Enhance both the visual allure and longevity of your outdoor area with our proficient paving stone installation services. Our team of experienced experts works in close partnership with you to conceive and implement a customized paving stone solution that not only fulfills your particular requirements but also aligns with your budget.

From the preliminary consultation to the ultimate inspection, we remain dedicated to supporting you at every phase, ensuring your complete contentment throughout the process. We exclusively employ top-tier paving stone materials and construction techniques, securing the enduring quality of your outdoor space for many years ahead. Elevate the charm and resilience of your outdoor environment with our paving stone expertise.

Benefits of Paving Stones

Paving stones are a durable and low-maintenance option for your outdoor space. Crafted from interlocking concrete pavers, they are designed to withstand various weather conditions, preventing shifting or settling. Unlike materials like wood or natural stone, interlocking stones require significantly less maintenance. Additionally, their versatility allows for easy customization to complement any design style. We specialize in the installation of interlocking stones, natural stone, or porcelain for a variety of outdoor features, including driveways, walkways, patios, and pool decks. Trust us to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of your outdoor space with our paving stone expertise.

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Cross-Section of a Paving Stone Project

Compacting the subsoil ensures we are building on top of a firm foundation that will not settle.

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Geotextile separates the subsoil from the base material so that there is no contamination between the two and to provide stabilization especially when paired with geogrid.

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We install and compact 6″ to 8″ of 3/4″ angular crushed clean stone for our base material. This stone has no fines in it allowing water to move freely through the system without being held thus preventing freeze-thaw cycles.

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On top of the base material is a bedding layer that does not exceed 1.5″ to level the base material and allow the pavers to be set into the base material.

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A jointing compound is installed in between the pavers to apply vertical interlock to the system.

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Pavers are laid on top of the bedding layer and later compacted into the bedding layer along with the jointing compound to lock the system in place.

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After the excavation, we compact the subsoil so that we are building our base on a foundation that is not going to settle.

Geotextile is laid to separate the subsoil from the base material to ensure no contamination and reinforce the base material. Geogrid is also used to help stabilize our base material.

The base material is installed and compacted. The depth depends on the project. For patios and walkways we install a 6″ to 8″ base and for driveways we install a 12″ to 14″ base.

The bedding layer is screeded at no greater than 1.5″. This allows us to lay our pavers on a finer grade material than the base material.

Pavers are laid on the bedding layer and a vibratory compactor is used to seat them into the bedding layer.

A jointing compound is installed to ensure vertical interlock. A vibratory compactor helps consolidate the material to the bottom of the joint.

How We Install a Paving Stone Project

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Step #1: Preparation

We begin our process with a comprehensive property survey to determine the viability of laying pavers on the existing terrain. We assess whether it’s necessary to incorporate a retaining wall or create a raised patio to establish a functional outdoor space. After this assessment, we mark out the designated area to determine the desired elevation of the patio or walkway in relation to the current grade.

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Step #2: Excavation

The excavation depth is precisely calculated based on the benchmarks established during our preparation phase. This calculation involves adding the height of the paver, the bedding layer, and an appropriate base depth for the specific project. It’s essential to maintain a consistent excavation depth in line with the intended slope of the top of the patio. This consistency guarantees effective water drainage away from the foundation, emphasizing its importance.

Step #3: Base Preparation

The first step in preparing the base involves compacting the subsoil, adding geotextile fabric, and layering it with appropriate aggregates based on the chosen installation technique. At this stage, we may also consider incorporating geogrid if needed. Following these steps, we apply a one-inch screed layer to create a perfectly level surface, preparing it for the paver installation.

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Step #4: Laying Pavers

The pavers are now prepared to be placed on top of the bedding layer. To ensure straight lines throughout the installation, we may use string lines. Once the pavers are in place, we proceed to make any necessary cuts and move on to the next phase of the project.

Step #5: Edge Restraint

To prevent any sideways shifting of the pavers, we install the suitable edge restraint in accordance with the chosen installation method.

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Step #6: Jointing Compound

We apply the suitable jointing compound into the gaps between the pavers, compacting it down to the bottom of the joints using a vibratory compactor. This process not only secures the pavers into the bedding layer but also ensures vertical interlock of the pavement. This step is vital in achieving a seamless and impeccable final outcome for your paver project.

Step #7: Finalize

We put the finishing touches on the project, cleaning up the area, adding seed and topsoil where needed, and making sure your property looks even better than it did when we first arrived!

Frequently Asked Questions

For paver patios and walkways, we excavate to a depth of 10″ to 12″, which includes the base, bedding layer, and paver height.

For paver patios and walkways, we create a 6″ to 8″ base, not including the 1″ bedding layer.

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Geotextile is a fabric employed to prevent subsoil contamination and reinforce the base material.

Woven geotextile serves to achieve separation, filtration, and reinforcement, whereas non-woven geotextile accomplishes separation, filtration, and drainage. We choose between them based on the specific project needs, opting for woven for reinforcement and non-woven for improved drainage as necessary.

Geogrid is a grid-like roll of geosynthetic material employed to enhance soil stability. Uniaxial geogrid offers strength in a single direction and is ideal for retaining wall projects, while biaxial geogrid provides strength in two directions and is suited for paver applications.

Geogrid stabilizes the aggregates by securing them within the openings or voids of the grid system.

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An Open Graded Base comprises aggregate material free from fine particles, enabling efficient water flow with minimal resistance.

A Dense Graded Base contains fines within it. While it still provides drainage, it retains moisture for longer periods compared to an Open Graded Base.

The Synthetic Base comprises polypropylene panels positioned above a bedding layer. This innovation reduces excavation depth by half, resulting in time and cost savings during the excavation phase. These panels provide insulation for your base and distribute the load across a broader surface area.

The choice of base material depends on the specific project application. An open graded base facilitates water flow as it consists of clear aggregate without fine materials. In contrast, a dense graded base incorporates fine materials into the aggregate mix. Additionally, a synthetic base utilizes polypropylene sheets installed above a bedding layer, effectively halving the excavation depth. The selection of the most suitable base material hinges on the project’s particular requirements.

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Screeding involves positioning two bars at the desired height within your base material, inserting the bedding layer between these bars, and then evenly leveling the material between them to create a uniform surface.

No, the screed bars are removed from the bedding material after the screeding process, and the space they occupied is filled with the same bedding material.

We make every effort to maintain cleanliness at our job sites. While cutting, there may be some dust, but we strive to minimize it. Whenever feasible, we employ water or utilize our dustless table saw to reduce dust during the cutting phase.

Our choice between polymeric sand and a semi-permeable jointing compound is determined by the type of base material we have selected.

Compacting the pavers serves two essential purposes: it ensures that they are firmly set into the bedding layer and consolidates the jointing compound at the base of the joints, creating vertical interlock. Neglecting this step can lead to jointing compound failure as it won’t properly adhere to the bedding layer, eventually eroding with regular use.

We opt for a concrete edge restraint to guarantee horizontal interlock within the system, preventing any plastic edge restraint from potentially shifting above your pavers over time. However, for synthetic base installations, we utilize a plastic edge restraint since it securely attaches to the base panels and eliminates the risk of heaving.

We provide guidance and support throughout the entire process. During the initial consultation, we often bring samples to gauge your preferences. We then create a design tailored to your liking and proceed with selecting the most suitable pavers. Additionally, we can arrange a visit to a local supplier to further refine the selection and even bring samples to your property for the final decision.

Our usual approach is to install a random pattern. However, in certain cases, a more contemporary pattern might be preferred, or for driveways, a herringbone pattern can offer improved interlocking.

Indeed, we do. We construct our paver patios and walkways with a slope ranging from 1/8″ (1%) per foot to 1/4″ (2%) per foot. This ensures effective surface water drainage away from your foundation.

The specific slope we choose depends on factors like the level of sunlight the project receives and the texture of the paver. For instance, if your paver has a rough texture or if the project has limited sun exposure, we may opt for a steeper 1/4″ per foot slope to ensure efficient water runoff.

The occurrence of white staining is referred to as efflorescence. It’s a natural phenomenon associated with concrete, resulting from moisture drawing minerals to the concrete’s surface.

When your project is constructed using a base material that facilitates proper drainage, the efflorescence will gradually dissipate. In case you require it, we offer a cleaning service to effectively remove the efflorescence.

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