On the surface, paver installation seems simple. However, if you don’t take time to learn about what to do and what mistakes to avoid, you may wind up wasting time and money.
While this is true, learning the biggest and most common paver installation mistakes is the first step in doing a good job. Keep reading to learn what these mistakes are.
1. Backfilling Using Dirt
If you are using dirt as the base or backfilling, then the pavers will eventually separate, rotate, and sink. Rather than having the smooth surface you hoped for, you will have an uneven, bumpy surface.
The reason for this is because dirt will shrink by up to 30% when it is compacted. This means if you backfill with dirt, the hardscape work you have done will settle by 30%.
This is an issue because if you backfill using 10 inches of dirt, the pavers will settle by about three inches over time. The proper base is gravel. Using gravel will eliminate any settling.
2. Not Laying the Joints Both Ways
If you hire professional brick paver installation services, you don’t have to worry about the mistakes on this list. However, if you are determined to do this on yourself, knowing what the mistakes are is a must.
When you begin to lay your pavers, be sure the joints go both ways. This includes transversely and longitudinally.
3. Installing Pavers too Loosely
If the ground beneath the pavers isn’t compact, they will fit loosely. It is necessary to have a mechanical system to press the sand.
Using a compactor is a smart idea. Also, try pouring water over the installation area before compacting to make it more effective and easier.
If you don’t do this, the pavers will be loose, which will require repairs down the road.
4. Not Ensuring Proper Drainage
Improper drainage is a threat to any type of construction work you may have planned. If you live in a flat area, water may start to pool when it rains.
If this happens, it will ruin your pavers.
To prevent this, create runoff drainage systems. You can also create mild slopes when installing the pavers to direct the water.
5. Not Using Enough Adhesive
While interlocking bricks are easy to install, you need to ensure they stick together well. To do this, use plenty of adhesive between the pavers.
Also, make sure you give the pavement time so the adhesive can work properly before they are used or walked on.
Now You Know the Biggest Paver Installation Mistakes
As you can see from the information above, there are more than a few paver installation mistakes that you may make. While this is true, when you know what the mistakes are, you can avoid them.
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