Concrete Paver Installation Sykesville MD A pre-cast, interlocking patio pavers system can be installed with ease in most any size lot or yard. There is not much to the process other than measuring the space you want to cover and breaking up the project into manageable pieces. The following guide is a review of the basic steps involved when laying out interlocking concrete paver pavers in a situation where no special circumstances are at hand. Your project will be different and will probably require more steps as well. It is also important to keep in mind that your paver installation will be permanent and cannot be undone.
Before you can even lay your new pavers out to have the best possible chance of success, you must have a good sealer applied. There are many different products on the market but one that has proven very effective are the lock-up vibrating plate compactor. This machine is a great way to get a tight, level layer every time. Most other products will work to some degree but the compactor will be able to get the best possible result. Because the vibration is usually controlled by the lock-up mechanism, the actual penetration of pavers is less than with other methods.
The process begins with the removal of the existing pavers before bedding sand is applied to the new power base material. Sand is then spread on the entire surface with a roller to make certain all sloping surfaces are flat. Once the entire surface is flat with bedding sand applied, the vibrating plate compactor is then used to lay down the concrete mixture.
The amount of sand used is based off of the size and width of your lot. The larger the lot the more sand will be required and therefore the larger the vibrating plate compactor will need to be. Once the correct amount of sand is laid down, the pavers are leveled using a hammer. Once the leveling is complete the bedding sand is applied to the paver surface with a roller.
To help make laying down the bedding sand a faster and easier process many companies now offer sander types of equipment. These machines are able to apply a greater amount of bedding sand in one cycle. Other machines may have a sander built in but using this type of sander is much more cost efficient and more convenient. In order to make the bedding sand even more even it is often times recommended that a border is laid at the very start of the installation of your pavers. This helps even out the amount of sander strokes between each layer of sand.
Once the bedding sand has been applied, the pavers are then ready to be locked into place. One of the most popular ways to accomplish this step of the installation process is to use a cementitious membrane. These membranes can come in spray or powder forms and can be applied to both the upper and lower edge of each set of paver stones. Depending on the amount of traffic expected a cementitious membrane can be easily added to each piece before they are put in place.
Laying down the concrete pavers is just the beginning of the construction process. Once the bedding, sand and pavers have been laid and secured the top layer is made. The purpose of this layer is to help the pavers dry quickly and efficiently. Pavers that dry too quickly can crack under the weight of rain and snow. On the other hand, pavers that take too long to dry will not have enough time to set properly and will not have a smooth finish.
Concrete pavers are not only limited to being used for patio walkways, driveway extensions, and flower beds. The design possibilities with concrete paving is virtually unlimited. For example, you can have pavers that have an upscale roadhouse style or you can choose ones that resemble bricks. To achieve the best results a professional concrete contractor should consult with you to determine exactly what type of appearance you want to achieve. Then the contractor can use their knowledge and experience in combining materials and applying edge restraint to create the perfect Paver Installation.