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Can You Lay Pavers On Just Sand?

Pavers come in a range of types and colors and create long-lasting paths and courtyards. The homeowner typically can do the job in a weekend or two if the project appears challenging. A strong foundation containing several centimes of rock and some sand is the key to a durable surface. 

It is important to choose the correct form of sand when building a sand base underneath a concrete paver system for a patio or walkway. Playground sand and masonry - or mortar - both under pavers are poor choices. Masonry sand does not compact enough and prevents adequate lateral drainage. The playground sand is too fine and washes away, making it unstable and unpredictable for pavers. 

The right sand is concrete sand to lay a foundation under concrete slabs. The concrete sand is extremely smooth so that it can be evenly compacted and proper water drainage is possible. This form of sand often rises slightly between the joints of the pavers, which help to seal the pavers. Concrete sand also locks securely in paver joints, so that the water doesn't slip and rise under the pavers. Polymeric sand is also suitable as any sand with an angular edge and a 1/8 inch diameter particle size.

Plan on spreading 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches of sand beneath the pavers; you'll also use it to fill the gaps between them. The sand should be spread over a 4- to 12-inch layer of crushed stone, which has been tamped into place. Moisten the sand, damp it and not sit again. Once the sand has mounted. The amount of stone and sand used depends on the soil you have and how much wear you wear the pavers. In soft clay soils use more steel and sand than in hard or sandy soils. A road covered by pavers requires a much deeper subsurface than paths that are traffic-free.


How to lay pavers on sand?


For the installation of pavers, use coarse sand. The sand intends to strengthen a smooth, high layer over the rock and create a firm, solid pavement surface. Coarse sand is cheaper than sandboxes' fine sand, making it an affordable and practical choice.


  • Choose a field that is firm, well drained and level

  • Remove approximately 170 mm of high soil and vegetation

  • Rake with the use of a roller, manipulator or compactor in a garden

  • Make sure that your patio is 150 mm less than any damp proof.

  • Install sufficiently robust edge restraints

  • Place a base layer of 100 mm (Type 1) in 2 layers with 50 mm compacted

  • Add a well-graded "grit" layer of 30 mm

  • Lay slabs 2-5 mm in bed In the bed

  • Fill in the joints with kiln dried fine sand


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Are You Considering Interlocking Concrete Pavers for Your Pool, Patio or Driveway? 

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