New Paving Technology Disrupts the Hardscape Industry
Innovation Allows Pavers to go over Existing Cement
ORANGE COUNTY, CA. Entrepreneur Jason Mercuri is bringing a new patented bonding agent called Paverloc ™ which allows pavers to be permanently secured to existing concrete and cement surfaces such as driveways, walkways and pool decks to Orange County. Instead of using regular pavers that can be over 4 inches high, a thin paver that is only one inch thick can be installed. This process has been used in Florida for seven years and is now available in the OC.
Overlaying pavers on existing surfaces can save property owners thousands of dollars. To achieve the up-scale paver look, typically concrete is broken up with a jackhammer and hauled to the dump. Then additional soil is removed and replaced with a fine particulate matter called pack. This usually consists of sand and stone dust that has to be trucked in. This forms the base that has to be compacted with a machine. Only then can workers install pavers. With the exception of machines and manmade pavers, this process has been used since Roman times. As with a good paint job, the majority of work is in the preparation—preparing the base. And after that pavers must be maintained, as the sandy base tends to sink overtime. Often leaving depressions, which become trip-and-fall hazards.
Tim Berry, who had been installing hardscape for over a decade, thought that there must be a better solution. The walkways and driveways that his customers were having hauled away were structurally okay, they had just settled over the years and developed some cracks. And a lot of time, they were just fine, the customer just wanted curb appeal.
Mr. Berry tried to use off-the-shelf adhesives to attach pavers, but they just didn’t do the job. So in 2005 he developed something that worked and received a patent on the adhesive. It took two years of trial and error. Working with a chemist Mr. Berry was able to come up with the adhesive that he named Paverloc ™. It’s a dry mix polymer based adhesive that will permanently bond one inch pavers to cement and concrete.
Paverloc is only available locally through Jason Mercuri’s company West Coast Pavers LLC. In case you are wondering why this small company is at the forefront of this technology, it might be because the Paverloc’s developer and the owner of West Coast Pavers LLC are brother-in-laws. West Coast Pavers also has works with a local manufactured to source thin pavers. These brother-in-laws worked together for over seven years in Florida applying pavers using the system. It has successfully been installed on over 300,000 sq. ft. of driveways alone in the Sunshine State.
So if his system looks just like regular pavers, what is the benefit to the homeowner? The cost savings can be substantial. The cost of some jobs can be cut in half. Also because the old cement does not have to be hauled away and a new base does not have to be installed, a job can typically be done in two days compared to up to five days using the traditional method. Additionally this installation method is environmentally friendly because energy is not used to remove existing concrete and build a new base.
For more information about Mercuri’s process, you can contact West Coast Pavers LLC see www.westcoastpaversllc.com