Regardless of the type of pavers you want to lay, there are some basic steps you'll have to take. We have a step-by-step guide showing you how to lay down pavers. It doesn't matter whether you are considering installing brick, stone, or concrete pavers, the guide will walk you step-by-step through the process.
Even if you have considered hiring an expert to lay down the pavers for you, it's still a great idea to get a grasp on the tools they need and how they'll go about it. So, let's take a look at how to lay down pavers effectively.
The first step is to take time to plan the area you're going to pave. You'll need to lay down a plan on where your pavers will go and also make up your mind whether the area is enough for the pavers. It's important to draw your plan and measure it so you know exactly what you'll need for the space you want to cover.
Layout the planned area
After coming up with a plan, you'll want to layout the area using some wood. This will allow you to form the outline of the whole process and familiarize yourself with how it's all going to look in the end.
Calculate the number of pavers needed
Depending on the measurements in your plan, you should prepare yourself by determining the number of concrete pavers needed to complete the whole area. Even after getting the number, it's always important to add about 5% to the final figure. This is because there are some pavers that will be cut to fill any edges and curves.
The fourth step is to remove all the loose debris and vegetation in preparation to start laying down the pavers. You should dig deep and make sure you are allowing enough work space.
Add a base layer
The base layer should be about 50mm thick of road base. You'll also want to make sure its level.
Compact the base layer
After you've laid a solid, level base layer, you'll have to start the compacting process. It's always advisable to use a compactor and work out as you spray the base with water to trap any dust.
Add bedding sand
Add the base sand to get about 20mm of sand under your pavers. This will give your pavers a firmer foundation to sit on. The sand also allows for some slight adjustments you may need to make as you lay down your pavers.
Add the paver stones
Now you are ready to start adding the pavers. Take your time aligning each paver, especially at the beginning since the work you do there will serve as a foundation for everything that comes after.
Lay the full paving stone
Continue laying down your paving stones until you are done, you may have to cut pavers to fit your design. Depending on the size of the area where you're laying stones, this could take anywhere from one to two (or more) days. But whatever you do, don't rush things. By doing it right the first time, you'll ensure that it lasts as long as possible.
Cut pieces to fill the edges
You should also make sure to cover the edges with small paver stone pieces.
Sweet dry sand into the gaps
Finally, you should sweep the dry sand into the joints to fill them in and lock everything into place. You might also want to consider sealing your new paver surface with Seal ‘n Lock Super Wet Look. It's a great way to protect your pavers and keep them looking their best over the long term.