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How Thick Should Pavers Be For A Patio?

If you're looking to choose a patio or pathway in your backyard, that's a question you'll need to answer at some point. Answering this question, however, may give rise to even more queries that you need to answer before making a final decision, such as what is the difference between the two and where the best places to use either type are. You've come to the right place, however, to break down the thick and thin pavements.


What's the difference between thick and thin pavers? Where are you supposed to use either product? Do thick pavers cost more than thin pavers? Can I install thin pavers on the top of my driveway? These are common questions we've been getting from homeowners all the time.


The thick pads range from two to three-eighths of an inch to three and a half inches in thickness. Typically, they are used in new construction. When you build a new home and choose pavers for your hardscaping, you'll use thick pavers. If you add a new pool to your existing home and decide to install pavers as a deck surface, you'll use thick pavers. If you want a new patio in your backyard, you 're going to use thick pavers. If you're not lucky enough to have to re-try your garage with pavers, the current cement should be expelled, and thick pavers will be introduced over base material at that point.


Thin pavements have been designed to reshape existing pool decks, patios, sidewalks and front entrances. They are ideal for any non-vehicular application that remodels an existing concrete slab. Light pavers are not viewed as pavers by a specialized definition. Rather, they 're seen as a tile. Their thickness relative to their shape prevents them from being considered pavers. Typically, thin pads are anywhere from three quarters of an inch in thickness to one quarter of an inch in thickness. Since they're about half the thickness of regular pavements, they 're supposed to cost less, right?


Tragically, on a material just a premise, thin pavers cost equivalent to thick pavers. The explanation behind this is overwhelming, thick pavers are much more attractive than thin pavers. It is a burden on the manufacturing company to produce their less frequently demanded thin counterparts.


Ideal thickness

Pavers for most applications of the garden pathway should be 2 3/8 inches thick. The base, which is the area below the pavers, has a thickness specification. For example, the excavated soil site, coupled with crushed concrete and sand, creates a paver base. In order to effectively distribute weight and prevent damage, pavers should be at least 2 inches thick, especially if they are crossed by more than one person at one time. Saving money by using thinner cobblestones usually leads to cracks in those cobblestones, and cracks allow weeds to pop up and populate the paver walkway.


How thick are the pavers?

The thickness of the concrete pavements varies depending on the application:


  • Pedestrian areas, driveways and areas subject to limited vehicle use are paved with a thickness of 2 3/8 "units.

  • Streets and industrial pavements with a thickness of 3 1/8 "should be paved.

  • Thin concrete slabs are about 1 1/4 "and are applied to existing concrete slabs.

Are You Considering Pavers for Patio? 

At DPG Pavers and Design, we’ve been providing our customers with specialized Landscape and Hardscape Design and Build services for over 30 years. With offices throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, we are the best curb-appeal and outdoor living space designer and installers for homes, apartments and municipalities.  Appearing on HGTV’s Curb Appeal and featured on Discovery Channel’s program Renovation Nation, our team of skilled designers and landscape engineers provide top-quality service and professionalism our customers love.  Have a patio in need of an upgrade? Contact DPG Pavers and Design to schedule your free consultation today!

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