How to Prevent Paver Patio Stones FromMoving and SinkingHow to Prevent Paver Patio Stones From Moving and Sinking

Interlocking concrete pavers can make designing a beautiful patio easy and relatively expensive. Unfortunately. some people may experience problems with their paving stones moving or sinking after they are installed. We have made a list of some of the basic problems people encounter to help people avoid them.

1. The Pavers Are Uneven or Are Sitting at Different Heights

The best way to avoid this common problem is to plan ahead carefully before starting the project. Depending on what kind of soil is at the base, there may be a larger amount of water retention. This is especially a problem in areas where the temperature changes below freezing, as the water will cause the soil to expand when it turns to ice. Stone dust is another product in soil that may hold a lot of water and lead to problems. Processed gravel can be used as a base to prevent uneven stones; if they are already uneven, you will need to start over and make sure the base
is solid.

2. One Area of Paver Patio Stones Has Become Lower

You may first notice this when you notice puddles of water gathering on one area of the patio. Water can not only damage your patio, but lead to unsanitary conditions and insects. When there is just one area which is experiencing this problem, you can probably solve the problem by dealing with that area in isolation. You can dig up the stones which are lower, as a group, and then fill in the base with processed gravel so that the stones can be put back on the same level as the others.

3. Pavers Are Moving Out of Place Or Even Look Like They’re Falling Off

In these cases, there is no restraint at the edge of the project to give it solidity and stability. There are different kinds of edge supports which can be placed on the edges to hold the project in place, and you can choose which ones will work best for your project. The ones made of the most solid materials, and resistant to weather, will probably provide the most support. There are cement, plastic and metal edgings.

4. Uneven Pavers That Are Jutting Out

This is not only unattractive but potentially dangerous. The most common reason this happens is that the project is not properly sealed at the end.  After the base, stones and edgers are laid, you need to sweep concrete concrete or polymeric sand into all of the cracks and run a compactor over the finished project.

Whatever your hardscaping or landscaping problems, our experts at Midstate Excavation & Landscaping can provide quality work and keep you educated on your own projects.

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