Laying Pavers 101: What You Need and How to Do It

Modern pavers are available in a wide array of textures, colors, styles and sizes. They have grown in popularity in recent years due to how easy they are to maintain, as well as the fact that they are stain-resistant.

If you have decided that interlocking pavers are the right option for your outdoor space, you will need to gather a few tools to help with the installation process. Keep in mind, if you don’t feel like you can handle the job at hand, a professional can provide the services you need, for a price you can afford.

If you are ready to forge ahead and install your own pavers, be sure to gather the tools and equipment needed to handle the job properly.

Measure Your Project Area First

You should never attempt to “eyeball” the measurements for your project area. A better strategy is to use a tape measure to get an accurate and precise measurement of the width and length of your project area. Be sure to double- and even triple-check your measurements before ordering your materials.

It is smart to order extra materials, so you have a bit of leeway during the installation process. After all, it’s better to have too many, then not enough when it comes to any paver project.

Excavate any Existing Hardscapes

To demolish any existing hardscape surfaces, such as concrete, cement or asphalt, you need to use a Bobcat, or similar piece of equipment. In some cases, a sledgehammer can also provide assistance as you effectively and quickly breaking down the concrete and digging into the dirt. This will also help you avoid putting too much strain on your body.

You will also need to get a dump truck or another way to haul away waste once you are done with the demolition. Make sure to have this in place before you get started.

Laying Your Pavers

While there are several tools that can help you with laying your subbase, it is a good idea to stick with the industry standard – a trusty shovel. A shovel is easy to use and can ensure you get the results that you want and need.

Once you have laid your subbase, which needs to be compacted to eliminate any air gaps in the soil, you will need the shovel once again to spread an even sand layer over it. You can complete the process by using a construction level that will ensure your sand is completely level for your paving stones. If you are planning to install a gate or wall after your pavers project is finished, you need to make sure you keep the level nearby.

Once the area is completely dry, you should lay your pavers one at a time. You can use string to keep the pavers aligned properly.

Keep in mind, if you aren’t sure you can handle the job, or if you don’t have access to some of the equipment needed, hiring the professionals may be the best option for you.

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