Some property owners choose to lay pavers on their own with the belief that they will save money. While this might be the case, if you make some of the most common mistakes when installing your own pavement, you will find yourself spending more money to repair your pavers.
Lay the Pavers on the Right Type of Soil
Make sure you do not lay pavers on clay soil. Even if the clay soil looks stable when you initially lay the paver down, clay soil can shrink and cause the pavers to shift. This will require you to frequently have to push down pavers so they are even. If you must lay pavers down on an area that has clay soil, mix garden soil with compost to create a more stable soil structure.
Compact the Soil Properly
If you are laying your pavers on sand, make sure that the sand is compact. Since you will need the substrate to be compacted in a way that will make it stable with pavers placed on top, make sure to hire a paving company who can mechanically compact the soil. Make sure that the soil is filled in evenly because the pavers will become uneven otherwise.
Use a Filter Fabric
You will want to place a filter fabric under the base. Otherwise, the pavers along the edges will sink to a lower level because some of the gravel base has been washed away by water. Fortunately, if this problem does occur, it can be fixed by removing the old base, adding fabric and adding a new base.
Protect the Edges
Also, make sure that the pavers are installed with edge restraints to prevent the pavers from falling off the edges. Fortunately, there are several edge restraint solutions to choose from. There is one that uses spikes that are embedded into the ground near the paver edges to hold them in place.
Make Sure There is Enough Drainage
Construct the pavers by a drainage system that directs water away from the pavers. Otherwise, the drainage system will cause the area underneath the pavers to become waterlogged, which can damage the pavers. The water can begin to pool on top of the pavement. The base will need to be constructed in such a way that water can slope away from the pavers and to a location where it an properly drain. If you believe that you cannot construct a base in such a way that prevents these problems, you should hire a professional pavement contractor.