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EDGE RESTRAINTS

Edge Restraints are essential components for maintaining your paver project. Without a proper edge restraint, the pavement will fail. When the pavement fails, the pavers shift out, the joints open and interlock along the perimeter deteriorates. There are several different edge restraints including: plastic, metal, wood, poured concrete, brick or stone. The most effective edge restraint is a plastic manufactured paver edge restraint made from poly vinyl chloride (PVC) such as PAVE EDGE. PVC is a superior product that has a 'memory', so as it moves under load it returns to its original shape. Most plastic edgings in the market today are made of polyethylene. Since this plastic has no memory, it will not return to its original form when deformed.

Where is an Edge Restraint needed?

Edge restraints should be used on every side of the pavement that is not supported by a solid structure. For example, for a residential patio, an edge restraint would only be needed for the exterior edges, and not for the sides that are along the home.

Installing Edge Restraints

Step 1
Place the edge restraints on top of the prepared base material. Restraints should come with pre-drilled holes, spike through the holes with 10inch steel spikes.

Step 2
If you have curves or radiuses, there are flexible edge restraints available. Flex the edge restraints to match the shape and cut to desired length. Now space the supports leaving one of each end for the joining pieces.

Step 3
To join the sections, cut sections of edging connector pipes and insert to the cavities of the edging. Use a twisting motion to join pieces together.

Step 4
Pound in the 10" x 3/8" diameter steel spikes one by one only part way every 4feet. After final edging placement, pound spikes completely so the spikes are secured into the edging. For flexible edging, one spike must be used in every support section. For rigid edging, use one spike every 3 feet on patios and sidewalks, 2' for driveways and every 12" for extreme high traffic areas.
PAVE EDGE INDUSTRIAL is spiked every 6" alternating each side of the edging into the pre-drilled holes.

Step 5
Spread coarse sand over the surface to be paved to a 1inch thickness.

Step 6
Once the pavers are laid, backfill the around the perimeter with topsoil being sure to cover the edge restraints.

Advantages of Plastic Edge Restraints
  • Prevents movement and drifting of the pavers
  • Strong, durable and easy to install
  • Edge restraints can be installed before or after paver installation
  • Edge restraints can be used to form straight or radius installations
  • Edge restraints can also be used for retaining walls
  • The full deep backfill gives the lawn a solid place to secure to increase the strength of the pavement
Installing Edge Restraints after Paver Installation

The great thing about edge restraints is that they can also be installed after the paver installation is complete. To do this, firstly pull away the bedding sand, then using a shovel cut straight down the side of the pavers to reach the base sand and then pull back all the sand. Place the edge restraint on the base material and push the lip under the pavers and bedding sand.

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