Tips on Perfect DIY Paver Installation
Pavers are a popular landscaping solution in many homes today. The good thing about pavers is that they are easy to install, maintain and they fit in many types of homes.
Modern pavers come in many shapes, textures, materials, and colors. You can create an interesting landscape using pavers only. They are good for patio floors, poolside, walkways, driveways, and many other landscape needs.
If you want to install pavers in your home, the following tips will help you achieve a flawless hardscape with pavers.
1. Prepare the area well
Whether you are installing pavers for your patio floor, driveway, walkway, or poolside, it is important that you do a thorough ground preparation. Remove shrubs, grass, rocks, stumps, and roots.
The idea is to level the place so that you install your pavers on perfectly leveled ground. Failure to clear the area properly will result in some of your pavers sinking or cracking due to a rough base.
2. Create a firm bed
Generally, you can install pavers on any ground and they will remain intact. However, if you do not create a firm bed, the pavers will not last long in good shape.
Some of them may sink or pop up within others. Excavate six to seven inches of soil to make a strong base for your pavers. Rake out any rough debris and tamp the soil bed to create a strong base for your pavers.
3. Put a layer of gravel
If you have loose soil, add around two inches of gravel. Use a plate compactor to create a firm layer of gravel. With an iron rake, level the area and create a flawless floor bed for installing your pavers.
This reduces chances of sinking and cracking under pressure. When installing your pavers, only lay as much gravel and sand as required for the day. If you lay the gravel and sand and it is rained on, you may end up with slopes between sections.
4. Use sand to create an installation bed
You can pour 2 inches of builder’s sand over your compacted gravel to ease installation. This also works well for drainage of your pavers when the project is complete.
Use a wooden level to check if the sand has created an even installation platform. If you have contours in your landscape, create flawless seams using gravel and sand so that the pavers fit in tightly along the contours.
Use one-inch PVC pipes to help you with sand leveling. Lay them on the gravel and spread sand between them while using a long board to smooth out the sand.
5. Cut pavers professionally
Avoid cutting pavers as much as possible to create a seamless flow. But sometimes you have to cut them so that you create the pattern that you need. Use a professional to cut the pavers for you so that you do not end up with uneven and jagged edges.
6. Use water to settle the pavers
During installation, keep everything under a tarp to prevent water damage. However, when you are done installing, hose the pavers down to settle the sand and remove excess sand from the gaps. It also helps to compact the pavers well. Do not use a compactor to compact pavers after installation to avoid slopes and cracks.