Paver Installation

Interlocking concrete pavers do not require any mortar or concrete to install — they are simply installed over a compacted, crushed-rock base topped with one inch of sand. An edge-restraint of concrete, wood, or pvc plastic edging is used around the perimeter of the installation to keep the pavers in place. After the pavers are laid on the sand, they are usually vibrated with a plate compactor (available from most local rental yards) to begin the locking process. Sand is then brushed into the spaces between the pavers and a final pass is made with the plate compactor.

Paver_detailThis means of installation results in a “flexible” paving system that is not subject to the cracking frequently seen in poured concrete. Many areas of California have expansive soils that swell when wet and shrink as they dry. This type of soil wreaks havoc with traditional paving methods as evidenced by the numerous visible cracks often seen in poured concrete driveways and patios. In contrast, the concrete pavers are able to accommodate this natural soil movement.

For a detailed discussion of proper installation techniques, please review the Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute’s technical note here:

ICPI Tech Spec Number 2: Construction of Interlocking Concrete Pavements

Our sales office has a wealth of additional installation information available upon request. Please contact our sales office if we can assist you with your project.

ICPI Tech Specs

  1. Glossary of Terms Used in the Production, Design, Construction and Testing of Interlocking Concrete Pavement
  2. Construction of Interlocking Concrete Pavements
  3. Edge Restraints for Interlocking Concrete Pavements
  4. Structural Design of Interlocking Concrete Pavement for Roads and Parking Lots
  5. Cleaning and Sealing Interlocking Concrete Pavement
  6. Reinstatement of Interlocking Concrete Pavements
  7. Repair of Utility Cuts using Interlocking Concrete Pavers
  8. Concrete Grid Pavements
  9. Guide Specification for the Construction of Interlocking Concrete Pavement – Section 02780
  10. Application Guide for Interlocking Concrete Pavements
  11. Mechanical Installation of Interlocking Concrete Pavements
  12. Snow Melting Systems for Interlocking Concrete Pavements
  13. Slip and Skid Resistance of Interlocking Concrete Pavements
  14. Concrete Paving Units for Roof Decks
  15. A Guide for the Construction of Mechanically Installed Interlocking Concrete Pavements
  16. Achieving LEED Credits with Segmental Concrete Pavement
  17. Bedding Sand Selection for Interlocking Concrete Pavements in Vehicular Applications
  18. Construction of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement Systems
  19. Design, Construction, and Maintenance of Interlocking Concrete Pavement Crosswalks
  20. Construction of Bituminous-Sand Set Interlocking Concrete Pavement
  21. Capping and Compression Strength Testing Procedures for Concrete Pavers
  22. Geosynthetics for Segmental Concrete Pavements
  23. Maintenance Guide for Permeable Interlocking Pavers
  24. Construction Guidelines for Segmental Concrete Paving Slabs and Planks in Non-Vehicular Residential Applications


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