5 Tips for Installing Paver Walkway
When it comes to landscape decorations, it is hard to beat pavers. These easily available blocks can be installed on your own and instantly add a new visual attraction. Walkway pavers are also pretty economical and come in many shapes and sized giving you a lot of customization options.
They blend in with any driveway, patio,or walkways. It is an easy maintenance job and turns out a lot stronger than your average poured concrete designs.
While it is easy to do the job, for most people it will be better if they contact an experienced paving fabricator for this job. The final result will be smoother and it will also save you a lot of time. But if you have the right tools, it won’t hurt to take a dig at it.
So here are 5 tips that you can keep in mind while installing apaver walkway –
Focus on the Base
For the best paving installation, it is necessary to have a solid and flat base. Start by removing any unnecessary and unstable base materials. When you are ready with a base that is smooth and free of debris, then you can go ahead and start with the compacting of the base.
The height of the base will depend on the use of the paver. If you are going to use it for the normal walkway, then 4” base will do the job. In case of heavier loads, it is better if you for a 6”-8” height as it will keep the installation stable.
Sand Bedding Makes the Difference
After the base is ready, a layer of sand is spread on top of the compacted base. This sand helps to maintain the pavers in a seamless and clean manner.Choosing the right sand in the first place is as important as doing a fine sand bedding job. type of sand that you chose should be sharp and granular with an equal grain size.
The height of the sand bedding depth should be an inch.You can use sharp guides and screeding boards. After putting the sand layer, smooth it off with a smooth motion. Later, fill in the guide gaps with soft sand. Make sure you don’t walk on the sand bed.
Get an Edge Restraint
An edge restraint will keep the lateral movement of the sand bed and the pavers in check. These hold the pavers securely in their place. You can also use a factory made polyethylene restraint.
Lay the Pavers
It’s time to lay the pavers. Start from one corner and do not disturb the laid sand bed. It is better if you leave a gap of 2-3mm between each unit. Keep a regular check on the straight lines; carry a string to make it easier.
Vibrate and Sand the Pavers
You should get a good vibrating plate compactor with a flat base to start the vibrating process. The vibration settles the sand between the paves evenly, making the paver walkway tight and level.