Interlock

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Interlocking stone offers timeless solutions that add beauty, permanence, and versatility to your outdoor living areas.

At Kodiak we offer a wide array of interlock services, with quality results at an affordable price. Our services range from installation of large driveways and retaining walls to knee walls, patios, pool decks, walkways, steps and more. Materials include not only Interlocking Stone, but Cultured and Armor Stone as well from a variety of local suppliers, customized to your needs and wishes.

Call us for a no-obligation consultation and estimate for your project.

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Advantages of Interlock

An Aesthetically Attractive Choice – Crank up Your Property Appeal!

  • Interlocking stone (sometimes called “paving stone” or just “pavers”) provides not only curb appeal, but charm and elegance around the house that is admired by all. By comparison, concrete and asphalt might otherwise look dull and unattractive.
  • A well-built patio makes households more inviting, much like putting out a welcome mat or decorating the area surrounding your home with freshly baked pies.
  • An optional application of a matte or glossy finish clear sealer can draw the colors out of interlocking stone with stunning results. (This should only be done after 2-3 years to allow for efflorescence to leach out first.)
  • Interlocking stone constructions immediately beautify and increase the market value of your home!

 



Functionality and Extreme Durability for your Outdoor Lifestyle
  • Comes in a wide variety of affordable styles and colors.
  • Is virtually maintenance-free with a 25+ year life expectancy.
  • Crack resistant in rugged climates. Joints between each paving stone provide flexibility of movement during the freeze-thaw cycle preventing cracking. Interlocking stones are even earthquake resistant!! Asphalt and concrete are not this durable.
  • Easy to remove and reinstall stonework during repairs to the substrate or to underground utilities without leaving ugly patches. Asphalt, concrete, and stamped concrete cannot make this claim.
  • Easy to individually remove and reinstall damaged or stained stones.
  • Easy to remove engine oil and gas from pavers without leaving any residue or causing deterioration of the surface. Not the case with asphalt.
  • Is skid resistant and withstands high traffic.
  • Properly installed, interlocking stones are four times stronger than concrete paving and eight times stronger than asphalt.
  • Worry-free winter care. The chamfered (beveled) edge of interlocking stones prevents the homeowner from catching an edge with a snow blower or shovel during snow removal operations. And, de-icing products such as salt or calcium chloride will not harm or pit the stones.
  • As affordable as asphalt or concrete! Ongoing repair and upkeep of these products will eventually offset their initially lower cost. Plus, regular resurfacing and repair of asphalt and concrete cost the homeowner a lot more grief!


Infinite Customization Options

  • An extensive selection of products offers the homeowner an endless supply of color and pattern possibilities. (Ask our sales staff for a free brochure of available colors and stones.) If you can imagine it we can build it!

A Sensible Choice

  • The aesthetic appeal and durability of natural aggregates at an economical price means the homeowner gets an excellent return on his/her investment.
  • Properly installed interlocking stone gives homeowners, builders, and landscape architects alike lasting peace of mind.

 

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Polymeric Sand (Used on All Our Interlocking Stone Projects)

Why Polymeric Sand?

The word ‘interlock’ infers stability through resistance to movement. Interlocking stones, in particular, achieve this resistance to movement in two ways. First, through possessing rough, beveled edges interlocking stones are designed to cause friction with one another (or surrounding materials) when contact is made. Secondly, during the final stages of installation, an application of sand gets swept between the interlocking stone joints and compacted, which ‘locks’ the stones firmly in place.

Before polymeric sand became available, the most common types of sand used in this process were either silica sand or torpedo sand. Once applied, whichever sand was used would often have been held in place by a sealer applied directly to the finished product. Despite reinforcing the strength of the sand, the cohesive nature of the sealer had 3 other beneficial effects as well. By hardening the top layer of sand in the joints it made them resistant not only to water and insect erosion, but prevented the annoying and unsightly problem of weed growth between the joints as well. And, of course, it helped preserve the color and appearance of the stones. At some point a wise individual asked the question, ‘Why not develop a sand product that would include a cohesive ingredient right in it, which would save the homeowner the extra work and expense of having to apply a sealer to prevent weed growth and erosion?’ The result – Polymeric sand.

Invented in 1999 by a company called Techniseal, polymeric sand performs in a far superior manner than its predecessors, making it the obvious choice for reputable contractors. While it is more expensive than traditional sands this expense is offset by the fact that a sealer (a much more expensive product) no longer has to be applied to gain cohesion. And, because it is applied in the same manner as traditional sand, it doesn’t take the contractor any longer to apply thus saving the homeowner the cost of his own labor were he to go the traditional sand and sealer route. While still a granular material, polymeric sand has the look of traditional sand with the benefit of added, water-activated polymers, which give water less opportunity to seep into the sand and/or crushed stone below. When water can’t seep below the stones, silt and other fine particles can’t migrate from one area to another, meaning that the substrate is less likely to deform under traffic loads.


Polymeric sand has all but eliminated problems associated with erosion between the joints and significantly reduced customer concerns about washouts and the re-application of sand and sealer after the fact. Any way you slice it, polymeric sand is a more cost-effective solution than traditional sand in the long run, and offers greater stability and impermeability to you project, which means greater durability of your finished product!

At Kodiak, the far superior performance of polymeric sand over the alternatives makes its use a standard procedure rather than an optional alternative at the time of installation. And, it shall remain our default choice for joint sand as long as its use results in positive customer satisfaction!

 

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DIY Installation

  1. Plan your project and choose your colors, patterns, and styles ahead of time
  2. Investigate your soil makeup
  3. Excavate to the required depth for a solid foundation
  4. Install the base materials such as medium gravel
    • Note: Medium gravel is the choice for most paver bases. It compacts tightly, but with small gaps between stones so water can percolate into the dirt below. It forms a base solid enough to hold a sand bed for the stones and strong enough for most weights such as cars in driveways or big appliances on a patio.
  5. Add edge restraints to prevent the mobility of the stones over time
  6. Screen the bedding sand if necessary
  7. Lay the stones in the pattern you chose
  8. Cut the stones as required where they meet other structures
  9. Compact and set the surface
  10. Finish as required with grouting sand (and possibly coatings)

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