Paving stones are long-lasting and versatile, and they can be customized to be dramatic or low-key. However, the process of installing pavers requires planning, elbow grease, and patience.
Step One – The Plan
An efficient plan is very important, so we use graph paper to design a scaled drawing of the project area. We recommend that you choose an area that has adequate drainage for durable and safety reasons. The ground should slope away from your home or any other structures.
You should contact your local utilities company to obtain information about your property so that we won’t accidentally strike any pipes or cables.
Next, you should select a material; concrete and brick pavers are very popular. However, you should select a style that suits your liking and your budget.
To calculate the amount of pavers that you will need, measure the square footage and add five percent. If your property has many curves, you should add an additional 10 percent to the square footage estimate.
Buying extra is recommended because we may have to cut some of the pavers so that they will fit properly. Fancy outlines usually require the most cuts.
Our technicians install pavers above the surface to prevent water pooling on the pavers. This is why we always begin at the highest point when we plan a slope.
Step Two – Excavation
All spaces that will be exposed to foot traffic will have 4-6 inches of base material. 12 inches of material will be used for driveways. The base material is commonly a crushed stone that has irregular edges. Base material is important because it stays strong after it is compacted. If a base has poor structural integrity, drainage problems will ruin the paving.
The final steps involve installing the edge restraints and laying a layer of sand. The restraints hold the shape of the pavers. If your property is irregularly shaped, we will have to cut them so that they will follow the edges of the design. The sand is a key component because it holds the pavers in place. We use a coarse sand, and we smooth it to a depth of about one inch.
Step Three – Installation
When the pavers are installed, there will be gaps, but this is not a huge concern because there must be a 1/16 to 1/8 inch gap between the pavers. We commonly seal pavers to increase durability and lower maintenance.