Concrete pavers can help any yard look its best. They’re long-lasting, versatile, colorful, and you can customize your construction design to be any way you want.
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Many people want to give it a try and install pavers themselves. To be honest, if you want to install pavers yourself, you’re going to require a lot of patience, planning and elbow grease. When you don’t have the experience installing pavers you’re going to need the 20 basic tools I mentioned in an article before, plus all your possible masonry skills to follow the next 12 steps:
1- Come up with the design.
There’s nothing more important than the design of your project. Make sure to consider any possible changes in the future. Sometimes, people can’t afford to build the entire project in one move, but they can close the designt at certain point that looks good, and then, in the future they can finish the entire project. So, come up with a fantastic design (if you call us, we can definitely help you).
2- Order your materials (make sure of measurements).
Once you come up with the design, measure every single feet within the project so you can come up with a number of square feet, and that way you can buy, or order your concrete pavers.
3- Start outlining.
You already have the design, so start outlining your project area using stakes, strings, and pipes. This part of the project needs a lot of time and patience, you don’t want to mess things up.
4- Get your levels right.
Do you need slopes for rain water to drain? Are you trying to match your pavers with some steps or edges around the house? You always have to make sure to find the exact levels necessary for your installation. I’m pretty sure you don’t want an uneven project.
5- Make sure there’s nothing that could mess up your installation.
Once you already outlined your design, make sure there are no important pipes underneath (gas, water, etc.). Also, always check you don’t have to move away parts of fences, concrete steps, or more things that could be on your way.
6- Excavate Area or Add More Base (If Needed).
When you already know the measurements and levels needed for your project, you’re going to find out if you need to dig out dirt, or add extra base.
7- Lay and prepare the base.
This is the time when the hard work starts. You need to apply the gravel, sand and compact everything very good. Make sure the ground it’s even enough with every layer of material you add. This is one of the most important parts of this job, so take all the necessary time.
8- Prepare your installation area.
Once you have the layers of gravel and sand compacted, start using your stakes, strings and levels to prepare your pavers installation area. Make sure all the measurements add up.
9- Add the sand and prepare it.
Even though you already added a sand layer in the previous step, it’s always a nice idea to keep more sand available to get the ground more even when needed. This is detailing your ground for paver installation.
10- Install Pavers.
Use the rubber mallet and start hitting the pavers until they’re lay down exactly to the level that you marked and just keep going, but be very precise!
11- Fill the joints.
Once you finish to install everything sweep sand on top of the pavers and fill the joints. It’s a very slow process and sometimes boring, but it has to be done!
12- Add paver sealer. (optional)
This isn’t a necessary step, but some people decide they want to seal the pavers to keep them as perfect as possible even though sealer isn’t actually a guarantee of that.
This is pretty much the order to install pavers. Now, I know by experience that a lot of people has a lot of troubles outlining and getting the correct levels, and they end up with a bad, uneven job, and we have to show up and redo everything ourselves. If you need help installing pavers, contact us we’ll be happy to help you with the most affordable prices, and best quality possible.
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