Installing Paving Stones

Installing

Putting in a new patio, driveway or retaining wall may seem like a simple, do-it-yourself project. But it's no easy matter to do the job right.

Instead, you'll face a complex project that requires expertise, special equipment and many steps. Why tackle a paving stone project on your own when The Home Depot can do it for you? Our experienced, knowledgeable professionals will handle your entire project from start to finish so you can relax.

A Typical Paving Stone Project

Before Installation

  • Create a detailed project design and plan
  • Acquire any necessary permits for a project
  • Measure the project area accurately
  • Estimate the proper types and amounts of paving stones and other material necessary for your project
  • Pick up paving stones, sand and other materials at the store, and move them to your project location

During Installation

  • Dig up and haul away existing surfaces, such as concrete, bricks, asphalt or sod. This can involve disposal permits and fees.
  • Locate and mark all underground utilities in and around the project area
  • Excavate and level soil to create a base for your new paving stone project. Existing soil may need to be replaced with new soil in some instances.
  • Create proper leveling. Improperly leveled soil means stones won't lie flat, but instead will create an uneven - and potentially dangerous - surface
  • Create proper slope. Improper sloping means water won't drain away from the paving stone surface. With proper sloping, water runs off the surface of the stones as if it were a solid slab.
  • Create proper drainage; install new drainage systems if needed. Improper drainage can cause erosion and damage to your house's foundation.
  • Move a large number of heavy paving stones into position
  • Cut paving stones to the appropriate sizes. This requires specific equipment - like a masonry chisel, hand sledgehammer, guillotine splitter, circular saw and diamond-blade wet saw. You may not have all this equipment on hand, and renting can be costly and inconvenient.
  • Install an edge restraint around the perimeter to keep stones in place
  • Lay in bedding sand
  • Set paving stones firmly into place. This requires a plate compactor, which you'll probably need to rent.
  • Level all paving stones
  • Work sand back into the cracks between paving stones

After Installation

  • Clean up the project area
  • Haul away and dispose of old surfaces. This can involve disposal permits and fees.

 
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