Things to Know Before You Break Ground

Whether you're building a paver patio, driveway, or outdoor kitchen, be sure to discuss the following items with your contractor, prior to breaking ground.

  • What are their access needs? This is especially important if there will be heavy equipment involved.
  • Discuss the possibility of damage to any existing lawns or landscaping, as well as plans for resolving those issues. If you plan to renovate both your backyard and the front yard, plan to work on anything behind the home first. That way, you won’t be as concerned with any potential damage to the front lawn.
  • If you’re planning any future improvements down the road, alert your contractor of those plans so that they can provide for any needed footings or utilities under the hardscapes. Keep in mind that this may increase the costs on this project, but will save a lot of time, money and headaches in the future.

 

Maintaining Neighbor Relations

You may want to discuss your construction timeline with any neighbors who might be inconvenienced by your project. A little “heads-up” can go a long way, especially if your building extensive paver patios, driveways, and other large outdoor projects that produce more commotion around your property.

 

Things to Know During Your Installation

Whether your building a paver patio for the first time or the tenth, hardscape installations can be messy work. There will be mud, but it will be gorgeous in the end. Unless your project involves overlaying existing concrete, the first step is to excavate the top layer of soil. The amount of soil excavated will depend on the type of project. Typically, the next step is to install a layer of compacted aggregate, then a layer of bedding sand, then the hardscapes, then jointing material.

 

Things to Know After Installation

Once the jointing material has been installed and activated, you can use your new space. After construction, be sure to do a final walk-through with your contractor to make sure you’re satisfied with the work and discuss the timeline for sealing the pavers.

 

Protecting Your Investment

Typically, pavers and jointing sand need to cure for up to 90 days, and then should be sealed with a quality sealant, which can be installed by your contractor or on your own. Part of the Oldcastle family of products, Techniseal® offers three finishes of sealants that will help inhibit weed growth and protect pavers from stains.

Learn More About Techniseal Products

 

Maintenance Considerations

Especially when building a paver patio that everyone enjoys, keep your pavers looking their best by resealing them every three to five years, depending on conditions. Basically, when water no longer beads on the surface, it’s time to reseal them. Before the driveway and patio pavers are resealed, they will need to be properly prepared.

Read our blog on Protecting Pavers from Debris

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