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Any experience with concrete pavers?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 12, 2021 11:18PM
We're looking to redo our front walkway, and concrete or porcelain pavers look like the best option.

Anybody have any experience with these? Thanks!
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Re: Any experience with concrete pavers?
Posted by: Cary
Date: November 13, 2021 06:17AM
Concrete pavers are great.

Most important:
Base preparation - excavating, introduction of base material, compacting, etc.
Locking in edges so they don't spread.
Using the correct sand to lock them together.

And:

Depending on the size of the area, make sure that you get pavers from the same die lot, and mix pavers from different pallets, so you don't end up with distinct color bands or spots.
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Re: Any experience with concrete pavers?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: November 13, 2021 08:21AM
pretty much what Cary said.
although we choose to get a stone mason to do the work.
they have done well for 18 years.



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Re: Any experience with concrete pavers?
Posted by: rgG
Date: November 13, 2021 09:05AM
Like painting and so many other things, the quality of the finished product is all in the prep work, as stated above.
The actual laying of the pavers is the easy/fun part
I would say to make sure you have good edging around all four sides, to cut down on shifting and movement.

Our back patio is concrete pavers, installed by the builder five years ago. I like the look and the durability and no maintenance, except for a cleaning now and again.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/13/2021 09:05AM by rgG.
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Re: Any experience with concrete pavers?
Posted by: August West
Date: November 13, 2021 09:22AM
Agree on all the above; have a concrete paver patio and it's great.



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Re: Any experience with concrete pavers?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: November 13, 2021 09:59AM
I will totally emphasize edge containment. We had a guy do some pavers in our backyard for a fire pit. He did no edge containment other than lawn. We're getting some buckling around the edges.



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Re: Any experience with concrete pavers?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 13, 2021 04:05PM
Great advice-thanks.

What does “edge containment” look like?
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Re: Any experience with concrete pavers?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 13, 2021 04:42PM
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anonymouse1
Great advice-thanks.

What does “edge containment” look like?

Like a treated 2x4 almost level with the top of the pavers.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: Any experience with concrete pavers?
Posted by: rgG
Date: November 13, 2021 05:10PM
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anonymouse1
Great advice-thanks.

What does “edge containment” look like?

One example.

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Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)



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Re: Any experience with concrete pavers?
Posted by: Cary
Date: November 13, 2021 05:37PM
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anonymouse1
Great advice-thanks.

What does “edge containment” look like?

Besides the plastic strips and wood, some masons use concrete installed to create the same border as the plastic ones.
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