Concrete pavers are a popular choice amongst homeowners desiring a unique and long lasting driveway. When installed correctly, pavers are highly durable and handle the weight of vehicles without cracking or becoming damaged. While professionals can install pavers, building a paver driveway can also be an ideal project for an ambitious homeowner that enjoys tackling DIY projects. Homeowners should learn local building codes and requirements, make a plan, order the necessary materials and then begin creating their dream driveway.
Before getting started, be aware of local building codes and requirements and find out if any permits are necessary. Also, locate and mark utilities prior to any excavating to avoid damaging underground lines. If renting equipment for excavating and compaction is necessary, arrange this prior to beginning to ensure equipment availability.
After deciding on the location for the new driveway, make a scaled drawing of the area. The driveway should slope down and away from existing buildings and allow for adequate drainage. Also, determine the surface area of the desired driveway to order an adequate amount of materials.
Before starting the driveway, order all necessary materials. The materials needed for installing pavers include some type of crushed stone for a base layer, the actual pavers, washed river sand to put under the pavers and jointing sand to fill in the cracks after placing the pavers. It is wise to order 5 to 10 percent more pavers than needed to account for irregular cuts and breakage.
The main types of pavers are brick, concrete and stone. They come in various types of materials and there are many styles, shapes, patterns and colours to compliment any style of home.
Durable and strong
Withstands harsh climates
Natural or rustic appeal
Can be expensive
Made from cement and aggregate
Suitable for high-traffic areas
Resembles natural stone
Generally more affordable
Made from natural clay
Made from recycled tyres
With so many options from which to choose, homeowners are sure to find something that fits taste as well as budget. However, keep in mind that pavers for a driveway must be able to handle vehicle traffic and weight.
Prepare the Site
First, outline the desired driveway site and mark it with stakes. Then excavate the area. Builders should excavate to a depth that allows for 100 mm of compacted base layer, 40 mm of the sand layer under the pavers and the thickness of the paver itself.
Install Edge Restraints
Install edge restraints to help hold the pavers in place and keep everything from moving. There are many types of edge restraints available such as plastic, metal or concrete.
Add Base Material
Spread the base material in layers, compacting with a plate compactor between each layer. The base material needs to remain strong once compacted and needs to be able to drain properly.
Place the cleaned river sand on top of the base material. Rake the sand over the area to a depth of 40 mm. Drag a board across the sand to create a level, firm laying surface.
Install the Pavers
When laying the pavers, start in one corner and work outward from there, continuing with the desired design. It is important to not drag the pavers across the sand when placing them. Instead, lay them straight down. There should be a 1.58 to 2.175 mm gap between each paver, and the pavers should be flat and straight in each row. After laying all of the whole pavers that fit into the area, go back and cut pavers to fit the remaining spaces. Use a masonry saw to make the necessary cuts.
Compact the Pavers
After laying all of the pavers in the desired design, compact them. Do this with the plate compactor as long as a piece of carpet or other material lays on top of the pavers to protect them from cracking or breaking.
Add Jointing Sand
After installing the pavers, finish with the jointing sand, which helps keep the pavers in place. Pour the jointing sand onto the pavers and then sweep it into the cracks with a broom, making sure to fill the cracks completely.
How to Buy Pavers to Build a Driveway on eBay
Tackling a job such as installing a paver driveway might seem intimidating at first, but you can find most of the materials needed from reliable sellers on eBay. Highly rated sellers are there to answer any questions a buyer might have, and whether you prefer brick or concrete pavers, there is a wide selection available to fit every need. Simply type your query into the search box conveniently located atop every page. Consider local sellers for cheaper, faster shipping options and possibly even delivery or pick-up arrangements.