Paving your own walkways can be tricky, but we’ve got a couple of helpful tips that will ensure you get it right the first time.
Measure everything twice and plan things out properly
Make sure you plan everything out before you start placing pavers down. Measure everything twice to ensure that you haven’t misjudged something because it can be a problem later on.
Be mindful of the paver materials you use
Some pavers are really expensive and others are much better valued for money despite their looks. Do a bit of research on multiple paver types to ensure you’re getting a good deal. If you’re unsure about materials to use, then we suggest speaking to a paver contractor if possible. You might also want to do some research on bedding materials as well because the right choice can depend on your circumstances.
Start with a clean walkway foundation
Make sure you sweep up any dirt and debris before you start laying down your pavers. This will ensure that your pavers are flat and balanced. As you lay down more paving, make sure you keep it clean by sweeping away any debris that could disrupt the bedding or get into the gaps between your bedding.
Level the walkway area with bedding material
Sand is one of the most common materials used for preparing an area for pavers. If your paving project will take a while, only level out the area that you plan to work on and repeat as you go. This will ensure that you don’t need to re-level areas later due to the weather or people walking on it.
Don’t use plastic garden bedding
Some DIYers choose to use plastic bedding because they think it might prevent weeds from growing. Unfortunately, this only serves to trap water which can cause other problems. It can ruin any existing bedding and could lead to damage to your paving later on.
Take your time with the installation process
Don’t try to rush through the paving process. You can eventually get into a rhythm that speeds you up, but you shouldn’t cut corners as this can cause the final result to look off.
Don’t be afraid to ask outdoor professionals for help with your paver walkway
Paving projects can get really big, especially if you’re paving a large area. If this is the case, you may want to ask for some assistance from friends and family members when possible. Alternatively, you could seek professional assistance from a local paver contractor.
If you’re not 100% confident in installing walkway pavers or if your project gets a little too much to handle, then we highly suggest getting in touch with Sequoia Stonescapes for assistance. We’re one of the finest professional paver installation companies in Oregon and are more than happy to install your pavers for you.