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Why You Need a Certified Paver Contractor to Install Your Patio, Driveway, or Walkway

Jun 6, 2009 | Patios, Pavement, Services

When deciding which contractor will install your paver patio, driveway, or walkway, consider a number of factors.

Be sure to ask the contractor’s representative about the past performance of the company with regard pavers, and ask for client referrals as well.  Make certain that the pictures provided are pictures resulting from the actual work of the contractor.  Every contractor has catalogues of EP Henry or Belgard installed pavers, and those are very necessary for clients to decide type and color of their pavers.  However, ensure that on their website and in their portfolios they provide pictures of actual work.

Another differentiating factor is whether or not the contractor is “certified” through the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute.  The paver installers at Johnson’s Landscaping Service, Inc. went through days of classroom and hands-on training at the institute, culminating in an assessment at the end of the class.  Depending on the results of this assessment, the installers are certified through the institute.  The company then chooses to become part of the institute, thereby ensuring that any future paver installations will be according to the code and standards set by the institute.

By ensuring your contractor is a certified paver installer, you are ensuring that your patio, driveway, and walkway will be built right, and built to last.

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About the Author

Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

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