Decra-Scape is the only contractor in the state of Michigan to own a mechanical paver layer, making it possible for us to offer unbeatable standards in paver installation. Here are a few reasons why you should consider mechanical installation for your next commercial project in Canton, MI:
How Does It Work?
A mechanical paver layer is typically comprised of an operator-activated clamp that is able to grasp a cluster of paving stones at a time. The pavers used are manufactured in a specific pattern within a layer that may consist of up to 72 paving stones. The layers are simply lifted by the mechanical clamp and placed on level bedding sand. Due to the lateral pressure provided by the clamp, the pavers stay put in the layer while being lifted. Each layer typically covers the area of 9 square feet but varies depending on the paver product and pattern being laid. Supplemental manual installation is required in places that cannot be reached by the machine and is usually minimal.
A mechanical paver layer’s rapid installation of pavers produces an impressive end product within a fraction of the time it would take a crew to install it by hand. Using this method ensures that project deadlines are met and that developments run on schedule. It also eliminates the natural variation in productivity that people experience firsthand by instead offering a consistent installation speed.
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A mechanical paver layer is able to achieve consistent joint spacing throughout a large paving project such as a parking lot or commercial courtyard. The same cannot always be said for manual installation, as each worker may rely on a slightly different technique to execute their best work. The clamp is configured to exert a specific amount of pressure on each layer of pavers it transports. This ensures that they are not pushed together or move apart. The end result is an enduring consistency made possible in a speedy and cost-effective way.
When using a mechanical paver layer, a single operator and an assistant may be what’s needed to install thousands of square feet of pavers. While manual installation is still required in inaccessible areas with a certain configuration, mechanical paver installation relies far less on the presence and competence of a crew during every step. This is particularly valuable during bad weather, when it would be inadvisable for workers to attempt to execute high-quality work. A mechanical paver layer is able to run in poor weather or when employees become sick, ensuring that your project remains on track.
Contrary to popular belief, the truth is: The more technology used to execute a job, the lower the costs tend to remain. While many designers and developers may view technology as advanced and, therefore, expensive—the use of technology can cut costs in many ways. High-quality machinery can execute mechanical installation of impeccable and unchanging quality, removing the need for fix-ups and repairs. Human error can often result in costly endeavors to redress mistakes. Having to employ fewer workers for the completion of a job and having fewer materials wasted during a job are just a few more reasons why technology-driven installations are often more cost-effective than manual alternatives.