A new paved surface can transform your home’s exterior. Walkways, driveways, patios, and paths bring accessibility and aesthetic appeal to your property, and creating these features with pavers is an excellent way to flex your DIY muscles. This basic breakdown will help you plan your next project, and the helpful staff at Lehnhoff’s Supply will ensure you have everything you need to craft a stunning surface with pavers.
Step 1: Create a Plan and Assemble Materials
Before you begin, make sure to start with a clear and thorough plan for your project. Accurate measurements and clear goals are key. Depending on the scope of your project, you may need a permit from your county or city to proceed. Starting with a well-developed plan allows you to secure all of the materials and permits you need before you break ground, preventing last-minute supply runs and unexpected expenses.
Step 2: Prepare the Area for Pavers
Once you’ve got a roadmap and supplies for your project, you can start to prepare the area. Grade the ground beneath your new surface and add a layer of paver base, compacting it to prevent uneven settling and sliding. Crushed stone and sand are common elements of a sturdy paver base. Once the paver base has been compacted, add a layer of sand. Smooth the sand, making sure it is raked and level before laying out your pavers.
Step 3: Install and Compact Pavers
Arrange your pavers on top of the smooth sand and paver base. Avoid leaving overly large or inconsistent gaps between your pavers. Depending on the material’s size, shape, and uniformity, you may lay the pavers in a repeating pattern or a seemingly random arrangement. Once all of your pavers have been placed, compact the area. You may need to use specialized equipment such as a vibratory roller compactor to make sure each paver is set firmly in place.
Step 4: Finish with Paver Set
Finally, fill the gaps between your pavers with paver set or grout. Many builders and homeowners choose to use masonry sand or polymeric sand for this purpose, and applying paver set is often as simple as brushing the material into the spaces between the pavers with a broom and removing the excess. Some designs feature other materials or forego paver set altogether: if you’re using larger pavers, you may choose to fill the gaps with river rock, decorative stone, or patches of grass for contrast.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for winter or spring, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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