How are Interlocking Pavers installed? 



Excavation

You must excavate 8”-9” deep and compact the ground in the area where the pavers will be laid.

 

Base application
A quality base application is essential to the success of your paver project.  4”-6” of road base must be installed to ensure the pavers will not move excessively.  3/4” processed gravel (we use Class 2 road base) should be used to guarantee proper drainage beneath the pavers.
Compaction
Proper compaction is critical!  Doing this step properly and thoroughly will provide your pavers with the solid base they need to have a long life.
Setting Bed
Apply 1”-1 1/2” of bedding sand over the compacted base material. This sand provides a bed in which the pavers are set as well as helps to protect the sand joints from being eroded away.  Compact the sand.  Check to ensure there is at least 1” of sand on top of the base material, as some of the sand will settle within the gravel during compaction.
Install Pavers
Place pavers close together in desired design.  Some pavers are made with bumps on the edges for spacing purposes.  If you need to cut pavers to fit, use a diamond saw or masonry chisel and safety glasses.  Once all the pavers are laid, compact them using a mechanical plate compactor.
Apply Polymeric Sand
Apply polymeric sand using a push broom to sweep it into place.  Make sure you give thorough, even coverage to all your interlocking pavers.  Gently spray water to wet the Polymeric sand (also called “joint sand”).  This will cause the sand to harden, keeping the pavers in place as well as inhibiting weed growth.
Maintenance
Properly installed pavers will require virtually no maintenance.  Regular sweeping of pavers is recommended, especially if your pavers are in a shaded or damp area which could make them prone to salt deposits or moss build-up.  Power washing is not recommended as it can dislodge the joint sand.  If pavers must be power-washed, make sure to reapply Polymeric sand.

Hire a Professional!

Installing pavers may seem like a good do-it-yourself project.  In reality, paver installation is very labor intensive and the cost of renting or purchasing tools and compaction equipment can easily break your weekend project’s budget.   As with any construction project, injuries can occur during paver installation.  Each paver weighs between 8 and 10 lbs. Brute strength and exceptional stamina are required to repeatedly lift and carry the pavers to their place.  Our professional paver installers have been installing pavers for more than a decade and have perfected their craft to be able to install hundreds of square feet per day.  A quality paver installation requires careful planning and attention to detail.  Call us to schedule your estimate and let our professional paver installers create the outdoor space of your dreams!

Why are Interlocking Pavers better than concrete?

There are many advantages to choosing interlocking pavers over concrete for your driveway, patio, and walkways.  For approximately the same price per square foot, you can enjoy the durability and aesthetics of interlocking pavers in a style that will compliment your home.

Pavers are guaranteed to endure even the harshest conditions without cracking or crumbling and are roughly four times stronger than concrete.  Interlocking paving stones are sand jointed to allow flexibility, eliminating the possibility of joint cracking.  And, unlike concrete, pavers can be pulled and replaced piece by piece, making repairs quick and inexpensive, and avoiding any unsightly patches where the repair takes place. 

Paving stones are available in a variety of colors, textures and shapes.  They can be laid in a number of different patterns, adding visual interest and differentiating areas.  You can even go as far as to create a paver basketball court!  When you choose interlocking pavers for your hardscape, you ensure that you will have a beautiful and durable outdoor space that you will enjoy for years to come.Type your paragraph here.

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