Paver installation

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by frdm12, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. frdm12

    frdm12 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    I recently moved to Florida and used to own a landscaping company in New Hampshire. Why am I seeing all sorts of landscaping companies installing patio/driveway pavers on gravel base without bedding sand? I never saw this in New Hampshire or California and it's ICPI specs to use bedding sand as well as pretty much every paver manufacturer.
  2. amscapes03

    amscapes03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 398

    probably because freeze/thaw is non-existitant
  3. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,607

    The soil in the south is sand...
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  4. Jesse Spears

    Jesse Spears LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Would you guys be able to give me tips on laying pavers?
  5. Currinson

    Currinson LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Messages: 111

    The reason for the 1 inch of non compacted sand is so when you do compact, if there is any irregularity in the pavers, the sand will account for it. I have never seen a paver company say not to use sand. I am guessing they are doing it to save time and material, or because they can't haul graded base and sand. I have seen some guys installing on stone dust. In New England when stone dust gets wet it turns to crap. When these guys cut corners they are able to bid lower and it kills our industry
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  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,623

    Sand is where the “interlock” derives.

    Hence “interlocking concrete pavers”
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