what to know before starting your outdoor paver project

5 Things To Know Before You Install Backyard Pavers

Before installing new outdoor pavers in your home backyard area, there are a few things that you should understand first. The process is one that’s easy to get wrong if you’re doing it for the first time or don’t really understand what you’re doing.

So, get it right without facing unnecessary problems later on, here are the five factors to understand ahead of starting the project.

1. The Right Material is Vital

Before doing anything else, consider which materials you are going to use for the pavers in your backyard. You want to make sure that the path is going to be steady, strong, and sturdy for a long time to come, and the right material will be able to withstand plenty of usage and potential damage over the years. All of that is dictated by the material chosen.

2. A Little Digging Before the Project Helps a Lot

When creating a pathway in your outdoor garden area, make sure that it is going to stay secure for a long time to come, and that’s easier to achieve when you dig down beforehand. As long as it is safe to do so and there are no wires or water pipes, dig down about 10 inches or so, so you have a good foundation. This ensures that pavers will hold secure when they pave the path. It is also a good idea to call 811 before digging to protect your home, make sure there are no utilities in your digging area.

3. Mitigate Future Weed Issues

The last thing you want to be dealing with later is weeds coming up through the cracks in your new outdoor pathway. Weeds are strong and can seriously damage your hardscape and derail your hard work if you let them. So think about the future when laying your path. Consider laying a new gravel base foundation, and a landscaping cloth to prevent weeds from being able to get through. 

4. Apply Sand to the Gaps between Pavers

When you’ve laid the pavers in your backyard, you’ll want to make sure that any gaps and cracks between stones are properly dealt with. And that’s something you can deal with via the use of sand. Laying down some sand comes with a range of benefits, including reducing future strain and further preventing weeds from causing issues to your outdoor area later on.

5. You’ll Probably Need to Install More Pavers Than You Think

One thing to keep in mind before getting started with this project is that you’re probably going to need to lay more pavers than you think you’ll need. So when working out how many you think you’ll need, add a few extra for security. The chances are you’ll end up using them or some will get damaged during installation. Having that extra backup on hand is never a bad idea.

Installing new backyard outdoor pavers to your home is an important process and will impact the appearance and quality of your outdoor area for a long time to come. That’s precisely why you should approach the process in the right way, and the five points we’ve discussed above should help you to get the process right.

Get in touch with us at (503)-932-7605. We’ve got an eye for practical solutions and can help you create beautiful outdoor hardscape with pavers.

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