How much will a typical installation cost?
Depending on the scope of your job, your price per square foot could be as low as $3 or as high as $15. The location of your job, the size, soil composition, unique attributes, and products selected affect this price range. Each job is bid to the specific requirements of the client.
How long do installations normally take?
We strive to complete most typical residential applications such as driveways, walkways, and patios in one or two days. Pools, retaining walls and other larger jobs can vary. Many factors can affect job timeliness including weather, material availability, job access and conditions.
How long after installation can I use my patio or driveway?
Immediately after all of the installation steps are completed, including compaction and the sweeping in of jointing sand.
Can weeds grow through my patio or driveway? How do I get rid of them?
Weeds can not grow up from below the pavers surface. The growth of weeds and grasses results from airborne seeds. A household weed killer can prevent this if necessary.
Can I replace individual pavers if something was to chip or damage them, or I need access beneath them?
A paver or group of pavers can be removed and replaced if needed with minimal disturbance to the rest of the surface; we will leave extra pavers with the client.
Will the paver colors fade?
Moderna uses only extremely high quality products. Unlike some pavers that have a thin “topcoat” our pavers are colored throughout the entire paver. Because of the suns ultraviolet rays some mild overall fading may occur over time.
I have an existing concrete walkway that is in good shape. Can I lay pavers over it?
Pavers can be laid on top of existing concrete walkways provided it is in good condition. This process will raise the grade by about three inches (this includes the bedding sand plus the thickness of the paver itself). Doorways are a particular consideration using this method.
What are thin pavers?
Thin pavers are manufactured to a similar look of pavers with a 1 inch thickness. These can be used in limited applications such as overlay on an existing concrete surface in good condition. Thin pavers are not suited for vehicular traffic, and do not provide the same interlocking properties as traditional thick pavers.
Can Moderna install pavers that I buy myself?
Depending on the characteristics product and the intended application, we may be able to install your pavers. Please keep in mind pavers available at hardware stores are typically thinner- 40mm rather the 60mm or 80mm ICPI standard and may not conform to other ASTM standards. Most store bought pavers are not recommended for high traffic and vehicular applications. We pass our contractor volume discounts on to the client and buy pavers at very good prices.
How do concrete pavers compare to stamped or patterned concrete?
Patterned and stamped concrete is merely poured concrete stamped topically with a pattern. It is susceptible to all of the cracking, durability and maintenance problems as is regular concrete or asphalt. Stamped concrete also requires expansion joints every ten feet or more. These expansion joints can be very distracting in various patterns. Concrete interlocking pavers create a more uniform, durable, and aesthetically pleasing surface
Do your products come with a guarantee?
We only use the highest quality of interlocking brick pavers and retaining wall products in America that meet or exceed ASTM standards. We provide a 25 year guarantee on the strength and structural integrity of our products.
What is efflorescence?
Efflorescence is a naturally occurring phenomenon that causes a white lime deposit on the face of any concrete product. It has to do with leaching of salts out of the concrete matrix and depositing on the surface when the water evaporates. It is not considered a defect of the material. It has no adverse effect on the physical structure of the product, and will normally wear away naturally within a few days or weeks. It can be cleaned off with a number of commercial cleaners. It should not be confused with hard water stains, although both may require the same weathering or cleaning to eliminate.
Should I seal concrete pavers?
Sealing is not essential in many applications but it offers some benefits like making spills and stains easier to remove. Liquid sealers are applied after the pavers are installed and are cleaned. We can recommend cleaners for concrete pavers. Once applied, the sealers soak into the concrete and into the joints. The sealers in the joints help keep the joint sand in place and prevent weeds and ants.
Do you use subcontractors, outside sales reps, or other people who are not part of Moderna?
We do not have a “salesman”, sales department, or use an outside sales company. An industry certified member of the Moderna team who has worked in the field and has the knowledge and real world experience to answer your questions and properly convey all of your options will come out to your property to help you determine if we are the right fit for your paver project. That same person will remain your contact and oversee your project to make sure all of your requests are fulfilled as discussed prior to the sale. Everyone who works on your project is a part of our team. We do work as a subcontractor for several paver, design, and landscape companies.
Do you own your own equipment, or rent it as you need it?
To better serve you Moderna owns every piece of equipment that will be used on your project, including dump trucks, delivery trucks and all heavy equipment.
Do you specialize in design and installation of pavers, or do you do a little of everything?
Moderna specializes in the design and installation of concrete interlocking pavers, segmental retaining walls and landscape walls, focusing on what we do best. Our goal is to provide you the best possible service for your paver and wall needs. In addition, we offer limited related services such as concrete removal and drainage routing and installation. We have worked very closely with the area’s leading experts in everything from pools to irrigation, screen rooms to summer kitchens, watergardens to fencing. We can work with your professional or recommend someone with a proven track record that we have worked with in the past that may fit your needs, ensuring that you receive seamless service either way.
Did you recently purchase your business, or are you just getting started in the last few years?
We have been designing and installing brick paver driveways, walkways, patios, pooldecks, and segmental retaining walls projects in the Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beaches, Amelia Island, St Augustine, Palm Coast, and Orange Park areas for over five years, we have the experience and expertise behind us. Moderna was started by the current owners as a small service orientated company, we pride ourselves on continuing to provide the same level of personalized service that Moderna has become known for.
Is Moderna in the Jacksonville area, or are you from out of town?
Both owners and almost every employee was born and raised in Jacksonville or the Jacksonville Beaches. We are raising our families here and are active members of the community. We have donated projects to the City of Jacksonville Beach and the Jax Beach Dog Park.
Does Moderna offer “the cheapest prices in town”?
Not always, however Moderna can offer you the best value for your money. We are able to beat many competitors’ prices and back it up with excellent service. There are many ways to cut corners and shave cost off your project- from not using a suitable thickness of underlayment, to not installing a proper edge restraint, to using “seconds” or sub-par pavers. We do not practice any of these methods. We get at least 3 calls a week from customers whose paver contractor has “bailed out” on their bad installation and refuse to honor their warrantee.
Are you licensed and insured?
Moderna carries business liability insurance with coverage of $2,000,000 per year, and $1,000,000 per occurrence. We are licensed to work in Duval, St Johns, Flagler, Nassau, Clay, Camden, and Bradford counties, and other surrounding areas. Please ask us for an insurance affidavit.
How many projects have you installed, can I view them for references?
Moderna carries business liability insurance with coverage of $2,000,000 per year, and $1,000,000 per occurrence. We are licensed to work in Duval, St Johns, Flagler, Nassau, We have completed over 1,000 projects in the Northeast Florida area. More than likely we have a project in your neighborhood. We have a half dozen or more projects in several neighborhoods such as Ocean Cay in Jacksonville Beach, Jacksonville Golf and Country Club, Marsh Landing, Sawgrass, Hidden Hills, Queens Harbor among others. Many owners welcome us back to bring potential customers, and many other projects are in non gated areas. We will be happy to take the time to show you our past projects. We also have over 5,000 square feet of pavers showcasing 17 different colors on display at 2 locations.Clay, Camden, and Bradford counties, and other surrounding areas. Please ask us for an insurance affidavit.