Thickness of pavers

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by dtelawncare, May 15, 2006.

  1. dtelawncare

    dtelawncare LawnSite Member
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    I installed my own sidewalk with paver stones and it turned out well. I have to give a estimate to a potential customer for putting down pavers for a driveway. How thick do the pavers have to be for a driveway. I was thinking the 45mm should be strong enough. I know the how to part of this, I am just not sure of the strength of the pavers.
     
  2. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Are you using interlocking concrete pavers? A typical interlocking concrete paver is 2.4", 2 3/8" or 60mm, and they are fine for driveways. If you have an extreme duty application, there are some thicker pavers, almost 3" thick. For a driveway, you should install a minimum of 15" of compacted base material.

    Kirk
     
  3. dtelawncare

    dtelawncare LawnSite Member
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    Thanks Dreams, I am not sure about the actual style cutomer may want. She wants me to get a couple prices together for her. I judst didn't know if the 45mm was enough. I will definately only look at the 60mm. Her original plan was to have me install the 24 inch square stepping stones. I explained that they would crumble as soon as the first tire hit them. She told me to get the prices together for the required pavers.
     
  4. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Stepping stones are good for stepping on, not driving. You need quality interlocking concrete pavers, a thick, well compacted base and edging that will sustain vehicular traffic. If they think the drive doesn't have to be built for trucks, think again. Package delivery trucks, septic pump trucks, mulch or stone deliveries or a moving van can destroy a poorly installed driveway. If you build it, build it right.

    Kirk
     
  5. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Make sure the ratio is between 3:1 and 4:1 (overall lenght / thickness)
     
  6. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
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    80 mm do not cost much more. Be safe than sorry.
     

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