Pavers for a driveway?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by tlojohnson, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. tlojohnson

    tlojohnson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    I have a Long driveway that is about 8,000 sqf. Actually there is nothing there yet but dirt. I want to use pavers and wanted to know what you put under the pavers for you base and if the base is expensive
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  2. Crash

    Crash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    12" of 23A stone mix compacted every few inches. 1" of 2NS sand screeded. Don't forget to use poly Techniseal sand in the joints and a good solid edging. We use BEAST from UNILOCK, some people like using concrete.
  3. DJJS

    DJJS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    We do the same for driveways 12" base compacted in 2 inch lifts, we rent a much bigger compactor for driveway paver jobs. I dnot use concrete for edging but if you do get the geotextile coming up the side in between the pavers & the poured edge so if the concrete cracks the sand/aggregate doesnt escape thru the gap
  4. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,632

    he's in florida, they don't even use base in some places just pack and stack.
  5. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    ^ Yeah, since your in a frost free climate, just some compacted sand would probably do the trick. After a number of years it will settle right in the tire tracks where you always drive, though. Are you a homeowner wanting to do this?
  6. mathews

    mathews LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    Dont use just sand. It MAY work, but it MAY not gonna cost you alot more to go in rip it out n start over. At least excavate 8-10" in build ur base right. I would pay someone to do this if i were you. In florida some guys work for next to nothing anyways. BUT if you are gonna be cheap wen hiring a contractor, than ull get wat u pay for, n thatll b a rutted up driveway thats very unattractive
  7. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    4-6" compacted sub base with 1" sand bed.

    Call a professional, though.

    Good luck.

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