There are many different paving options out there, and one of the most eye-catching is modular pavement. Modular pavement is a paving system that features concrete, stone, or clay modules with a repeating pattern that interlock; they are usually installed on a base of sand or gravel. Modular paving can look like stone pavers, flagstone, tile, or any number of different paving materials; it is generally utilized for driveways, walkways, and patios. Tucker Paving has decades of experience working in the paving industry, and we can tell you that these systems have an array of benefits.

Different Types of Modular Paving

Modular paving falls into one of two categories: bound and unbound. Bound modular paving is laid down and then a mortar is used to cement them in place; the paving modules will not be able to move once the mortar has set.

Unbound modular paving uses an aggregate, such as sand or gravel, between the joints. This means that the paving modules are able to flex and move just a bit, such as when a vehicle is traveling over them. This gives unbound modular paving a wealth of benefits.

The Benefits of Modular Paving

These are the advantages of unbound modular paving:

  • It’s Low-Cost. Compared to bound modular paving, the aggregates used in the joints is a less expensive option than mortar or other binding materials.
  • Maintenance Is Easier. Unbound modular pavement can be repaired simply by removing and replacing those modules that need to be fixed; this is much harder to do with bound modular pavement, pavers, or other pavement options, like asphalt and concrete pavement.
  • Installation is Quick. Unbound modular pavement has a fast install time, and it can be utilized immediately; there’s no waiting for concrete to cure or asphalt to dry.
  • Installation is Relatively Easy. Installation of unbound modular pavement is straightforward and easier compared to other forms of pavement, like asphalt and concrete. The modules themselves provide uniform dimensions and there are spacers that are used during installation that help reduce error.
  • It’s Strong. While modular paving is not as strong as concrete, it can generally withstand the traffic seen on driveways and walkways. Some unbound modular paving—usually that with a small repeating, interlocking pattern like herringbone—can withstand much heavier traffic. Furthermore, it’s flexible design means that it can shift slightly while under stress, which could lead to cracking and damage in more rigid paving options.
  • It’s Sustainable. Many modular pavement options, especially unbound pavement, use sustainable options that qualify for environmental certifications.

Tucker Paving has nearly 30 years of experience in theconcrete and asphalt paving construction industry, and we offer sealcoating, pavement resurfacing, and asphalt and concrete repair and replacement. Call us at (863) 299-2262, or contact us online, for your next project!