View Full Version : how much do pavers settle during compaction or afterwards??

04-13-2005, 01:00 PM
Can anyone tell me how much do pavers settle during compaction or afterwards??


04-13-2005, 02:51 PM
None if you compact right .

04-13-2005, 06:53 PM
If I have to match paver heigth to something like an existing sidewalk, I keep the paver about 1/4 inch higher. Then when they are tamped, they are flush.

They shouldnt settle afterwards if the proper steps were taken to prepare the base.

04-13-2005, 08:56 PM
when installed on a non compacted sand base, they will settle 3/8". then none...... if your base is right.

04-13-2005, 09:51 PM
Yardpro is right...3/8" is about right. If we are a little high sometimes I can get 1/2" with a hand tamper, but it's a PITA.


Simply Green L&L
04-14-2005, 04:23 PM
What are you setting your pavers on, sand or screenings? 3/8" is about right for sand but screenings probably won't compact as much.

04-14-2005, 04:40 PM
Thanks for responding.

I will be laying antique road pavers (4x9x3-3/4") on 1" non-compacted sand base, 8-10" compacted gravel beneath that. The patio will be against existing concrete driveway on 2 sides and I really want to get the elevations to match but its one of those things where I won't know if it is right until all pavers are laid and compacted which is why I'm asking ahead of time!!! So far it seems if I notch my screed board accounting for a 3/8" drop I ought to be all right but it looks like not all are in agreement here so I'm still a little nervous!

One more quick question, since the antique pavers don't have little "nubs" to space them apart, should I leave a little gap at all when placing them?


04-21-2005, 01:28 PM
on a concrete sand base, use the 3/8" as CG and Yardpro say.

04-21-2005, 01:42 PM
Thanks for the help. 3/8" did the trick. I've attached a photo of the finished work (the green on the pavers is from the tree buds that fell due to rain).

04-21-2005, 10:52 PM
Looks good! You did a great job matching up the wall with the steps.


04-23-2005, 08:15 AM
looks great.