Rated 4.3 out of 5Â by 10
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JamesC Time saver. Back saver. Feels solid underfoot.
Having installed a paver patio the traditional method, by escavating and installing 8-inches of compacted crushed stone under 1-inch of leveling sand, use of this product saves time since it substitutes for the crushed stone and reduces the amount of digging so you can easily install a paver patio yourself, without a Bobcat. After plotting the area to be paved and escavating several inches of material with a shovel to allow for a 2-inch thick paver and 1-inch of leveling sand, so the pavers are fairly level with the surrounding land, I installed the panels. Initially, Iâd thought the panels should be sandwiched between layers of sand, but the instructions provide only for sand underneath and describe an optional compact crushed stone base layer for installation in areas where drainage is poor. Itâs important that the base layer be compacted and level before installing the panels on top because once the pavers are installed, an uneven surface will be difficult to correct. Each interlocking panel is 20-inch wide x 36-inch long, which is slightly narrowed than a competitorâs panels costing the same, and is virtually weightless. The panels are approximately 5/8-inch thick, rigid and have holes and grooves pre-cut into them to allow for drainage. I installed edging and polymeric sand to lock the pavers in place. Aside from the absence of a compacted crushed stone base layer, installation is fairly typical. Sakrete EZ paver base is preferable to digging and is easy to use. You can install a paver patio much quicker. Cost wise, I'm not sure there's any savings since these panels aren't inexpensive, but I've installed patios with and without EZ paver base and use of this produce definitely makes the project go faster. I'm satisfied with the results.
May 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Geri made the project easier and it has settled in nicely
We like the soft feel this provides as it has settled in very nicely and has, much to or relic, only evened itself out more (we were worried that the opposite would happen). Not sure that it saved us money, but it saved a ton of work. The other reviewer mention how they want it to last 50yrs; I guess they've never heard about the life of Styrofoam/rubber.
May 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Itsme Much less work, money wise its a wash
So after crunching the numbers and comparing these panel to a crushed stone base this is what I figured out. The panels are slightly bigger in length and width to a .5 cubic foot bag of Kolorscape Paver Base layer 1 crushed stone dust. That same bag is about 3" thick, so 3 bags gives you 9" non compressed, and should compress down to the required 8". Those bags of paver base are a hair under $4 each so it will cost you $12 generally for a panel sized section that is 8" deep. The EZ panels cost about the same, if you don't count the extra cost in digging the base layer depth and the tamping. In the end I went with the EZ base for my paver project. I'm too old for all the extra work otherwise. Now the question is...how long will it last.
July 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by LittleBigHart Not so EZ but easier.
I was eager to trial this product . Wanted to extend our patio and eliminate a spot of lawn that was hard to mow due to rocks and uneven ground. Wanted something that would be relatively easy to pull up if space needed later for our yet to be constructed garage. I received 20 pieces and made a rectangular paver patio that is 8 ft. X 12 ft. I used pavers that are 16" square, 2" thick. I still had a lot of digging to prep as the ground was uneven and had many roots and rocks. The ground then had to be tamped flat but continuing a downward slant away from the house. This stuff eliminated the need for adding a layer of crushed rock. It feels like flexible styrofoam, but doesn't fall apart or break easy. The pieces fit together, but don't lock together and are very lightweight. You put down a layer of sand, (I had to use at least a half inch) then set the EZ Paver Base tiles on top of the sand. Your pavers go directly on top of the tiles. We needed 2 people to get this to work, one person to hold the tiles in place, the other to lay down the pavers. You finish off your patio as usual, by filling in between pavers with sand. I was worried at first because some of my pavers rocked a bit, but they all settled well enough once all pavers placed and filled in with sand. I gave this 4 stars because the product did what it claimed and I accomplished what I wanted. The patio turned out stable and flat with the desired slope. Had trouble again uploading pics on this site but will post for a while on Pinterest, search Junk in the Yard if you want to see it. Can't speak to how long this will last as I have owned a short time.
June 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Chipotle Expensive, but worth it.
What is your time worth?
EZ Base doesn't really save you money - it's a bit more expensive than the traditional method. I spent $300 on EZ Base for a medium sized patio.
And it was worth it.
No 600 pounds of gravel.
No 300 pounds of sand.
Just 20 pounds of EZ Base that fit into the trunk of my 4 door corolla.
Patio is holding up nicely after 3 months, no concerns. Drains fine when it rains, super easy install.
Buy this and save yourself a ton of labor and materials transport.
August 20, 2014