How to Install Concrete Pavers
Homeowners are often faced with challenges related to a remodel of renovation. The landscaping of your home is equally as important as the interior, and if you’re looking to install concrete pavers, rest assured that this beautiful addition to your landscaping can be achieved in an organic and stress-free way.
When preparing for pavers installation it’s important to work with ICPI certified installation contractors. ICPI contractors for your interlocking pavers system have been specially trained in interlocking concrete pavers installation and have extensive knowledge of all guidelines.
To install concrete pavers, homeowners can expect the following process to take place:
1. Demo & Excavation
In the beginning stages of the installation process, your ICPI certified contractor will need to remove any existing landscaping where the concrete pavers will be installed. Whether it be your driveway or back patio, your contractor will need to excavate the area to prepare for base installation and compaction.
Both before and after excavation, it’s important that your pavers contractor arrange for a soil inspection. This is to ensure no organic materials or large rocks remain in the soil.
2. Base Installation & Compaction
The base installation and compaction is an important step before laying concrete pavers. During compaction, pavers contractors will ensure the soil is in proper condition for installation.
Base installation and the base layers should generally be between 4 and 6 inches deep, with the depth of the base layer generally influenced by soil type. This layer should be level, firmly compacted, and will help prevent pavers from shifting once installed.
3. Bedding Sand Installation
Bedding Sand is added once the base is set. The layer of bedding sand is leveled or screeded and ensures proper and high-quality interlocking pavers. Bedding sand also assures a smooth surface, and should be approximately one inch deep, spread evenly.
4. Pavers Installation with Polymeric Sand
After bedding sand installation, your pavers contractor will use Polymeric Sand for the pavers installation.
Polymeric Sand is essentially a binding agent that keeps the pavers together. Your pavers contractor should be using this sand and assuring it’s evenly distributed between pavers. The is a key step that strengthens the finished concrete pavers by up to 20%.
In addition, this step also helps prevent unwanted material from getting between the pavers, such as debris and weeds. When wet the Polymeric Sand will soften and firm up when dry. This allows the pavers to better resist the movement of soil underneath.
5. Final Compaction
The final compaction of your concrete pavers installation is used to strengthen and set the interlocking system.
At this stage of install, compaction should be within 6 feet of an unrestrained edge or laying face. Additionally, your concrete pavers will have had all joints and crevices filled at this stage with Polymeric Sand. The excess sand is removed, and any uncompacted edges can be covered with a waterproof covering (this is optional and subject to weather).
6. Sealer Application
While a paver sealer is considered optional, it is highly recommended when considering the longevity of your concrete pavers. Sealers help keep your pavers resistant from stains, oil, dirt, etc.
Perhaps most important for homeowners in Southern California, sealer application helps protect your concrete pavers from UV rays. In a state where the sun is quite easy to come by, a sealer will help your pavers retain their natural color, keeping them vibrant and like new for years to come.
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