FAQ


What are the technical specifications of different materials offered by Hindustan?

Ans : Interlocking Paver Block: Pavers are generally made to have a min Av. Compressive strength of 400 kgs / cm2. Pavers can be made as per customer specifications. We have supplied pavers with compressive strengths in excess of 550 kg / cm2. Water absorption less than 10% and abrasion resistance under 2mm can be made available. Pavers are generally available in thickness of 60 mm, 80 mm, 100 mm. Other thickness may be possible on request


How do I select the correct paving material for my application?

Selection Criteria

Interlocking Concrete Paving Blocks

Chequered / Landscaping tiles flooring

RCC Road, Bituminous Road

Flexibility / Reusability

Flooring is flexible and hence allows repairs, changes, relocation, laying of utilities etc most easily

Fixed and permanent flooring. Difficult but possible to carry out good quality repair job. Relocation not possible.

Fixed flooring, possible to repair but patches will remain. Relocation etc not possible

Ease and Speed of Installation

Large Areas can be completed in very short time with minimum disturbance at site. Ideal for speedy and aesthetic execution , and paving of working (in use) sites if a decent sub-base exists (e.g. renovations)

Large areas can be executed but base preparation takes longest, and site unusable during execution. Care has to be taken to see that tile finish are not spoilt by improper cleanliness during fixing on cement bed

Large areas can be executed in short time but site unusable during execution.

Ease and Speed of Installation

Large Areas can be completed in very short time with minimum disturbance at site. Ideal for speedy and aesthetic execution , and paving of working (in use) sites if a decent sub-base exists (e.g. renovations)

Large areas can be executed but base preparation takes longest, and site unusable during execution. Care has to be taken to see that tile finish are not spoilt by improper cleanliness during fixing on cement bed

Large areas can be executed in short time but site unusable during execution.

Load Transfer

Transfer the load horizontally and vertically and hence ideally suited for very heavy loads

Transfer the load vertically only but is recommended for low traffic and small areas like path ways of the garden etc.

Transfer the load vertically and suited for heavy loads as per preparation.

Excellent aesthetics

Various design, colour options possible and generally highly aesthetic landscaping possible.

All design and colour options give best aesthetics, neatness and cleanliness.

Not possible

Cleanability

Need more concentration for cleaning

Very good cleanability with the good aesthetics.

Need more concentration for cleaning

Skidding Resistant

Skid resistant even during monsoon

Skid resistant even during monsoon

Will have skidding effect during monsoon

Underground Repairing

Possible due to removing and refitting can be made.

Not Possible without dismantling

Not Possible without dismantling.

Durability

High Durability. Quite resistant to abrasion and weathering cycles

High Durability. Quite resistant to abrasion and weathering cycles

High wear and weather will break down surface. Black seal coat required every 2-3 years. Ruts or pothole repairs make ugly patches. Subject to erosion from oil drippings.


How do I maintain my floorings?

Ans : Paving Blocks:

  • Use the nylon brush for cleaning the grooves of paving block.
  • Do not allow debris to build up on your concrete block surface.
  • It is advised that you clean-up oil spills brake fluid or other chemical spills.
  • Avoid car washing on your drive ways

Chequered Tiles :

  • During the fitting time especially during joint filing, use the cement in such a way that the cement should not come out on the surface of tiles which disturbs the beauty of tiles.
  • Do not use acid for cleaning chequered tiles floor.
  • Wash the floor at a regular interval.
  • Use the nylon brush for cleaning the grooves of tiles.Do not allow debris to build up on your concrete block surface.It is advised that you clean-up oil spills brake fluid or other chemical spills.
  • Avoid car washing on your drive ways

Terrazzo Tiles :

  • Remove the stains from the surface as early as possible so as not to give the chance the mosaic material to absorb the stain causing material.
  • Dry dust should be firstly removed by dry cloth and then wash it with clean water and cleaning agents.
  • For making the extra shine floor, repolishing should be made by the regular time intervals.
  • Do not use acid for cleaning terrazzo tiles floor
  • Waxing may cause the deposition of dust on floor and that tend to staining problem. Use Penetrating sealers having characteristics of penetration in cement thus sealing the pores and greatly reducing its absorptive qualities.
  • Use the warm water with liquid detergent or any other recommended cleaning agent for cleaning the stains.

What kind and level of customization can be done by Hindustan Tiles for our projects?

Ans : As a firm, we have always been challenged by requests for customizing our products as per client's needs. The opportunity to supply innovative, high quality products, along with turnkey solutions for sites, through academic interaction with design professionals, is the thing that really gets us going. Our products can be altered for shape, colours, textures, sizes, aggregates used and also some other characteristics. We request you to let us understand your project needs.


How soon can I get my pavers?

Ans : Hindustan Cement Pipes & Concrete Works can get you your pavers within 2-3 days for in-stock material. For special orders, you can count on your pavers in 3-4 weeks depending on the selection of the items


How strong are the pavers?

Ans : Pavers are over 3 to 4 times the strength of poured-in-place concrete. Pavers have an average minimum strength of 45 Mpa.


Can paving stones be installed anywhere instead of asphalt or poured concrete?

Ans : Yes. Hindustan's paving system will instantly improve your home's appearance and increase its appraised value. With dozens of shapes and colours to choose from, design possibilities for driveways, walkways, patios & pools, sunrooms and other areas are endless.


How well do interlocking concrete pavements perform over the long term?

Ans : One of the best performance examples for streets and sidewalks is found in City Center Mall, Untawadi, Nashik.


Do pavers need to be mortared into place?

Ans : No mortar is needed to install concrete pavers. It is recommended that you use course granular sand, which will bind the pavers together with a friction joint. This sand is swept into the joints and compacted to achieve the proper installation.


Can you use these pavers for a driveway?

Ans : Yes, however a minimum of 4 to 6 inch foundation of road base is required in order to handle the weight of the load. Also, we recommend that instead of using the Brickstop edging restraint you use a precast Concrete Kerbstone available from HINDUSTAN or a concrete toe with a piece of #3 rebar.


Can you place concrete pavers over an existing concrete patio?

Ans : Yes you can, in fact your existing concrete slab will be an excellent base, provided it is in good condition. You still need an edge restraint to keep the pavers from spreading or you can mortar a soldier course border of Brick shaped Paver around the perimeter of your existing slab. Then set the main field of pavers on a regular sand bed.


What about water drainage off my patio?

Ans : Water actually runs off the surface of the pavers as if it were a solid slab; very little water drains into the sand. It is important to consider slope when planning your patio. A 1 in 100 slope of run should be sufficient.


Does the water drain through the sand around the pavers?

Ans : No, the water does not drain through the sand around the pavers. If they are installed properly, you will only get a little bit of seepage for the first few weeks but after that the silts and dust in the air will seal that off entirely. So you need to build in a natural slope to your paver project for water run off. Typically it is recommended that you allow for a slope of 1 inch for every 8 to 12 feet of paving away from your home. This should be enough slope to carry the water off naturally.


How do I control weeds and grass from coming up in my paver patio and walkways?

Ans : For the most part, if the pavers were installed properly and a compactor was used on the pavers to lock them into place, you have cut off much of the growing environment. There will still be times when seeds can blow in and start growing in the sand between the cracks. When this happens you can usually pull them out very easily or spray them with a weed killer and then remove them. Another care to take is to use proper construction sand with minimum silt for bedding and jointing of pavers.


Do concrete pavers stain?

Ans : There is no way that we can prevent oil from dripping on concrete pavers but because of the fact that they are more dense than regular poured concrete they will be easier to clean if the stain is cleaned soon after it happens. If you are working around your paver patio, walkway, or driveway with paint, cement, or mortar and should accidentally spill this on your paver surface, you should clean it off right away before it has a chance to dry or it will stain your pavers. If cleaning of stained pavers is not possible, you will be able to remove the pieces that are stained and replace them without needing to sawcut and leave a scar in your paving.


How do I replace a paver?

Ans : One of the benefits of a project built with Hindustan pavers is the ability to replace a paver should it become permanently stained. Simply take a flat head screwdriver and insert it between stones and pry the soiled stone out. If the installation is mature, it may be necessary to break the stone and then pry it out.


Should I use a sealer on my pavers?

Ans : The only reason for using a sealer on pavers is to deepen the color and to have some water repellence. If you choose to use a sealer just remember that you will be setting yourself up for maintenance because they will have to be resealed once every one to two years depending on the traffic. Of course you can choose not to re-seal the pavers too.


Can I use concrete pavers near a tree? Will it hurt the tree?

Ans : On an established tree, if you're not raising the soils around the tree by any more than a couple of inches, it shouldn't hurt the tree. Well established trees normally get their water from underground sources. Solid poured concrete can actually suffocate a tree by not letting the roots breath but using concrete pavers allows the transfer of air to the tree. Do not pave over the dripline of a newly planted tree.


How hot are concrete pavers if I use them around a pool as a pool deck?

Ans : Concrete pavers won't be as cool as a cool deck, but it will be the next coolest thing that can be used instead of cool deck. In fact cool deck isn't as cool as it used to be because of the requirement to remove the asbestos used to give it some of its coolness. Concrete pavers, being individual pieces won't build up heat like a solid sheet of concrete and the heat will tend to dissipate between each stone making pavers a cool product to use around a pool. One cool tip is to always use light colors for a pool deck.


Can I put concrete pavers over a driveway that is cracked in several places?

Ans :If the cracks in your driveway have started to drop or heave too much, which means that it doesn't have much reinforcing steel, it is recommended that you break out the old driveway before you lay your pavers. If your cracked driveway is still basically flat then you can use it for a base for your pavers. Any minor dips can be filled with concrete mix before screeding your sand. You should mortar set the Holland Stone paver in a soldier course (placing the Holland Stone side-by-side in the mortar) all around your perimeter border. Then screed your 1 inch of sand bed for your field pavers. After your sand bed is screeded you can lay your pavers and compact them into the sand bed. Next you would throw a light layer of sand on the field pavers and compact it one more time to complete the lockup. Once that is complete you should sweep sand into the joints and then sweep off the excess and your job should be complete