Unique Patio Design
It’s hard for you to go wrong choosing pavers for your patio. Pavers are our favorite choice for paving. Although minimally higher priced on install, you will be glad you upgraded in the long term.
Minnesota weather is tough on smooth surfaces. Freezing temps, deicers, foot and vehicle traffic, and sun all put wear and tear on any sidewalk or driveway. Paver patios and a paver driveway built correctly will last you a lifetime. You won’t have to think about them, just enjoy the outdoor space they create.
When it comes time to shovel, our customers say their pavers are easier to keep clear of ice and snow than the asphalt/tar or concrete next to them. The same deicing agents used on asphalt and concrete can be used on concrete pavers.
When heaving occurs, not if, concrete and asphalt repairs leave you with expensive and often unblended results. When pavers move, it’s a minimal investment to lift them, adjust the base and re-level them. If a couple pavers get stained, they can be blended with very similar colors.
Outdoor patio designs vary greatly. We mainly use Anchor pavers for their price and quality, as they have a great selection of products to create your paver patio design. Some other pavers we have used include Willow Creek, Belgard, Borgert, and Interlock.
We also can install colored, brushed, and stamped concrete, and occasionally asphalt where the application and budget requires. Contact us for consulting and estimates for your location and one of our outdoor patio designers will get back to you.
Our minimum paver installation guide, with emphasis on following manufacturer’s guidelines:
- We start by identifying the requirements and calculating the grade. Willow Creek, Belgard, Borgert, Interlock, anchorAre there steps, retaining walls, doors, existing patio spaces, drains, or any other site concerns that will affect how the pavers need to be placed? A minimum of one inch slope over eight feet is needed for proper drainage.
- Dig out the area. Depth to dig is directly related to desired height of surface for proper installation.
- Install Geotextile fabric if needed.
- A minimum of four inches of paver base. Common terms are ¾ minus, Class 2, and Class 5.
- Pack in the paver base as required with compaction means. Remember to include one inch of slope for every 8 feet!
- Install one inch of washed or coarse sand by laying out a steel ¾ inch pipe, which has a one inch outside diameter. Scrape the sand smooth with a screed, using a finish trowel to fill in the holes where the pipes were.
- Start laying pavers! Cut pavers as required. Typically started at the lowest portion.
- Install edging around the pavers. There are several different types. This can also be done before the sand, depending on installation.
- Fill cracks with polymeric joint filler. Sometimes we use coarse sand, but we strongly suggest polymeric sand to keep the weeds and ants from marching through your patio! Follow the instructions for the polymeric sand on the bag.
- Blow off the excess sand with a leaf blower.
- Water patio per directions on the bag.
- Clean up the area and go home!
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