How To Install 2CM Porcelain Pavers LIKE A BOSS!
Most outdoor applications will require some form of base prep including vegetation removal, earth removal or existing hardscape materials. Proper preparation of a smooth and compacted sub base & slope to allow water drainage away from any buildings or structures is very important for the integrity of any patio area. Any water or drainage issues should be addressed prior to installation. And always remember to order some extra tile (approximately 10% overage)
The most common installation method for patios, walkways, and poolscapes follows a similar installation method for installing standard concrete pavers. Depending on the local environment, dig 4 to 8 inches, add the subgrade gravel material, then 1 to 2 inches of compacted sand, stricking off with screed. (Striking off is the process of removing high points and filling low points when screeding. A Screed is a straight edge used to level with a back and forth motion while moving across the surface.)
When excavating, consider the thickness of the 3/4” paver, the base rock, and the compacted sand. (The required sub base thickness is determined by local soil and climatic conditions and standard local building practices.) It's always a good idea to check with your local building department if you have any questions.
Excavate to necessary depth and compact the subgrade. Make sure to slope away from any buildings or foundations. Optional, but it is recommended to lay a Geotextile (filter fabric) to separate the base from the soil and to prevent weed growth. Install the base rock material and compact. Then, add 1 to 2 inches of paver sand, lightly dampen, compact and strike off with screed.
Lay the pavers and use clear or black (min) 1/8" or larger disc spacers to create even joints. Pavers can be tamped slightly with a rubber mallet to eliminate any unevenness. Use a level to determine any high or low spots. DO NOT USE A PLATE COMPACTOR AFTER LAYING. Make any necessary cuts with a wet cut diamond blade only. Joints can be left open, to create a more permeable surface, or they can be filled with polymeric sand.
Install an edge restraint to hold substrate material in place where applicable. Clean all joints and then sweep polymeric sand into open joints until they are completely full. Remove all excess sand and dust from the surface. After the joints are full and the surface is clean, mist the pavement with water to activate the polymer and cure the mixture. Do not over saturate the surface with a hose, which will wash out all the binder material.
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