The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) provides important guidance for homeowners who are planning to build concrete paver projects, such as walkways, patios, driveways, and outdoor living areas.
American and Canadian homeowners are projected to purchase more than 550 million square feet of concrete pavers and have them installed in 2019, according to industry sales statistics. When properly installed and maintained, these projects provide years of outdoor enjoyment.
“Concrete paver projects are best built by professional contractors specializing in concrete paver construction,” said Kendall Anderegg, ICPI Board Chair. “ICPI and its manufacturer and dealer members sponsor education courses around the country to help contractors and their staff achieve ICPI certification and learn installation best practices.”
To be an ICPI Certified Concrete Paver Installer, these professionals have:
- Completed the ICPI Concrete Paver Installer Course
- Passed the course examination
- Learned industry best installation practices
- Documented significant concrete paver installation work experience
- Renewed their certification every two years by participating in continuing education courses
Consumers can search for ICPI Contractor Members who employ certified installers by visiting www.concretepavers.org. In addition, homeowners can visit ICPI’s YouTube channel to watch a short video about the importance of ICPI certification.
In addition, prior to hiring, ICPI recommends asking contractors the following five key questions:
- How many years have you been installing pavers?
- Can you provide references from recent and past concrete paver projects?
- Do you have a project portfolio and letters of recommendation about previous projects?
- Will you provide a detailed description of what will be done in the proposal? (The proposal should include start and completion dates, demolition and excavation, base and paving materials, base thickness and installation.)
- Will you install the job per ICPI best practice guidelines and warranty workmanship of the installation? (ICPI best practices are the industry’s technical resources often used by manufacturers and contractors.)
For additional concrete paver information, design ideas, links to manufacturers’ websites, information about installation and maintenance best practices, homeowners should visit www.concretepavers.org.