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OUR ICPI PAVERS INSTALLATION PROCES
- Demo and/or Excavation of existing surface and haul away– 6-9 inches
- Installation of Geo-fabric Layer (optional at additional cost)
- Installation of Class 2 Road Base – 3” to 4” designated for foot traffic, 4”-6” for vehicle traffic
- Drainage System Installation (optional at additional cost)
- Base Compaction
- Bedding Sand Installation – approx. 1 inch
- Installation of Paving Stones
- Pavers Compaction
- Polymeric Joint Sand Installation
- Sealer Application On Pavers (optional at additional cost)
Pavers Installation Step By Step
Every contractor can install pavers, what sets us apart is our attention to details, efficiency, use of technology and customer service. Please read our intense process for each paver installation project we do. At Go Pavers, quality is always priority. Our skilled artisans work to guarantee that the installation will deliver the durability and strength that pavers are treasured for. Every step in the process—from carefully compacting the gravel base to the placement of the paving stones—is professionally performed to ensure the highest quality results.
PAVERS AND DESIGN PLANNING
Go Pavers uses state-of-the-art technology to provide fast, free and accurate on-site design consultations and price estimates. Artisan project managers guide you through the process every step of the way as they work to transform your drab backyard into an amazing outdoor living space. From initial site measurements and contract quotes through the cleaning and sealing, Go Pavers provides simple, easy-to-understand breakdowns for all services and products so you can make smart, cost effective decisions quickly and accurately.
To ensure complete safety and certify that your property complies with State and local requirements, Go Pavers works with Dig Alert to identify and properly locate all in-ground utilities including electrical, gas and water mainlines.
At Go Pavers preparation is just as important as production. To help guarantee that there are no surprises, a team manager and a dedicated project manager will meet with you prior to production to confirm every detail of your project before transferring that information for off-site management.
When needed, professional heavy duty machinery, such as a Bob-cat, will be used to demolish existing hard-scape surfaces. Go pavers uses industry standard practices and tools when demolishing customer property regardless of the scope or scale.
As a standard practice, Go Pavers excavates approximately nine inches from final grade in vehicular traffic areas and seven inches from final grade in areas trafficked by foot.
Grading is built into most pavers projects to create a natural slope for water run-off. All grading is performed with the final design in mind and provides an organic solution to element management.
While often overlooked by other contractors, Go Pavers utilizes professional quality compactors to compact the sub-base which ensures that there are no air gaps in the soil that may lead to unstable foundations or shifting after installation.
GEOTEXTILE FIBER (Optional)
In areas with soil problems Go Pavers recommends installing a geotextile fiber prior to base preparation. Often called a filter cloth or soil separation fabric, the fiber consists of a layer of woven or non-woven fabric that is placed between the sub-base and Class 2 road base to prevent the individual layers from mixing under repetitive traffic loading or soil movement. Los Angeles residents can determine the status of their Parcel Profile Reports by visiting the LA County Website. Check to make sure the Earthquake-Induced Liquefaction Area is marked as No. If marked as Yes, then it means you live in an area with unstable soil that is recommended for Geo-Fabric use.
Go Pavers installs Class 2 road base in standardized proportions (four inches in pedestrian areas, six inches in vehicular areas), and according to the ICPI recommended compaction ratio of 95% for ultimate performance.
Go Pavers adds one inch of specialized paver sand—debris free and designed for optimal bedding—on top of the compacted road base to assist with securing the paving stones.
LAYING THE PAVERS
Pavers are laid in the pattern chosen for your particular design according to the ICPI guidelines for maximum length, lines and sizes to ensure a beautiful finish that will last.
BORDERS AND BEAMS
Go Pavers installs six inch by four inch concrete beams around installation areas, in order to “contain” the interlocking pavers. While other contractors often opt for plastic retainers, which may work fine in very low temperatures, our experience in Southern California has shown us that concrete borders performs best under the weather conditions most common in this area.
Go Pavers uses Polymeric sand—a high-tech compound of graded sand and binder, specially formulated for the filling of narrow or wide joints when installing pavers or slabs, or when replacing existing joints—on all paver projects. Unlike conventional sand which can be easily loosened and washed away by daily exposure to the elements, Polymeric sand binds the grains together to create solid, yet flexible joints that will maintain their bonds season after season, even in harsh climates.
COMPACT PAVING STONES
Go Pavers use a plate compactor to force the pavers securely into the bedding sand ensuring maximum sturdiness and permanent positioning. During this process bedding sand fill the paver joints causing them to expand and assist with the interlocking action that will hold each paver in place relative to one another, thus supplying the name: interlocking pavers.
POLYMERIC SAND ACTIVATION
The polymeric sand used between paving stones is activated by spraying a mist of water over the joints. The water triggers the polymers and engages the binding process to hold the paving stones in place. Go Pavers believes the difference is in the details. Once the pavers have been installed, we will clean the surface, area and remove all debris as we put the finishing touches on your outdoor living space. In many cases the surface will be ready to enjoy the very next day.
SEALER APPLICATION (Optional)
Go Pavers recommends finishing the paver installation with a sealer to preserve the longevity of the stones and add a variety of professional looking finishes such as color enhancement or wet look.
Pavers Installation Technical Terms
Geotextile/Geofabric – This material is often called filter cloth or soil separation fabric. It consists of a layer of woven or non-woven fabric that is placed between the subgrade and base to prevent the two layers from mixing under repetitive traffic loading.
Base – The base is typically made of gravel. This layer of material is placed on the subgrade to support the pavement surface. In interlocking concrete pavers, the most common base material is a compacted layer of class 2 road base.
Joint Sand – Joint sand is used to fill the joint spaces between pavers to achieve vertical interlock. This sand must be clean, sharp, durable and well graded. Generally, it is best to use the same washed concrete sand ASTM C33 used for the bedding layer as the joint sand. This is particularly important when pavers are used in an area where there is vehicle traffic. When you are having a paver driveway installed, it is important to use the right quality sand to keep the pavers in place. Go Pavers goes beyond industry recommendations and uses Polymeric sand instead of a joint sand in all our installations. This is done to ensure the highest quality and longest-lasting results.
Polymeric Sand – Polymeric sand is a high-tech mix of graded sand and binder, specially formulated for the filling of narrow or wide joints when installing pavers or slabs, or when replacing existing joints. Unlike conventional sand, it stays in place and provides increased stability. The Polymeric sand is brushed into the joints between the pavers, then a light amount water is sprayed over the entire pavers area. The water activates the polymers that bind the grains of sand together creating a solid yet flexible joint. Polymeric sand will not wash out of the joints and will maintain its bond season after season, even in harsh climates.