Do-it-yourselfers rejoice! We have tips on how to prep, perfect and finalize any patio project using interlocking pavers from Cambridge, Nicolock and others we carry at Island Block & Masonry Supply on Long Island. We offer a plethora of supplies for all of your outdoor “hardscaping” needs, and provide skilled workers to install projects of all scales, many choose to take the DIY, or do-it-yourself route because they enjoy that sort of work or want to save some money on installation. Whether you choose to take on that task on your own or want our workers to bring your project to fruition, we can help you pick out the appropriate materials to make your vision for any outdoor project a reality.
Here are a few things to keep in mind for your paver patio project once you have picked out the necessary materials from Island Block & Masonry Supply.
We’ve told you before that paver projects of all kinds are extremely low-maintenance, only requiring minimal upkeep in exchange for a beautiful and unique design that lasts for a lifetime. The effort you put into maintaining your paver patio is more than worth the benefits you will continue to reap from this project year after year.
Unlike with wood or other materials, you don’t have to continually shell out money to stain your paver patio and seal it at least once per year, which can amount to a significant amount of money over time.
The first step, also the most important, is to begin your project on as even ground as possible. The amount you have to dig down into the ground depends on the pavers you’ve purchased, but generally speaking, you should dig a good 6 inches under the surface. A smooth and stable foundation pretty much ensures that the pavers won’t shift over time.
Be sure to put a barrier down between the ground and your pavers. This will block out weeds and other unwanted growths. If you foresee a weed problem even with this blockade, look into a soil additive.
Pack the base! Again, a solid, dense foundation is crucial to the success of this project, especially during the prep phase. Don’t forget to add an edge to the patio to “cap” off your project, so to speak. There are a variety of methods you can use for edging, such as additional bricks, cement lipping or metal edging.