how late can u do pavers

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by JML, Dec 17, 2002.

  1. JML

    JML LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 415

    This is our first real year of doing pavers. I have never done paver work into the winter, and I was just wondering how late can you do the pavers with the ground freezing and all? Thanks

  2. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    If the ground isn't frozen, you can install pavers.
  3. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    The other factor is wet, muddy ground. It needs to be firm enough to be a stable sub-base. In the cold, it takes longer to dry out so covering the site to keep out rain/snow makes sense.
  4. dan deutekom

    dan deutekom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    If you do pavers late into the season tell the client that you might have to be back in spring to relay some areas. With frost going into the ground, wet material and all the other uglyness of working in poor conditions there is a good chance of something not being packed right or other problem. I have found that the client usually is understanding about this. When I do late season jobs I go back in spring and check. I then fix any problem I detect no matter how minor.

    Does any one know of a good adhesive that works well in cold, damp conditions without having to use a torch to dry the cap? I find this very time consuming.
  5. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    Dan there are a number of epoxies that allow use in wet conditions, we have used one that worked under water.
  6. dan deutekom

    dan deutekom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    Thanks Paul

    I will look into that
  7. P. Baxter

    P. Baxter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I installed my patio in the winter no goooooooood. I have watched large LC install all winter only to see the walks all fall apart within a year. If you do install into winter make sure you cover every inch of exposd stone with a cnavis. You never know when it may snow.
  8. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    :blob3: we do all our major paver jobs in the winter for years with no problems as of yet. tony
  9. dougaustreim

    dougaustreim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    WE are doing a patio today here in SD: Winter capital of the world. Success or failure of a paver job is 90% base prep. If one doesn't get proper compaction, it doesn't matter what time of the year it is. Actually we have our biggest problems during the wet season in the spring. This winter so far is mild and we have been rather dry. We would only lay on a site that was well prepared. One obviously would not use frozen soil to fill with etc. If the underlying ground is solid and you have unfrozen gravel and sand to work with, you should have no problem doing a good job.

    Doug Austreim
    Austreim Landscaping

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    what happens if you lay pavers on frozen ground.. Ughhh , your not gonna get good compaction at all and come spring it will be an ugly mess... all your gonna hear are complaints... and waste your time and money repairing or redoing the entire project come spring, not very profitable ...

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