Paver opinion needed

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Alan, Jul 3, 2002.

  1. Alan

    Alan Member
    Messages: 1,185

    OK, no idea what went wrong, but this post came up blank the first time.

    Attempt #2.

    Started this paver patio yesterday. I'm using a soldier course where it's shown in pink, should I also use one along the existing building, shown in green?

    View attachment patio.jpg
  2. DaveK

    DaveK LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    I would do a soldier course for one main reason... it's quicker.

    Run the paver up to the building...

    Use a chalk line to mark a line parallel to the wall the distance away that you need for your soldier course...

    Walk along and cut on the line...

    Pull out the cut pieces, and lay in your soldier course.
  3. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 611

    I would agree with Dave. This is how I always lay them. Unless the customer desires different. I think it frames the patio. I also think that by snapping the chalk line and running the soldier course that you can make up for anyything being out of square in the building or patio.
  4. Alan

    Alan Member
    Messages: 1,185

    I'm doing it with Techo-Block "Elena" so there isn't even any cutting along the foundation. I usually use the square stones for soldiers, that makes the border uniform and then let the pattern itself run wild. The soldiers aren't as distinct this way, but they still make a neat edge. I've never abutted a foundation and was mostly wondering what the general opinion would be. Thanks
  5. Pelican

    Pelican LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    I always run a full border of soldiers to keep things symetric in appearence.
  6. lawnstudent

    lawnstudent LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 472

    Do you guys recommend butting the soldier course up to the foundation or would you recommend an expansion felt (or other material) between the pavers and the foundation?

  7. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    Depends -

    If the foundation is perfect, we lay right to it. It it isn't, we'll put in expansion join, or leave 1/4" void between pavers and foundation for sand.
  8. steveair

    steveair LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073


    A lot of this can depend on the type/style of paver being used. I've done pavers against foundations both ways, either with or without the soldier row.

    I've never used anything against the foundation. The pavers will move, which is fine. Expansions joints are put in so that concrete doesn't crack (or should I say the cracking is 'controlled') Since pavers don't crack, you don't need a expansion joint.

    For various reasons, you may however need flashing material if you are concerned about water sitting between the pavers and the house, but this is mainly when they are going to be in contact with wood.


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