In addition to dozens of concrete walkway pavers used for walkways and garden paths, some people also highlight their backyard with a paver patio. With concrete walkway pavers, you can achieve the same look as brick, but with a uniform shape and size. Paver walkways can also be installed in your garden or patio, as well as any other outdoor living space. Paver walkway installation is a challenging task that requires precision installation. In Baltimore and its surrounding areas, SBC Outdoor Services is regarded as one of the best concrete walkway contractors. Throughout this blog, our team of experts will show you how to design and build walkway pavers, including the materials, tools, and steps to follow.
What Are The Materials and Tools Needed For Installing Walkway Pavers
- Concrete sand
- Polymeric sand
- Crushed limestone
- Plastic edging
- Stake and strings
- Circular saw and rubber mallet
- Broom and hose with a misting nozzle
The following steps to follow while you installing concrete walkway pavers
1. Set Up The Area
It is important that your walkway is straight and level. Strings or stakes can be used to mark its course. Clean the area and dispose of any debris. A special feature of concrete pavers allows for rapid installation: nubs on the sides of the pavers make them easier to fit together with equal spacing.
2. Prepare The Concrete Paver Base
- The base is formed by adding crushed limestone and raking it.
- Using a plate compactor, level the crushed stone surface
- Pour approximately one inch of concrete sand and even out the sand, making sure the surface is level.
- Pave the area with pavers. Take advantage of the nubs by clicking the pavers against the one you are laying it next to and dropping them into place.
- There will need to be some alterations to the bricks at the end of the path. If necessary, use a rubber mallet to gently tap it into place.
- Apply a thin layer of polymeric sand to the walkway. Sweep the sand into the joints with a broom.
- Move the sand between the joints of the pavers with the compactor.
- The sand inside the joints will be activated by misting them with water. Sand locks up and adheres to the pavers when it is wet.
3. Attach The Edging
Concrete pavers are designed to be finished on one side, with three other sides having nubs for easy installation. The bricks should be laid flat, as they are only finished on one side. Pavers are secured with spikes against the bricks and plastic edging to prevent them from becoming loose over time. A bit of landscaping or grass will hide the plastic edging.
Summary: Despite the fact that walkway pavers appear simple to install, it is in fact a complicated process that requires many materials, tools, and techniques. Here at SBC Outdoor Services, we want you to relax and tell us what you’re thinking. Simply explain what you’re thinking and we will turn that vision into a reality. Concrete walkways of the highest quality are our specialty in Baltimore and its surrounding areas. We are available at 410-844-7639 to help you with your project and handle your walkway pavers.
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