Patio and Driveway Paver Foundation Tips

Laying pavers over a crushed stone and sand base.
Laying pavers over a crushed stone and sand base.

When laying a paver patio, driveway, or walk, it’s important to start with a good foundation of crush stone to prevent settling over time.

After the crushed stone base has been raked and leveled, use a mechanical plate compactor to compact the crushed stone to prevent any future settling.

Next, level a layer of sand on top of the crushed stone, then lay the pavers. Finally, sweep sand into the cracks between the pavers and run the compactor over the area again to make sure the sand fills the gaps between the pavers.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Further Information

If you’re creating an outdoor surface with pavers to improve your home, you want to do it right. That means starting with a solid foundation of crushed stone base material.

Once the base is in place and graded smooth, it should be compacted with a mechanical plate compactor to prevent future settling. After the sand and pavers are added, run the compactor over the area again to ensure that the sand completely fills the space between the pavers.

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  1. Hi folks,
    Is weed control a problem with paving stones? Should I put down a weed-proof membrane that prevents weeds from coming through but allows water to seep through?

    Thanks again!


  2. We will be replacing our concrete driveway with concrete pavers.

    What is the best expansion joint to use between the garage floor and the start of the concrete pavers of our driveway?

    We was told that we need a wide expansion joint due to the increase movement of the concrete street in front of our home, that has pushed our driveway into our garage floor and has pushed our interior floor system towards the back yard of our home.

    We need your help.

    Thank you in advance


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