It never feels good, when after you’ve completed a stunning looking project using interlocking pavers, you begin to notice issues.
Difficult issues can include such things as pavers unusually pooling water or the compaction of the pavers not being done well.
Most of these inadequacies result from mistakes during the installation process.
How about we examine some of those terrible mistakes we should avoid when installing your interlocking pavers.
Thinking in the Short Term
Short-sightedness so to say is one of the most notorious mistakes when installing interlocking pavers.
A lot of the contractors tend to think more on the short term. Now the surface of the earth in eternally changing.
The earth, therefore, is regularly experiencing expansion and contraction as the seasons come and go with associated temperature variations.
Therefore the moisture component of your soil would equally vary. With this variation, tree roots would consequently modify themselves in the lookout for water.
Eventually, this would create pressure on the soil and your pavers. The eternally alternating contraction and expansion would threaten the rigidity of your pavers.
Thus it makes reasonable sense to factor in these soil movements when installing the interlocking pavers, thereby thinking on the long term.
More particularly large format interlocking pavers should be built to accommodate these movements of the soil as seen in repeated warping, contraction, and dilation.
To adequately realize this, you would have to primarily determine the position of your construction joints (keeping the shifting soil in mind) as well as your expansion joints and contraction joints before you ever begin the construction process.
Using Mortar Additives Incorrectly
When you are dealing with large format interlocking pavers especially, it is crucial to correctly use your mortar additives.
Basically, your mortar additives were designed to enhance the workability as well as the elasticity of your pavers.
More importantly, they significantly contribute to the adhesion of your pavers. But while you could readily use these mortar additives to prevent the likelihood of your pavers “de-bonding”, it is very crucial in the installation to correctly deploy the appropriate adhesives.
If you incorrectly use these mortar additives, the foundation would be largely threatened pilling up huge problems for your interlocking pavers on the long run.
The Error of Not Running Joint Both Ways
This is one infamous error contractors keep repeating. They fail to place the joints both longitudinally and transversely as well.
It is vital that these joints are placed in accurate minimum intervals in the two aforementioned directions. To make this look better on the eye as well as reducing cuts, you can deploy the unit size of the interlocking pavers to make adjustments to the precise joint placement.
This must be carried out in adherence to the structural (minimum) requirements.
Storing Your Pavers Inappropriately Before Using
Naturally interlocking pavers have impressive durability. Yet you still have to bother about the stains it could suffer when you store it inappropriately.
It is even more unfortunate that such stains are irreversible.
So for your interlocking pavers to evenly age and boast commendable durability with (no embarrassing variations in the color as time elapses), it is essential to be well cleaned and sealed to avoid unsightly markings as they age.