Pavers are fast becoming one of the most adopted landscaping styles for outdoor walkways and pavements.
This is because pavers are easy to install, easy to maintain, and they are durable. Pavers not only improve the beauty of your outdoors, they function well under pressure and harsh weather.
Installing pavers require the right skills to produce a flawless and smooth pavement finish.
- Your pavers can appear uneven or fall at different heights
If you find that your pavers seem uneven, the problem lies at the foundation on which you are installing them. The solution would be to use a compactor to stabilize the land before you install the pavers.
Sand and clay behave differently in different weather. Sometimes they create depressions in the ground during dry weather or soak up water and swell up during wet weather. Make sure that you get advice from your contractor on how to best treat your soil.
- Pavers along the edge falling off
The gravel base underneath the edge is susceptible to harsh weather and erosion, causing some of the bricks at the end to fall off and disappear. If this happens, the solution is to install filter fabric under the base of the sides to make them stick firmly as well as reduce the erosion that makes bricks disappear.
- Your pavers appear sunken in some places
You can have a successful paver installation with everything in place but then in time a section of them slowly forms a depression. The solution to this is to compact any place that has been recently dug up.
If you remove a tree stump before installation, fill up the space and compact it before installation. You can repair it by pulling them out and adding a bed of compacted soil to bring them to the right level.
- The border edges look like they are bent outwards
If you do not have any form of restraint at the edge to create a neat finish, the pavers will end up looking like they are falling off the edge. This causes weak points, and the pavers start coming off one by one. Use a PVC edge restraint to keep the edge bricks in line.
- Pavers keep trapping water
Water logging causes soaking which leads to breakage. If pavers are holding water, the solution is to fix your drainage. Check if you are using the correct pitch when installing the pavers. If not, reinstall them with a pitch that can help them to drain easily.
- Pavers are tipping in between
When installing pavers, you should make sure that they fall on the same level so that they can form a tight and compact interlocking grip. If not, some of them sink or tip making uneven patterns. Add more sand under the ones that have tipped and reinstall them. Use a compactor to bring them all to the same level.
- Cracking and moving out of place
If your pavers are cracking and moving out of place, check the pressure that you are putting on them. The root of this problem includes heavy vehicles, farm machinery, roots, and others.