Easy Guide to Installing Pavers
Installing pavers in your landscape will transform the space into something spectacular. Traditional cement driveways, patios, and walkways are dull and boring. With a single grey color, they are functional but do not add a design element or enhance the look of your home. Paving stones are actually more durable than cement and absolutely stunning.
If you have been considering installing pavers, you should first use our free pavers visualizer tool. This free design tool allows you to take a picture of the area where you would want pavers to go, upload the photo, and select pavers that are then placed onto your image and arranged in a design of your choosing. This will give you inspiration and show you what your project will look like once completed. If you don’t have time, simply call Go Pavers for a free consultation, and we can do this for you.
All of our listed pavers prices per square foot include the cost of demolition, labor, and materials. If, however, installing pavers on your own sounds more fun, you can do so by following these steps.
- Prepare the area. Prior to installing pavers, remove any lawn furniture, toys, debris, or existing cement that is in the space.
- Measure and outline. It is important for you to measure the area so that you purchase enough paving stones. You should also outline the space using stakes and twine so that you will know exactly where to dig. Once you start, it can be difficult to see the entire project, so this is an important step.
- Start digging. You will need to excavate the area by digging 6 to 8 inches deep. Keep the area as consistent and flat as possible. If you are doing this on a slope, measure in multiple places to ensure it is the same depth everywhere.
- Lay the base. A gravel base should be laid that is 4 to 6 inches deep.
- Compact the base. The base is what provides stability to your paving stones. When installing pavers, it is essential that you compact the base as tightly as possible to ensure that it provides ultimate stability and strength for your pavers.
- Install you pavers. This is where you can be creative. You can arrange your paving stones in any pattern or design that you like. You can create shapes, use a border, and more. Using our pavers visualizer tool before you start the project will give you an outline to follow.
- Compact your pavers. When installing pavers, you need to ensure that everything is compacted down to promote long term stability.
- Use the sand filler. There is a special sand filler that needs to be used for pavers projects. This sand filler goes in the joints that are in between each paving stones. Since the stones are held together by sand, they are able to expand and contract with weather conditions and move with the earth. This is what makes pavers earthquake resistant.
- Clean your pavers. Use a broom and the hose to wash your pavers and remove any lingering debris from the installation.
- Inspection. Walk around your pavers and inspect them to ensure that nothing appears loose and that the sand filler goes up to the top of each of your paving stones. If not, add more.
- Paver sealer. If you want to keep your pavers looking new longer, and help to keep them clean, use a pavers sealer when installing pavers. The sealer will prevent stains from penetrating into the stone.
Go Pavers is an Orange County pavers contractor. If you would rather have someone do this for you, we can help. Our experts have received numerous awards including the Angie’s List Super Service award for three years in a row. Call us today for your free consultation.
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