As with any building project, the finished pavement will only be as good as the construction of the base:
1.) Before a firm base can be installed, existing material must be excavated and hauled away. Then the remaining subgrade must be compacted with a plate tamper.
2.) Geotextile Separation Fabric is then laid. This separates and contains the base from the underlying sub-base. Without Geotextile, the soil would eventually work it's way into the base and weaken it. We use Geotextile on EVERY one of our paver projects, therefore extending the life of your Paver Investment.
3.) A minimum of 4" of Compacted Aggregate Base is used for patios & walkways or 9" for residential driveways. This base material is then spread evenly in 2" layers. A plate tamper is used between layers until the final thickness is achieved. When finished, the base should be very smooth & flat, and reflect the final grade of your pavers.
4.) Edge Restraint is then installed along exposed edges and secured into the base with 10" spikes. This restrains the pavers laterally, which prevents shifting.
5.) The Sand Setting Bed, or leveling course is then screeded. This 1" thick layer of coarse concrete sand allows the pavers to "seat" properly.
6.) Now it's time to lay the pavers! We pay close attention to every detail, for example:
*Using an even mix of pavers, so colors are nicely blended
*Keeping the jobsite clean
7.) Once the pavers are laid and swept, a tamper is used to "seat" them into the bedding sand, forcing sand from below into the joints.
8.) The final step is to spread joint sand over the pavers. This requires several rounds of filling, sweeping and tamping. This forces the sand into the joints, thereby creating the "interlock". We ALWAYS use Polymeric Sand, which hardens after being sprayed with water.
Advantages of Polymeric Sand:
*Resists erosion - water, frost, wind, street sweepers, etc.
*Inhibits weed growth
*Resists ants & other insects
*Your choice of Tan or Grey