through.
Once water is applied to the sand, it hardens, and that's when the "magic" happens.
This is a common question and it's simple physics. Water runs downhill.
We build your interlocking area with a slope away from your home so that water will run away from it rather than towards it.
Improperly sloped interlock can result in basement leaks and is a common reason we are called in to repair other companies' work.
Retaining walls are stone walls that have a special function.
They provide support to a hilly landscape so that flat areas, like a patio, can be built.
They can also have other features built in to them such as planters and sitting areas, so if your landscape requires one, consider these useful additions.
Preventing shifting starts with a good base.
We spend a lot of time making sure the base is solid and level, before laying the interlock on top of it.
If the area where you are installing interlock is sloped, a retaining wall may be necessary, not only to keep the base and interlock flat, but also to prevent shifting.
In addition, we also use edging that is installed at the ends of the interlocked area to keep stones in place, along with polymeric sand (magic sand) between individual stones to keep them in place.
Yes, of course!
We guarantee the quality of our work with a two year warranty against shifting or sinking of your interlock so you can be confident when you choose us as your interlock contractor that your driveway interlock, patio interlock or walkway interlock will be hassle free and won't need costly repairs.