Proper Paver Installation
The following steps will help you to know what to look for in a proper paver installation.
- Excavate the soil to the proper depth
- Run the proper tamper over the soil to compact and check for bad soil and pumping
- Install separation fabric over the soil ( this helps to bridge over bad soils).
- Start installing the proper base @ the proper depth and compact with the proper tamper, every 2" lift of base. The base should be a minimum of 6+ inches thick for sidewalks and patios, and 9-12" for driveways and heavy traffic. It's critical that the base be sloped properly to allow for proper drainage. Note: BASE INSTALLATION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF ANY INSTALLATION.
- Next is the installation of proper type of bedding sand. The sand should be no thicker then 1".
- Start laying the pavers, making sure to keep checking your lines for straightness and keep the pavers laid tight to each other.
- Cut in where necessary.
- Install edge restraint using 10" spikes. The spike and edge restraint should be installed on top of the compacted base.
- Tamp pavers with a rubber padded tamper.
- Sweep the joints of the pavers with sand or polymeric sand.
- Re tamp and Re sweep.
- Lightly mist surface several time to activate the polymeric sand and to help ensure that all the joints are filled sufficiently.