Making a patio with concrete pavers is an inexpensive way to create some additional outdoor living space for your home. If you are afraid to use pavers for fear of an uneven surface as the patio ages, then you will be pleased to know that there are some simple things you can use to ensure that your concrete paver patio is smooth and flat as the years pass, such as:
Use a Plate Compactor to Flatten and Stabilize the Patio into Place
Before you start installing your patio, you need to rent a plate compactor. A plate compactor is a machine that you walk behind while it moves across your patio area and tamps down the substrate, bedding, and concrete pavers. The machine has a flat panel on it that is made of steel that is driven down with a lot of force and simulates a lot of weight on the pavers. This tamping procedure helps to ensure the patio is as flat and stable as possible when you are finished. If you do not use a plate compactor, then the patio will settle in place and will no longer be flat as soon as the first storm moves through your area.
Use the Right Substrate and Bedding Materials
Just as your home has to have a stable foundation in order to stay in place, so too does your concrete paver patio. The correct substrate material for installing concrete pavers is a graded rock that goes all the way down to fine dust. The dust in the rock will fill the voids between rocks and act as a type of natural cement to hold the gravel in place. This stability helps to ensure that your patio will remain flat as the area is exposed to the elements.
On top of the gravel substrate, you need to install a layer of large-grain sand. After you instal the gravel, and then again after you install the sand, you need to go over the entire patio area at least twice with your rented plate compactor. You should always work from the outside edges towards the inside to prevent spreading of the sand and grade problems.
Use Anchoring Edges and Stainless Steel Gravel Spikes
Finally, to add additional support to your new patio and to keep the pavers from heaving as they age in place, always install anchoring edges along each side of the patio. Place the anchoring edges between the gravel substrate and sand layers. Once the anchoring edges are installed, then use stainless steel gravel spikes to hold them in place. For additional information about installing a paver patio, contact a retailer such as Central Arizona Block.Share