Installing Brick Pavers

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Installing brick pavers has many benefits for homeowners. While there are different types of paver material, the advantages or benefits of pavers are almost similar. Some other types of materials will have unique benefits but the basic idea is covered in this article. Of course, one thing to consider when installing brick pavers is that you should make sure you’re using paving bricks and not regular bricks.

Advantages of installing brick pavers

Installing brick pavers help create a beautiful outdoor space. It’s decorative and functional and creates a better path to walk on as compared to having just soil outside your doorstep. Here are some of the most noticeable benefits of brick pavers.

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Brick pavers can withstand extremely high level of loading. This makes it the perfect material for landscaping in the garden. It’s durable and strong which makes it suitable for walkways and driveways. Another characteristic you can expect from brick pavers is that it has very flexible integrity. It can maintain the interlocking form better than poured-in-place concrete. This is due to the underlying base which allows the pavers to move and adjust to accommodate movement.

In terms of costs, pavers allow an easy repair and recycle solution. When one gets damaged, you can simply lift the piece off and replace it with a new one. The jigsaw puzzle characteristic makes repair and replacement costs lower than other forms of paving. For safety purpose, pavers have a non-slip surface created by the natural textured surface. It’s highly abrasive so it’s an excellent solution for wet areas like the swimming pool pathways. As for the installation, it doesn’t require a particular weather condition so it can be installed in any type of moderate weather. The installation is quick and simple which is why a lot of homeowners take on the project themselves if it’ll only cover a small area.

Steps in installing brick pavers

Installing brick pavers follow four main steps; prepare the base, install edging, add sand, lay pavers, and fill joints.

Preparing the base includes excavating the area within the stakes to at least 8 inches deep. Spread gravel over the entire area and rake it smooth. Tamp it down to a level surface using a hand or power tamper. The edging is crucial. Once the base is compact, measure and cut plastic paver edging to the required length and secure pavers. Lay the edging along the outside border of the patio and secure in place by hammering 12” spikes through edging into the ground.

Pour sand over the entire area inside the edging, at least with a depth of 1 inch. Rake to evenly distribute and once again smooth out and level the surface of the sand. Lay the pavers starting at the edging border. Tap pavers into place and continue laying pavers following any numbers of patterns until the whole area is complete. Fill joints by spreading a thin layer of sand over the entire patio and use a push broom to work it into the gaps. Soak the patio with water to help settle the sand and repeat until the gaps are filled.

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