Keep in mind that all driveway pavers are not created equal. At Landscaping, Sod, and Beyond, we offer only the best pavestone driveways, patios, and walkways. So know that we only use the highest quality materials and true bang-for-your-buck value. We understand that when you are making improvements to your property that it’s an investment that should make your properties value increase. Many high-end solutions such as flagstone and mortar-set brick paving driveways may look beautiful now, but will eventually crack and chip and need replacing. Not only do these solutions come at a high cost of entry, they also carry a high cost of ownership, and don’t provide long-term value.
How to Install Driveway Pavers
Brick pavers can be laid in either mortar or sand . This article will address a sand installation.
With most materials used for driveways, the most important thing to do first is to have a base that been prepared properly. You have to take the existing soil or driveway off and make sure you go down least 12 in. Te surface then has to be graded so water will flow away from any near by buildings. After compacting the soil, you will need to add at least 8 to 12 in. of gravel. The gravel then needs to be compacted and you can then add 1-1/2 in. of sand. Make sure you use the back edge of a rake or a long 2×4 when leveling the sand.
When you finally have the base ready, start laying the bricks in the pattern you chose. You can individually cut bricks, but it easier and quicker to trim the edges with a handheld cut-off saw all at once. Your next step is to put the perimeter bricks in the concrete, this will be okay even if the remaining driveway is only in sand. This helps to keep keep the bricks from falling along the edges. You have the option use other materials like concrete pavers or stones or, on the edges to provide some degree of contrast.
Finally, you can start sweeping the sand into the joints between the bricks. Then make sure the surface is compacted, add some more sand and compact it again.