Installing a patio using pavers is not an easy task. There are a few key elements which every installer should consider. Unfortunately, even professional landscapers make mistakes and as a result, homeowners don’t get to enjoy the real beauty and efficiency of a properly installed paver patio. As a contractor who specializes in paver installation, I would like to reveal some of the secrets behind a true patio installation process.
First of all, you should know that prep work in the patio installation, especially when using pavers, is of the utmost importance. As a matter of fact, this is one of the secrets of proper patio installation. The more attention your contractor pays to the prep work, the longer the lifespan of your patio will be.
Like any other major project, installing a patio should also start with the design. Your contractor should present to you a few types and models of paver patios specifically designed for your yard. This means they must first measure the area where the patio will be installed and work their design around these measurements. This is also the right time for your company to check for any buried worries, such as pipes, sewage lines, electrical cables, etc.
Once you’ve chosen a design, it’s time for the physical work – excavation. Your contractor should excavate about eight inches down. On the bottom, a layer of gravel must be installed. The gravel should be compacted until it reaches a thickness of about three inches.
Once the gravel is compacted properly, it’s time to start laying the pavers. The best thing about stone pavers is that you can create your own pattern and design. You can even use different combination of colors and create an unique patio. Once the pavers are installed, your contractor should run a compacting machine on top of them in order to set them properly in the gravel.
If you’re planning to build a paver patio in Falls Church, VA, consider hiring Edv Landscapes. We specialize in driveway, walkway, patio and retaining wall installation. Find out more about our services and special rates by calling (703) 392-9700.