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Proper Paver Patio Placement

Like any construction project, building a paver patio requires careful consideration and attention to detail to ensure a high quality finished product. We understand that as a home owner you intend to enjoy your patio for many years to come, and because of this it is important that you protect your investment from the elements, namely water and erosion. To do this, we proceed with the following steps to assure you of a patio that is both attractive and durable.

Step 1: Remove soil from project area- This is done to create a strong, solid base. The base is dug out to slope away from your home or any nearby structures as a safeguard against any potential water seepage. Regular soil will retain moisture, and with the temperature variance we have here in Minnesota that soil will expand and contract, leading to unsightly shifts in your patio.

Step 2: Place down geotextile fabric- This is a synthetic material created to filter out any moisture that seeps through the base of your patio while holding it intact. By using a geotextile fabric we can help prevent erosion and reinforce and strengthen your patio.

Step 3: Lay down your base- Creating a sound foundation is the most important step in building a patio. It will help to stave off any movement and keep your patio in place. We start by laying down 8” of class 5 gravel. We then mist the gravel, making it just wet enough to compact it down into a sturdy, stable surface. We do this every 4” to ensure that your base is as strong as it can be.

Step 4: Lay down your sand- On top of the gravel we lay down an inch of coarse sand. The sand will create a level surface on which to place the pavers. It also helps to hold the pavers in place while allowing for any adjustments that need to be made in height or fit.

Step 5: Lay down your patio- We arrange the pavers into your chosen pattern, making sure to check that they are level along the way. If not, we can easily adjust them by either tapping them down or lifting them with extra sand. The pavers are then surrounded with a high grade vinyl edging. The edging is pinned into the ground, holding them in place. We next compact the pavers as well, thereby eliminating any of the “highs and lows” in your patio surface.

Step 6: Fill in your paver joints- At this point the joints between the pavers are filled with polymeric sand and misted. Polymeric sand is an especially important material in your patio, as it contains polymers that harden in place once misted. This not only helps strengthen the joints between pavers, but also discourages wash away and prevents weeds and insects from burrowing through your pavers. This, in turn, helps your patio to stay intact longer.

Taking the time and effort to install a paver patio correctly will save you from future costs and callbacks. There is nothing more frustrating than finding out your dream project has turned into a nightmare, possibly causing damage to your home. That is why we take the utmost in care to build you a strong, long-lasting patio. When we use these steps, along with superior quality materials, the result is a paver patio any home owner would be proud of.

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