Pavers, known to most as paving stones, need one extremely important material for proper installation – sand. All construction installations require a base and pavers are no exception, it is paramount to prevent the joints of the pavers from moving. Sand is ideal for this purpose as it forms the perfect base but you need to make sure that you only use high-quality sand for creating a base under the pavers.
The best kind of sand, the only type recommended by experts when it comes to paving stone installation, is concrete sand. Concrete sand is usually a mixture of brown, tan, and beige colors and is often combined with cement and this mixture is then used to construct septic systems. Concrete sand is widely used because of it’s high quality and durability while other sands may be used but they aren’t durable and will crack in some time which will destroy your pavers as well.
The right consistency of sand has to be used to create the best base for your pavers – coarse sand underneath the pavers, this allows for a flatter surface, strength, and tight compaction. The sand should not be thicker than one to one and half inches once it has been smoothed and leveled. If you have a very thick layer, the base will become soft and the pavers will sink in or move from their place. You need to be careful about the thickness of the base to ensure that the pavers are set in place and take optimal time for setting.
It is important to be careful about the kind of sand you choose to form the base for your pavers, as this is what keeps the pavers in place and will make it long-lasting and durable. Concrete sand is the best sand for this purpose as it helps set the pavers in place and makes for the best base which is durable and gives a smooth finish.
Once you have placed two layers of crushed stone to create the base, the next step is to level it using a compactor. This will help your concrete sand lay down in an even layer, forming a finishing cover for all the base elements as the pavers will be placed in a definite position.