While you think about decorating your house, paving can be an excellent option that can definitely upgrade your property to a whole new level. Whether it be your driveway, patio, porch or any other place, pavers can make your space look brand new. Not only this, but pavers are also durable and long lasting. Unlike other decors that might wither over with time, pavers are worth the budget spent on them. Though you can install them yourself, professional help will definitely produce a better and reliable look! Before we dive into pavers’ installation method, it’s necessary to know about the pavers first—what they are and what are the different types.
WHAT ARE PAVERS
As the name suggests, pavers are paving stones, tiles or bricks that serve the purpose of exterior flooring. They can be made up of different materials like concrete, clay, or stone where each one of them is further mixed up with additives that give colors to pavers. The mixture is then finally set into different shapes with the help of molds.
PAVERS INSTALLATION (DIY)
If you are planning to install pavers yourself, here are some of the key steps that you may follow for the successful installation.
1. Start Off with A Plan
Before jumping into the actual procedure, it’s important to plan out everything. Start by selecting the area you want to pave—it can be a driveway, patio, walkway, etc. It’s advisable to map out the area which you want to pave on a piece of paper first to avoid any future blunders. Keep in mind that a paver must slope away from your property, so do installation accordingly. Secondly, to make sure that your pavers last, it must have adequate drainage. To ensure this, there is a recommended slope of 1/8 inch per linear foot.
2. Contact Your Local Utility Company
When you do things on your own, it’s important to eliminate all sorts of risks in order to have a foolproof installation. Thus, it’s better to contact the utility company in your jurisdiction before installation to avoid cutting into any pipe or wire during the process.
3. Picking the Right Pavers
Pavers come in different materials, shapes, styles, and colors. Choose what you like but most importantly what is suitable for your project. Because of the heavy weight involved, it’s better if you get them delivered to your door. And always order extra pavers. You never know if you might need more as breakage is bound to occur when sizing them.
4. Make Your Slope
You won’t like puddles of water collecting on your pavers, so to avoid this build pavers slightly above the level of the surrounding area. Start the construction by marking the highest and the lowest point of your property. This can be a difficult task and some professional help might be needed. However, if you still want to do it on your own keep in mind that you must make the outer boundary at least 1/8th of an inch lower than your paved surface.
5. Dig Out the Space
Walkway pavers or patio pavers need a base area of approximately 4-6 inches while driveway pavers, especially over a wet damp area, need a base of almost 12 inches or better still we use a poured concrete base. When you dig, leave some space for the sand layer and edge restraints also. Again, these measurements need to be highly precise and it’s better to consult a professional. Cut out smooth edges and also leave a 6 – 12-inch space around them to work efficiently.
6. Set Your Base
The base usually consists of CR6 crushed rock which is highly important to make the area durable, strong and long-lasting. It also ensures proper drainage. While setting the base make sure that it’s tightly packed. Lay the base in batches—don’t add more than 3 inches of a base in one batch. For small scale projects, you can compact the base with the help of a hand tamper, however, for large scale projects, you will definitely need a mechanical compactor. Keep taking the measurements to make sure that you are not exceeding the height limit. To have a more stable surface add some base outside your boundaries. Finally, secure the base with edge restraints. Choose edge restraints of at least 12-inch spikes to secure the base successfully. Finally, cover the base with sand of not more than one and a half inches in height.
7. Install the Pavers
Now, finally, lay your pavers. Always begin lining at a 90-degree corner and make sure to set them in straight lines. Remember to always stand on the pavers that you have already layered and then work your way out. You might also need to cut them at the edges for which you will be needing a masonry saw. Just like the base, compact the pavers with the help of a tamper or mechanical compactor. In case of any gaps between pavers, fill them up with polymeric sand. The sand locks the pavers and makes them even more durable.
PROS AND CONS OF DIY PAVER INSTALLATION
Installing pavers yourself can be a great way to save on your budget. This way you only have to pay for materials, supplies, and deliveries. DIY paver installation is a fun process where you can indulge your family and friends and work in a relaxing and comfortable mode.
However, there are disadvantages, especially if you don’t have any experience. At any point, the slightest mistake in the measurements can ruin the whole process. You might also cut into a drainage pipe, cable or wire during the process. In addition to all this, you will need special tools for the project that, if you don’t already possess, you would have to buy on your own.
A professional on the other hand is a skilled person with way more experience. He can do all the measurements accurately, complete the whole process in a shorter time and brings the proper tools needed with him so you don’t need to buy or store anything.
Just to recap, here are a few good reasons to consider professional help when installing pavers.
1) Saves time.
2) Accurate measurements.
3) Safe and proper excavation and damage avoidance.
4) A professional finish and warranty.
However, if you want to try installing pavers on your own, and run into a problem, please don’t hesitate to call for some free advice. We may be able to talk you through whatever situation you’ve run into and save you some time and expense.
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