Pavers can be found in many yards. They make a great addition to any front or back yard. They last longer than poured concrete slabs and can be repaired easily if a paver breaks or cracks. Pavers are used to create pathways, patio spaces, or stepping-stones. The most important part of paver installation is the foundation you choose before laying the pavers. Below, you will find options of foundations.
Typically, pavers are laid on foundations like sand, soil, and crushed stone. Many people lay pavers in compacted soil. This can be done, but works best when you are only using the pavers for one season. The soil makes it very easy for the pavers to be removed and changed, which is great if you love changing up your paver patterns. Soil should be free of grass and weeds and very well compacted. Other wise, your pavers may settle lower during a rainstorm.
Sand can be used as a foundation to create a cushioned base for pavers. However, the sand must be well compacted. Sand works best for pavers that may not be used extremely frequently. Otherwise, the pavers may settle into the sand and shift often. The finer the sand, the more movement there will be of the pavers.
Crushed stone is another option. It is a very sturdy base for pavers. It is a great option for pavers that will be used and walked on frequently. You can even purchase crushed stone that is made specifically for paver foundations.
One of the best foundations may come from a combination of two materials: sand and crushed stone. Crushed stone makes a very stable base for any type of pavers. Sand creates even more stabilization. Crushed stone should be the base, then the pavers laid, and a level of sand on top to fill in any empty spaces. This creates a smoother look for the pavers, too.
The sand and crushed stone combination is the process that ALL Outdoors uses. We look forward to helping you design and install your paver patio dream. Call us today to set up a time to meet and design your dreams!
By: Hannah Raines
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