Paver Patio with no polymeric sand over winter

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Mr. Midwest, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. BlockHead23

    BlockHead23 LawnSite Member
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    Exactly. You need to go the depth of the paver with poly sand. If you put a thin layer over regular sand, it will peel off.
     
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  2. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    right...

    I use polymeric for slopes where water run off is likely to cause washout of normal sand...but for normal flat paver patios I find it an unnecessary expense and due to weather constraints... a common hindrance during wet weather,.
     
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  3. Mr. Jon

    Mr. Jon LawnSite Member
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    Same here. But you still filled the joints. We used the same concrete sand as the bedding. It took forever.
    The OP is asking about not filling the joints at all until next spring which I would not do. If I had to, I'd cover the entire job with tarps to keep the joints clean & dry. Otherwise they'll fill up with crap and stay wet forever.
     
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  4. TPendagast

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    The original advice was “just use regular sand” since it was a flat patio
    That’s what we’re discussing, the rebuke to the advice and the OMG posts about polymeric sand.

    Sweep in standard sand product and be done with it
     
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  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    The problem I would have is that the place I get sand from would only have wet sand this time of year. At least poly sand will be dry. Wait till a sunny after and get it done.
     
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  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    No problem. Use Silica Sand. That's all we used before Polysand came out. No issues. None.

    Silica Sand is basically what they use for sandblasting
     
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  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    Easy enough, I don't do enough hardscaping work to know the shortcuts. I found the biggest issue with hardscaping is that it's hard work.
     
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  8. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes. Very hard work, hence “hardscaping”! LOL

    And in many areas is very competitive and cut throat. Although I have a buddy in Montana, a veteran contractor, that does extremely well financially.
     
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  9. Mr. Jon

    Mr. Jon LawnSite Member
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    Messages: 153

    Yeah that's good stuff. Quikrete makes it in 50 lb bags.
     
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  10. Mow-Daddy.com

    Mow-Daddy.com LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Is the area to big to put up a poly tent for a temporary shelter?
    We used to tent all types of work area's back in construction days.
     

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