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How to Lay Pavers in 4 Simple Steps

When the question is: "Do I want a backyard oasis?",

The answer is a very obvious: 'Yes'.

But when the question is: "Do I want to do it myself or hire a contractor?",

THAT is a real question.

If you want to do it yourself then you should know, roughly, what is involved so you can have an idea of what you're in store for.

The Process of Laying Pavers - a DIY Guide

Step #1: Hardscape paver installations add beauty, style, and function to any outdoor space while boosting curb appeal and property value. The first step to installing them involves sizing up the site, measuring it, and calculating how many pavers you will need. Determine the total area of your project in square feet, then determine how many pavers will be needed to fill that area. Always purchase 10% more pavers than you think you'll need to account for breakage, pavers that need to be cut, and replacement pavers for future repairs.

Step #2: Clear the intended site of debris, plants, and other items. Level the site as much as possible, and determine the amount of paver base needed. Paver base is comprised of loose gravel that should create a four-inch deep base when compacted. You may have to remove some sod and perhaps a thin layer of soil in your site to create a depression deep enough for the paver base. Install and compact (using a plate compactor) the base gravel, and take your time with this step. A strong, level, compacted base helps prevent paver cracking in the future. Once the base gravel is down, add sand to that and allow the sand to filter into the gravel.

Step #3: Begin laying pavers! Periodically check that the pavers are level, but if the hardscape fixture is being installed up against your home, ensure that the pavers gradually slope away from the home at about 1/4 of an inch per foot of pavers. Place the pavers in any pattern of your choosing, and be prepared to cut some pavers in half to ensure they fit the pattern. Once all of the pavers are down, add paver edging around the perimeter of the installation. The edging can be special paver stones intended for this purpose (secure these with concrete). Or you can use hard plastic edging secured into the ground with rebar stakes.

Step #4: Finally, spread a thin layer of sand or fine gravel over the entire paver area. Use a push broom to fill in the cracks between the pavers with sand or fine gravel. Run a plate compactor over the pavers (the same device you used to compact the gravel base layer). Add more sand/gravel, and broom the pavers off one last time. Now you have a beautifully installed, Do-It-Yourself hardscape paver installation!

Guiding Your Paver Project to Perfection

While this guide equips you with the fundamental knowledge to successfully lay pavers, we also recognize that unforeseen obstacles can arise. If your DIY project isn't progressing as planned, rest assured that our dedicated team of landscaping and hardscaping experts is here to assist. With years of experience in crafting outdoor spaces that seamlessly blend aesthetics and functionality, we're prepared to step in and help you overcome any hurdles.

Your vision is important to us, and we're committed to transforming your outdoor dreams into reality. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for guidance or professional intervention, we're ready to ensure that your paver project reaches its full potential.
Just call us at: 908-725-7536.
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