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PLANNING INSTALLATION
EXCAVATION
BASE PREPARATION
EDGE RESTRAINTS
BEDDING SAND
PAVER INSTALLATION
MARKING/CUTTING PAVERS
JOINT SAND
CLEANING PAVING
SEALING PAVERS
PICKING A CONTRACTOR
PAVER LIGHTING
TYPES OF PAVERS
COST BENEFITS



     

PAVER INSTALLATION

Once you have prepared the bedding sand, it is then time to install the pavers. This is where you can finally see your new pavement start to come to life. You probably have your pavers ready, but have you considered what type of pattern you would like the pavers laid in?

Types of Patterns

There are many different types of laying patterns for pavers, which is what sets them apart from concrete slabs. The best way to decide on the right pattern for your property is to do some research. You may look in magazines, drive around your neighborhood, or a new estate to check out the latest trends in the paver industry. You could also do some searching on the internet and also ask your contractor for some examples of different paver patterns that they have completed.

Popular paving patterns:

Herringbone 45° or 90°: the herringbone patterns can be laid in a 45° or 90° pattern. It involves placing two pavers in both a 90° angle, like the letter "L", and continuing on like this until the surface is completely covered. Or the principle applies to the 45° herringbone; start with two pavers laid together to form a 45° angle and continue on like this. This is one of the most popular paving patterns and provides the best surface interlock.
Running Bond: this pattern is best described in relation to the traditional pattern of brick lying. Pavers are laid in rows side by side; when a new row is started the first paver is placed in the middle of the two pavers below. A simple pattern to install but very effective.
Basket Weave: The Basket Weave is best suited to old world English landscaping themes. This style of paving can be effective if you are using recycled or old pavers as it brings out the rustic charm of cracked old textures. A regular grid pattern looks great in formal designs and will have the least wastage (as low as 5%) as long as the designer has created paths and spaces sized in multiples of the selected paverís width.


LAYING THE PAVERS

Starting the Installation

Once you have chosen the pattern in which you want your pavers to be installed, it is now time to start installing the pavers. It is a good idea to start from a permanent edge such as a house, driveway, or a piece of paver edging. As you start laying pavers, work from right to left, then left to right and so on, one to two rows of pavers at a time.

Not Disturbing Your Bedding Sand

Set the pavers lightly onto the sand, never press, hammer or slide the pavers in the bedding sand. The reason for this is that you will then disrupt the level of the bedding sand and perhaps the level of the finished product.

Compact Pavers

When you have installed all of your pavers in the chosen pattern, it is now time to compact the surface of your site. This is done with the use of a plate compactor. These can be rented for the day from most rental companies. It is quite easy to use all you need to do is run the machine over the entire surface a few times. What this does is it compactís the pavers into the bedding sand.

This step is vital for a durable and level pavement area. Compacting secures the pavers in place which means that you will have a much more durable and long-lasting pavement. It also helps to alleviate the problem of buckling pavers which could possibly cause damage to a family member or guest if it is tripped on.

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