Pavers are available in all shapes, sizes and a wide variety of colors. They are available in bricks, stones and concrete blocks. You can order a formal shape like a rectangle or square or an irregular shape like flagstone and fieldstone. They have a variety of uses too. You can use them for the walkway, driveway or patio. The main common thing about pavers is that they have to be laid on a solid base. The base is often compacted rocks and gravel. To avoid expensive paver restoration, you must ensure that the base is strong and that the space between the pavers is filled with sand to keep pavers from shifting.
Now to the question that brought you to this post, should you leave a gap between the concrete pavers? The answer is yes. In this post, we will take a look at how much space you should leave. We will also discuss what you need to use to fill the gap between pavers.
Match the gap when paving
One of the reasons most homeowners request for paver restoration services is because the gap between their pavers is uneven. This results in an unsightly appearance. As to how much space you should leave, the answer will depend on the type of pavers and the type of paving you are using. For example, when laying concrete pavers for your patio, you have to keep them as close together as possible. The edges should be touching. For bricks or flagstones, the pavers should have a wider gap or be arranged with smaller seams.
When using stone or bricks for the walkway, you should leave a wider gap. This is because the stone walkways usually look better when they have a stepping-stone fashion. The gaps between the pavers should then be filled using gravel or sod. For gravel or fieldstone, you will achieve a better look by filling the gaps using colorful pea gravel. For the walkway, the gaps should be about ½ inch.
Using gaps as accents
You can make the pavers more attractive by filling the gaps using stone dust or dry cement. The color contrast between the brick and the white seams will add more character to your pavers. Whether you are working with brick or concrete, always use a contrasting color.
Sand is the best option for sealing the gaps between the pavers. This is more so if your pavers have been set close together. Polymeric sand will offer a stronger bond.
Regardless of how you want the pavers to look, always keep in mind that a solid base and strong bond is the key to avoiding expensive paver restoration services. Always make sure your pavers are installed properly. Better yet, leave the installation work to the experts.