April 24, 2009


Brick and Concrete Pavers at www.abc123.com

Brick and Concrete paver contractors in Denver are telling us about the brick paver Installation process, because many homeowners have never seen brick pavers Installed.
The Brick paver contractors all said they begin by planning the job with the homeowners, picking colors and patterns, getting samples together and drawing a quick diagram of the area, and making sure traffic flows well around all existing structures, buildings, and fences, etc.
Drawing a very clear plan showing the layout, patterns,and color changes, to help the homeowners visualize how the driveway, pool deck or walkways will look after the brick have been laid is always done before the job begins.

Contacting local utility companies is a must before any excavation can take place to locate any underground utilities like power line, water and Gas lines. If they need to be moved or access is needed now is the time, and they all reminded us this is one of the huge advantages of using concrete or brick pavers.
If you ever have to get underneath a brick paver driveway or pool deck, the pavers can be removed and easily put back again, unlike concrete surfaces that need to be torn out and replaced with the mess that comes with replacing the concrete.

When laying out the areas to receive brick pavers the contractors said they are very careful to always make sure and slope the paved areas away from the home and other structures to avoid problems with drainage, and damage to foundations that would require expensive repairs later.

For walkways a base of 4 inches to 6 inches of processed gravel is usually enough, so the paver contractors excavate between 7 inches to 9 inches to allow for base material, sand and brick pavers.

For Driveways, and pool decks a base of between 6 to 8 inches of processed gravel is needed so they excavate about 9 to 11 inches deep, and about a foot beyond the area that’s being paved. All the areas underneath the brick surface of excavated soil are compacted with a large and heavy plate compactor, and the gravel is added in layers while being wetted with water until the correct level is achieved.

Edge restraints are placed around all the edges of the brick pavers to provide a solid barrier to prevent the pavers from spreading, The restraints are made from PVC, aluminum, PT wood, or concrete curbs which are the best because they’re easy to install and very durable.

Before laying the brick pavers, a bed of sand is prepared and the pavers are laid out in the pattern you have chosen, leaving an 1/8 inch space between the pavers. After the pavers have been laid, they sweep the surface of the pavers with brooms to remove any debris, and spread masonry sand over the entire surface, sweeping the sand into the joints of the brick pavers and making sure to leave extra sand on top of the pavers.
The brick or concrete pavers are then tamped carefully with a large vibrating plate compactor. The extra sand on the pavers cushions the surface of the pavers and the vibration fills the joints between the pavers with sand.

We hope this helps you to understand the process of laying concrete and brick pavers, and as always simply call any of the great Brick paver contractors at www.abc123.com in Denver and they’ll be more than happy to answer any questions for you.

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