Lisa Schade

Broker, BS, CDPE, SFR

Planning a Paver Project? Heed This Advice from Masonry Experts

By John Voket

 

There is nothing like a newly paved walkway or driveway to boost the curb appeal of one's home. In fact, paved borders, garden walls and other masonry features can go a long way toward enhancing your property.

With the ease of installation when it comes to interlocking pavers and other masonry products, maybe you’re ready to jump in and begin a small or ambitious paver project this summer. If that's the case, take into account this advice from Toronto's Terrastone Landscaping, which offers a number of tips to ensure your project turns out beautifully.

According to the folks at Terrastone, the decision to take on a paver project yourself will require avoidance of the three most common mistakes made when working with interlocking pavers:

1. Beginning to excavate without setting strings – The edges of interlocking pavers will present significant challenges for the new surface. A grid of strings will ensure that the finished interlocking surface is perfectly level and matches other surfaces. The strings that are set in place as dictated by surrounding features guide the excavation. Careful measurement is easier when the strings are in place.

2. Working without pipes to guide the edges – Experienced landscaping professionals use two pipes to guide the setting process for pavers. This process ensures that the aggregate base is thick enough to create drainage, and the stones are set evenly across the entire surface. The best pipe to use for a screed is the top rail used for a chain link fence because it has an outer diameter of 1.25 inches and is 10 feet long. As the pavers are set in place, the aggregate is moved to allow each paver to match the ones already in place. The effort to level the new surface is ten times easier.

3. Improper cutting tools – A major project that involves interlocking pavers requires a saw that is designed to cut the pavers. A concrete cutting saw can be rented from a rental store. Pavers that require cuts should be measured twice to obtain the right result. Any paving stones that are cut incorrectly should be saved because they might work elsewhere.

To ensure that your finished product lasts for years, be sure the drainage plan has been designed to draw moisture away from the pavers.

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