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Concrete Pavers Installation Tips

Concrete Pavers Installation Tips

An essential aspect of any successful and effective landscaping and hardscaping project is picking out the building materials that would provide the durability and visual aesthetics that you want. Whether it is a walkway or a patio, interlocking concrete pavers offer aesthetic beauty, durability, and functionality for a project that will look and stay beautiful for many years to come.

Versatile Design

Concrete Pavers provide the texture, color, and fit to get over nearly any design difficulty. Pavers are offered in different sizes, shapes, and colors, and you can combine textures so that they will look like costlier materials without going over budget. The rough edges of tumbled pavers make them look like slate or stone. The shot blasted pavers or bush hammered pavers feature rough as well as stone like finish. Meanwhile, ground pavers are known to have a smooth surface and resemble the appearance of terrazzo, marble, granite, as well as other cut stones.

When you are installing concrete paver systems, the majority of the work involves preparing the subsurface. As a matter of fact, you will take on most of the work on the project. These include planning, excavating, and setting up the base before you install a single paver.


To start with, get some graph paper, level, and garden hose. Begin experimenting so you will know the size and shape of the project area. Once you’ve determined those factors, the next thing you have to decide on is the number of pavers your project requires. If you are working on a project that does not have many curves, you can just rough calculate the square footage of the space and then add 5%. You need to add 10% if you are working with several curves or perhaps a paver border.


Remember the required slope, now is the best time to determine the finished height of your landscaping project. In order to lay a sufficient amount of crushed aggregate of stone bedding, base, and pavers, you have to excavate the site well under the desired surface height so as to permit the sand layers and base. To figure out the depth, you have to calculate the thickness of the paver layers, sand, and base.

Following the excavation of the site, use a plate compactor to compact the soil so you can prepare the surface for the aggregate base. You have to get rid of rocks, standing water, as well as other protrusions. Any depression or bump at this point will be noticeable in the completed project.

Laying The Base

For the base, you can use crushed rock, if possible. This is the same material that is commonly used under roads. The type of soil as well as the climate will play a factor in determining how thick this layer should be. A thicker base is needed in cold regions with silt or fine clay compared to areas with a warm climate and well drained soil.

Restraining Pavers

The base and concrete pavers are held in place using edge restraints. With this, pavers are at risk of shifting and the base might erode. Restraints can be made of different materials like plastic, aluminum, precast concrete, or steel.

Setting The Sand

The final layer of the base that will be used for an interlocking concrete paver system is sand. You can use coarse sand like the ones used to create concrete. Using stone dust or limestone is not recommended. If screeded smooth, it is better to make sure that the sand is not more than 1.5 inches thick and it must be perfectly smooth.

Placing The Pavers

Placing the pavers is quite simple to do. You can ask Charleston hardscape specialist and the answer will be the same. You can use the height string as your guide to make sure that the pavers are in line. Depending on the pattern, you might be required to pull out as well as place additional strings to label the joint lines. Fit the pavers together gently and tightly, following the laying pattern closely. Once you have set all of the pavers, you can use the plate compactor once again to set the pavers in the bedding sand. The final step is to sweep the sand into the joints of the mew patio, path, or driveway. Then compact the surface once again and sweep the sand up until the joints are full.

Call Porter Hayes Landscaping LLC f you need help with the installation of your concrete pavers.

Porter Hayes Landscaping LLC
Charleston, SC 29419
(843) 532-3270

Porter Hayes Landscaping LLC
2170 Bees Ferry Rd #3 Charleston SC 29419