If you considered pavers as addition to your home, you probably heard that they might move after the installation, which is not something that you want to experience.
Here is what you need to know about installation process (and you can discuss it with your vendor), so this won’t happen to you:
Base – This is the most important part. Without a good base, your pavers can start moving around before you know it. For the high-quality base, you need a solid gravel, about 6” deep, plus 1” of sand or small crushed gravel and height of your pavers, of course (which adds up to approximately 10” depth). After digging is done, existing soil must be compacted. Next important part is drainage. You don’t want puddles of water under your pavers, because with time it will destroy the base.
Sleeving – Sleeve is a pipe that allows to run any type of wiring or irrigation in the future. This will protect you from being in situation when you need to choose – “wires or pavers?”. Sleeve helps to add anything to your backyard in a smooth manner.
Quality matters – Correctly installed pavers should last for decades, so you should pick good quality materials for your pavers which will look good even 10 years after the installation. Otherwise, what is the point of all hard work that you put into the installation? Also, don’t forget about thickness of your pavers. You don’t want something too thin, if you want it to last. Good recommended thickness of pavers is 1.5” – 2”.
Edging – After pavers are set and look good, edges need to be taken care of, because edges is most vulnerable part or the paver construction. Paver restraint and spikes (or pins) need to be installed outside right up next to the paver to hold it in place. The edging also should have gravel underneath.
Polymeric sand – will prevent weed from growing in between pavers.
The entrance to your home can really set the feel for your home. If you are reconstructing the layout of your driveway, there are a few things to consider. Function, form and aesthetic appeal. When designing a new driveway, we consider the following: how do you want your driveway to function? Do you need space for a turn around? Single or double car width? Would you like an additional parking space? Next, we’ll address the garage access. Where is the location of the garage? You’ll want to be sure that you’ll have enough turning space for a car to safely pull in and out of the garage. Third, is the terrain. Are their trees you want to keep? Is there a slope that needs to be addressed? These are things that can create a custom driveway as well as possibly adding additional costs. Finally, the look and feel you are trying to create. Do you want a simple driveway that doesn’t distract from your home or would you like a grand entrance that really WOW your guests?
The shape of the driveway all relies on the above answers. Maybe even a combination of two to create a unique curb appeal for your home. • Circular Driveways are one of the most popular driveway layouts. This eliminates the need for backing out of a driveway and perhaps the location of your home may be best to pull in and out for safety. A common variation is a teardrop shaped driveway – where there is one entrance and it opens into a loop that cars may drive around. This option requires a bit of room and land, so this may not be an option for a small space.
• Straight driveways are simple and functional. To create a more grand estate like entrance a long driveway lined with trees can sure make a lasting vision on your guests. This layout purposefully directs people to your home, putting it on display.
• Curved driveways are a way to keep existing mature trees or boulders by winding through them. This is an interesting feature to incorporate into your home. You’ll want to make sure that the driveway is wide enough to incorporate all vehicles, such as delivery and garbage trucks. By having the curves be wide and broad sweeping this will be easy to accommodate.
Contact us today and we can help design and install your new driveway!
Transblue works with big commercial companies, like Walmart, but also with small residential properties. Here is an example of our recent project for a hardscape in front of the house. Below you can see pictures of preparation, process and a final result. Call us with any ideas for your home! We would love to help you make it come true!