Pavers next to Concrete??

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by RwADesigner, Sep 8, 2002.

  1. RwADesigner

    RwADesigner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    When you install a paver patio next to an existing concrete or paver patio how much higher should new pavers be raised to adjust for the settling?
  2. steveair

    steveair LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073


    no real answer here. The concrete patio may or may not continue to settle. The pavers, if installed correctly, shouldn't settle either, but eventually, there is going to be a little bit of give and take somewhere.

    I would install them flush with the concrete. A trip edge is not something you want to be responsible for.....

    As for the settling, I would just explain to the client, that though you are sure your pavers are installed to to or above standard practice, and that due to the nature of the installation, some movement may eventually occur between the two......either that or tell them they have to rip up that ugly concrete and just do the whole thing in pavers, but I imagine that is not a option at this point.

  3. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    Install the new pavers 1/8"proud.
  4. Pelican

    Pelican LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    I might be reading the question a bit differently. When I am in this situation, I set the sand course so the pavers are 1/2 inch above the existing grade you are matching. Then when you do your final tamping, the sand compacts at the rate so the pavers are flush with the existing grade.
  5. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Messages: 1,578

    Your finished product should always end up flush IMO. I would not count on anything settling. I don't like seeing finished product with "toe stubbers", or trip hazards.
    If your question was relating to the height of pavers before compaction then we go about a 1/4 inch higher.
  6. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    Here's a bit of info I have found about concrete guys....they never compact their gravel base as well as paver installers. So over time the edges of the pavers will settle along the concrete as fines travel under ther concrete. I leave my pavers 1/8" proud on all concrete walks and am very carefull around curbs.

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