Paver patios can be a real asset to any new landscape project as long as these industry standards are followed. When installing a new paver patio the preparation is 75 percent of the work and paying attention to details is imperative.
First we consider all drainage issue and elevations near the house or structure and then frame and excavate the are for a proper grade. Once graded, we fill in the area with 4-6"of stabilized base and compact in 2" increments. This Base material is a mix of sand and portland cement.
Once the Stabilized material is installed, a layer of course paver sand approximately 1'' is smoothed over the top of the base. This sand is to level the pavers and also keep the pavers in place as the sand fills the gaps of the paver.
Before laying any pavers we place strings on right angles to keep the pavers in a straight line. The string will also alert the installer if the bricks are not level.
After all the pavers have been installed and cut to fit, a rebar and concrete border is installed all around the patio to hold in the bricks. While the concrete boarder is still wet, the installer will spread paver sand and run a vibratory plate over the pavers. This machine will knock down any high bricks, vibrate the sand into the joints and push the pavers into the wet concrete making one very solid and stable patio.