Installing driveway pavers is not an easy job. It requires a lot of planning and preparation work before you can even get to the installation process itself. There are many ways that you can go about installing your own driveway pavers, but there are some important things that need to be done first in order for it all to work out well. This post will discuss the 12 steps involved in installing driveway pavers so that you know what needs to be done beforehand.
Step One: Decide on the Material
Description: The type of material you are going to use for your driveway pavers will largely depend on where you live. If you are living in a cold climate, then it is best that you opt for something like poured concrete, concrete pavers or asphalt instead of natural stones. On the other hand, if you reside in an area with a warmer climate, then you can use pavers or natural stone.
Step Two: Prepare the Area
The next thing you need to do is prepare the area where your driveway pavers will be installed. Remove any grass, dirt or other types of vegetation that may interfere with laying down a good foundation for your driveways. It’s also important to check if there are any underground utilities such as electric cables running through the area. If there are, then you will need to get permission from the utility companies before you can proceed with your driveway pavers installation project.
Step Three: Marking and Layout
Description: With a shovel or any other marking implements such as spray paint, mark out where each individual paver is going to be installed on the ground. You will need to plan out where the paver is going to be placed in order for your driveway pavers installation project to come out well.
Step Four: Digging and Preparing Foundation/Sub-Base:
This step involves digging up the area you have marked out on the ground, about 12 inches deep or more if required. The depth of the hole you dig out should be according to your driveway pavers’ height. You will also need to remove any rocks or stones that are present in this area while making sure that it is smooth and level. If there are big pieces of gravel, then these can damage the paver when someone steps on them over time; hence, it is best to remove them.
Step Five: Lay a Foundation/Sub-Base:
The next step in the process of driveway pavers installation would be laying down a foundation or sub-base for your paver so that it has something sturdy and durable underneath where you can place the stones on top of. If this base is not properly laid, then your driveway pavers will not stay in place and would begin to create a number of problems. The base should be even on all sides so that it can serve as a solid foundation for the stones you are going to use later.
Step Six: Lay Drainage Layer:
Having good drainage with your driveway is very important, especially if you live in an area where it rains frequently. If the driveway does not have a good drainage system underneath, then water can accumulate and cause problems for your paver installation project over time. Before laying down the actual stones on top of your foundation or sub-base, make sure to lay down some type of thick material that will be able to absorb all the incoming water that will come in contact with it.
Step Seven: Lay Pavers:
After laying down your drainage, you are now ready to lay out individual pieces of driveway pavers on top of this foundation or sub-base. Make sure that they are level and evenly spaced apart. You can also opt to use a mallet in order to pound the stones in place so that they are stable.
Step Eight: Fill Holes:
After your pavers have been laid down, you will need to fill up any holes or gaps between each individual paver with the proper joint sand or gravel. This enhances stability and ensures that the stones stay in place for a long time.
Step Nine: Add Joint Filler:
In this step of your driveway pavers installation project, you will need to add some type of filler between each paver so that there is an even and consistent look once everything has been completed. The recommended material for joint fillers would be ASTM C144 sand or even gravel or polymeric sand.
Step Ten: Cut Edges Description:
Lastly, you will need to cut off the edges of your paver with a sharp tool such as a power saw for best results. This ensures that there are no jagged ends sticking out from between each individual paver which can cause problems in the future when someone walks across the driveway.
Step Eleven: Brush, Sweep and Clean Description:
After your paver installation project is complete, you will need to sweep away any dirt or sand that may have fallen between each stone during this process so that it looks clean and free from debris. You can also use a light brush in order to clear everything away.
Step Twelve: Seal Description:
Lastly, you will need to apply a sealer on top of the driveway pavers so that it does not lose its color or look over time and also enhances overall durability. This step is recommended after your paver installation project has been completed for at least a month in order to make sure everything is safe and secure.
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