How To Add Pavers To Your Driveway

If you want to finish your driveway with pavers, it shouldn't be too difficult to do. Adding pavers to the end of your driveway can provide a decorative effect, as well as helping with drainage if your driveway is on a slope. Regardless of the reason for adding the paving stones, the following tips will be helpful in finishing your driveway with pavers.

Mark and Measure the Area

Adding pavers to the end of the driveway should be well planned out. This begins with deciding on the exact area you want to have pavers and marking it. You can use anything to mark it, though using some type of stakes with twine around them is a good option. When marking the area, make sure the area is slightly wider than the driveway so you can install edging as well. You also need to measure the paving stones so you are digging the ground at the end of the driveway to the right depth.

Get out your measuring tape and measure the height of your paving stones. Add several inches to the measurement you get.

Excavate the Area

Once your marking and measuring is done, you are ready to excavate the end of the driveway. You need to remove the soil and dirt so you can place the paving stones inside. Remember you are digging several inches deeper than what the original paver measurement was. You also want to dig a few inches past the edge of the driveway so you can add edging, following the way you marked the area for the paving stones. However, if the paver area will go directly up to concrete, you obviously don't need to worry about this. Use whatever excavating method you want, but just a simple shovel should be enough if it is a small area.

Add Crushed Gravel

Next, add a few layers of crushed gravel in the dirt just below the pavers, which is why you needed the extra inches to be dug out. Before you add the gravel, make sure you use a plate compacter to tamp the ground and make sure there isn't any loose dirt. As you do so, try to get the excavated area as level as possible with the grade of the driveway. Start by adding a thin layer of crushed gravel, tamping it down to keep the driveway's grade, then adding a second layer. Continue adding layers of gravel and tamping it down until you are happy with the thickness of your gravel base being sure there is still enough room for the pavers.

Install the Edge Restraints and Sand

The next step of adding pavers begins with adding plastic edge restraints to the sides of the excavated area. After adding the restraints, use steel stakes to be placed in the anchor holes. You can drive them in the ground with a mallet. Add a thick layer of builder's sand on top of the gravel in the excavated area. This sand will provide the final layer you need before adding the pavers.

Add the Pavers

You are finally ready to lay down the paving stones. Start at one corner of the area, adding one paving stone at a time, pressing firmly into the layer of sand you just added. If the pavers don't have spacers attached to the sides, leave a small amount of space between each one. Continue adding all of the paving stones. If you have an oddly-sized area of driveway left and the pavers are too big to fit, cut them with a masonry blade. Fill in the empty edges with builder's sand.

To learn more, contact the experts at Interstate Paving LLC


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