fabric recommendations?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by nt1, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. nt1

    nt1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    Any recommendations for weed control fabric underneath brick pavers?

    I am helping my sister install a brick paver patio on clay soil.

    The material at local home centers looks woven(breathable) and is not solid plastic.

    Is a "breathable" product better for clay soils?
  2. excalibur

    excalibur LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    If you are going for the ocean in a hurricane look, go ahead as you arer planning. If not, you will want to look through the numerous threads that discussed how to install a proper base course and sand bed before installing your pavers. I have never heard of any reputable installer using weed control fabric, although I am not a pro.

    MILSINC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    That's right, fabric is not even in the picture. Do a basic google search on how to install, and you should get something to go by.
  4. nt1

    nt1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    From books and the internet sources recommend fabric between the base and the sand bedding.

    MILSINC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    ahh, I see.. well, disregard the fabric anyhow. base (compacted) and sand bedding is how it's done.

    MILSINC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    also, don't forget to sand the joints with mason sand or poly sand. Poly sand does a nice job of keeping weeds out. You might also seal the pavers, which can help. Weeds typically should not grow through if done properly and with tight joints (sanding over aids in this, then compact again after sanded over)
  7. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    Theyare talking about filter fabric ( soil seperation fabric) Marafi
  8. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    compact soil then fabric then base is that what you mean
  9. nt1

    nt1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    Ok, so maybe paver was not the right description. I will be using cleaned second-hand bricks for the patio. I have read about the actual pavers being stronger for this use but the bricks are free and she likes the rustic look of the bricks.

    With these used bricks the joints will not be as tight as with pavers, maybe half inch joints at times.

    So will sweeping in the sand on top of these bricks with suck large "gaps" be sufficient keep the weeds out?
  10. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    DeWitt markets a fabric specifically for paver work. If you are going to have some larger gaps between the bricks be sure to use polymer sand as it will stay in place much longer than silica sand.

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