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Can You Put Concrete Between Pavers?

For building paths, patios and parking areas, the pavers are ornamental alternatives for concrete. In general, pavers need to be built more than just concrete, but pavers are opening the door to design in a concrete plate with textures and designs difficult to suit. Pavings are normally installed on a sand bed. However, there may be certain conditions warranting the use of cement to hold pavers.

A bed of sand typically is used under pavers because it can be scraped easily to create a smooth surface so the finished paver construction looks straight and even. The same even surface can be accomplished by setting pavers on wet cement, but it is a more time-consuming process than using a sand bed because of the effort involved in mixing the cement. The entirely rigid cement-built surface can also distract from the aesthetic of the pavers – a natural variable, permeable surface that reminds the atmosphere of old cobbled roads.


Why Use Cement in Between Pavers?


The resilience of pavers can become a liability if the roots of trees grow under them and deform the paved surface. This happens much more with pavers than with a concrete plate, but with cement, buckling is a problem in place, it can be the best of all worlds and set pavers. Another issue is that pavers move on the outer edge to undermine the structural integrity of the paved surface. Different ways of curving are possible to tackle migration patterns, including the development of a concrete lip forming a rigid edge to hold pavers. However, if pavers are initially set in cement, they will be immobilized and not moved out over time.


Installation Using Concrete Base for Pavers


For the filling of the concrete base for pavers, the shape boards are required so that the finished product has a smooth, continuous surface and a 1% drainage path is assured. The downside to the use of a concrete mark under the paving is that the mark has to be produced section by section, with the size of each segment equal to the amount of pavers put before the concrete dries. In order to build a level foundation, when crushed rock is put under the mortar, shape boards are unnecessary. As the pavers are placed, Mortar spreads bit by bit. Mortar thus makes the construction of pavers more favorable than concrete mixes. Also, dry mortar can be swept into the cracks between pavers; ambient moisture will cause the dry mortar to stiffen over time. Using dry mortar that way saves a tremendous amount of time compared to mortaring individual joints between pavers, but the dry mortar has to be applied in dry conditions to prevent it from staining the pavers' surface.


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