Patios are one of the most vital aspects of your outdoor lifestyle. Because of that, the use of durable materials that will stand up to different types of weather conditions is critical. However, proper installation is also crucial to ensure that your patio is well-established and will not succumb easily to damages. DIY-ing a paver patio might sound good to most homeowners as it might save them money upfront, however, common DIY mistakes could be extra costly down the road. Here are some examples of things that can go wrong when you decide to DIY your paver patio.
Using the Wrong Base Might Cause Sinking, Rotating & Separating Pavers
During the installation process, using the correct base is crucial. The base is the foundation that will hold the pavers and the weight and force above them. When you use the wrong base, the pavers might sink, rotate, or separate over time. The base will also determine how even and level your pavers will be in the future.
Contractors commonly use sand, crushed stone, stone dust, and compacted soil as bases for pavers. The base consists of different layers that use different materials to serve varying functions. However, all paver bases should be durable to support the weight from above and drain well to avoid erosion.
Unstable Pavers Due to a Poorly Compacted Base
Compacting the base means removing air and increasing your soil density so it can hold weight better. When you fail to compact your base and leave it loose, the overall paver base will be uneven, resulting in uneven pavers as well. Take note that pavers will take the shape of the surface they are sitting on, so an even base is critical to achieving a smooth paver patio.
A poorly compacted base will result in your pavers sinking and rising, especially after winter. Water can accumulate in a poorly compressed paver base and will result in some areas of your paver patio rising in the winter as this water freezes. Once this water thaws, this risen area will settle unevenly.
Using the correct machinery to compact the base is crucial to achieving better compaction.
Improper Installment of Bedding Sand Causes Dips in Your Paver Patio
The bedding sand is a material found in quarry mines and is placed over the compacted base. It is the final layer before you lay down your paving stones, making this step a crucial one. The bedding sand ensures there is a level surface for the pavers to sit on.
If the bedding sand is improperly installed, it can cause dips or voids in your pavers where water can settle. Screeding is a useful tip when installing bedding sand. This is the process of using leveling bars along the edges to ensure an even application. The ideal thickness for bedding sand is one inch. This allows pavers to sink just enough and prevents a wobbly patio.
The Pattern You Choose Will Contribute to the Stability of Your Paver Patio
After several installation steps, you reach the point where you finally lay down the pavers. There are several laying patterns to choose from, and picking the correct pattern is about both aesthetics and structure. A good pattern is vital in achieving a cohesive look for your patio and the rest of your property's exterior. Laying patterns should also interlock your pavers well to ensure the stability of your patio.
Here are some of the most common laying patterns for your pavers:
- Herringbone pattern: This is a popular laying pattern that provides durable interlock and can make small spaces look bigger.
- Basketweave pattern: This is a durable laying pattern where pairs of bricks are laid in different directions.
- Running bond pattern: This is one of the easiest patterns to install because pavers are all laid in rows in the same direction. This pattern can elongate or widen your patio.
- Circular pattern: This pattern involves laying down the pavers in a circular arrangement and is usually combined with other patterns. It can accentuate the features of your patio.
Avoid DIY installation mistakes by hiring our team to install your paver patio.
It is easy to make a mistake when DIY-ing your paver patio. Although the upfront cost might be less than hiring a professional team, fixing a mistake might cost you more in the long run. You can trust our team at O'Neill Landscape Group to avoid all errors and follow proper paver patio installation techniques.
Our services are available to HOA, commercial, and residential properties in Woodstock, Roswell, Alpharetta, GA and surrounding areas. Call us today at (770) 627-5012 for a pricing estimate.