Laying the Paver Sand and Base Materials

Laying the Base Material

Paver Compactor

Spread your crushed stone base material over the area in an even layer. It is recommended that you do this in a couple of layers, and compact each layer, for a strong base.

Compacting is much easier and more efficient if you use a mechanical compactor. For best results, go over the area at least twice with the compactor, in a circular motion.

Sand Bedding

The sand plays a vital role in the installation of pavers, even though it is the least expensive of all materials.

Sand is used as the bedding to which the pavers are laid and set into. It also holds the joint sand, and prevents it from disappearing. If there were too much sand, the joints would disintegrate over time.

An even layer of sand placed over your base material

It is recommended that a one to one and a half inch layer of sand be laid on top of your base material. This layer of sand cannot be too thick, for if it is, it will mean softer sand bedding. Softer sand bedding can result in sinking and hence may affect the level of the pavers. If the bedding is not sturdy, the pavers can move and create sinks in the surface. Therefore, it is important to have just enough sand bedding, to maintain flat pavers.

Sand Material

It is very important to use the correct type of sand. For if you use the incorrect type of sand, you will find that it will not compact properly and hence create uneven flows in your pavers later on.

Compacting the Base The sand used needs to have a similar texture to that of your crushed stone base material. The granules should vary in size and also have sharp edges. This will allow the sand bedding to compact together tightly, resulting in a stronger sand bed.

Overtime, you will see that stronger sand bedding means a flatter surface. Your pavers will remain flat for a longer period of time, if you have the right sand and base materials.

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