Before you dive into fitting your new pavers, it is a good idea to take a moment to make sure that you do it properly. After all, they are a significant expense and you want them to look good and last for many years. Here, we look at some of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to paver installation.
DO have a plan and make sure you mark out your project design area
Before you do anything else, it is a good idea to employ design software to make a map or drawing of the space where your paving will be installed. A scaled design will be beneficial to you in a number of ways.
First and foremost, it will aid you in the process of determining all of the items you will need. The other advantage of creating a mock-up of this type is that it will allow you to see how your finished project will look in relation to the other landscaping and architectural features on your property. This will make sure you end up with a paved area that you will love.
DON’T try and guess with hardscape materials
It is really important to make sure that you measure and map out your project area rather than making guesses. Without doing this, you will not know how much space you have, especially when you factor in things such as fire pits and patio furniture, and any other things that you might want on your paved installation.
DO hire a professional for installing pavers
Really, this should be the top one! When it comes to installing paving stones, leaving it to the professionals is always the best idea. A professional paver installation company such as Sequoia Stonescapes has years of experience when it comes to laying down paving. From design to installation, you know that you are getting a company that is ICPI certified and has proven great results.
DON’T put plastic down
If you are attempting to lay down your own paving, it is vital that you do not place plastic underneath the installation. Many people mistakenly believe that it will stop weeds from growing, but what it actually does is trap moisture and cause a whole host of other issues. The majority of the time, seeds begin to germinate at the top of the crevices and work their way down. To effectively inhibit weed growth, use high-quality polymeric sand and ensure that it has been put into all joints within 3 mm (1/8 inch) of the surface.
If you are working in an area that is predominantly clay or other poorly draining material, it is best practice to lay down a layer of geotextile first, followed by your granular base. Using this method, you will create a mechanical barrier that will stabilize the clay and prevent it from combining with your good sub-base materials.
DO allow yourself plenty of time
If you are leaving the job to a professional paver installation company, they will be able to get the job done quickly and accurately. However, if you are doing it yourself, allow plenty of time so that you do not rush and make careless errors that could inhibit the integrity and aesthetics of your installation.
With over 10 years of experience, our family-owned paver installation company would love to help with your hardscape goals.
We also provide peace of mind with a 5-year warranty. Get in touch with us at (503)-932-7605 for more information about the dos and don’t of installing pavers. We’ve got an eye for practical solutions and can help you create beautiful outdoor esthetics for your front or backyard.