AN ANTIQUE PAVERS INSTALLATION GUIDE
Antique Pavers are a very unique paver that has been around for centuries and continues to be a popular paving choice. They offer many natural qualities that other artificial pavers don’tsuch as durability and longevity. Their soft texture, rustic and old world feel make them the perfect choice for any application.
Step-by-Step Installation Guide
The Plan and Design
This is the starting point when installing antique pavers. If you are seeking a professional’s advice they will normally draw up a plan for the area of application. A plan will contain information such as where the pavers will be laid, which type of application, and what laying rough estimate pattern you have chosen.
This will also be the right time to decide on the right type of design you are after. Planning will give you an idea as to what the finished look will be.
First, you should make mark outs of the area you will be excavating. Using either string or spray paint just simply mark out the area then begin excavating using either a shovel for smaller areas, or hiring heavy machinery to do the job for larger areas.
The site should be at least 4 to 8 inches deep.
Note: It is advisable to contact your nearest councils as to seek information on underlying cables, water pipes and sewage drains.
Preparing the Base Materials
Antique pavers are normally installed onto beds of sand, cement or crushed limestone. Start to prepare the base by adding the chosen material onto the excavated site. Making sure that the base material is spread out evenly. To check if it is a flat smooth surface you can run a level over the top.
The most important part of the installation is the compaction. Compaction is required for the installation of antique pavers because the compacting machine ensures a level, flat and even surface, ensuring that it will be a long lasting pavement.
Run the compactor over the area starting in small areas.
Note: Hiring a compactor is the best choice.
Apply the 2nd Base
Sand or cement can now be added onto the compacted base material starting in small loads. Once this is done level the area, ensuring you will achieve a leveled surface.
Note: For driveways and slopped installations a thicker base and second base material is needed to level with the sloped area.
Laying the Antique Pavers
You begin laying the antique pavers one by one in the laying pattern you have chosen. Start in a far corner and work your way back. If you are paving in straight lines use a string to help guide you to achieving straight lines.
Note: Most manufactures offer their customers a laying pattern grid that will help you immensely.
Cutting of the Pavers
Once the paved area is near completion the edging pavers will need to be cut to the right size. Using a masonry saw with a wet blade cut the pavers to size.
Note: Using a marker to color the pavers where it needs to be cut makes this process simple.
Installing Edge Restraints
The edge restraints play a vital part. Their role is to keep the antique pavers from shifting and moving for their original spot.
Note: Seek professional advice as to which edge restraints are the most suited for your antique paved area.
Compaction and Filling in the Gaps
You can then begin to use the compactor over the paved area. This will ensure they are all evenly laid out. It will also help bind the pavers and base together.
Once the area is swept free of all dirt and grime you can then begin to fill in the gaps. The two main products that are used for antique pavers are sand and mortar. If using sand, simply sweep it over the paved surface several times to make certain that the gaps are filled completely.