Hillsborough County’s Premier Walkway Installer
Affordablepatio.com has built an outstanding reputation across Tampa Bay, which has led us to become a top masonry contractor. Over the last 15 years, we have installed thousands of walkways across Hillsborough County. We specialize in installing paver walkways. To further emphasize our dedication and professionalism, we have been granted the title of being a Preferred.
Our team prides itself on educating all of our customers, which we have found eliminates any stress that may arise from tackling a project like this. To make this process even easier for you, everything that you need to know about your new walkway installation can be found below.
How Much Does a Paver Walkway Cost?
What's under our Walkways
We install our walkways to manufacture specs. 2-4” of crushed concrete base, compacted with a gas powered plate compactor followed by a ¼” of fine mason sand for the leveling process. Next step is paver installation, concreting edges in, and lastly sanding the joints of your new walkway. (more detailed info provided below)
Setting Heights Based off the Grade of Your Property
The first step to installing a walkway is assessing the grade of your property. This is the most important step in figuring out the height of your new paver project. This will determine everything else moving forward. Once we know our starting height we will add “pitch” to the pavers, we like to add 1.5” every 10ft pitched away from your home. This will ensure proper water run-off and make sure the walkway does not feel like a ramp.
Excavation, Removal of Soil or Debris in the Area of Your New Paver Project
Now that the heights are set the crew can start to excavate. From the height of our stringline we dig down 5-7 inches. All the soil we excavate will be carted away. With that complete and all the soil removed, the crew will check one last time to confirm their heights and then start compacting the ground. This will help prevent settling.
Setting Up Forms & Installing Subbase
While that is happening other crew members will start to set up forms, these wood forms are used to keep our sub-base at the level we need it. Once the forms are in place and temporarily secured, we start to fill the area with RCA. Recycled concrete aggregate, is what we use as a subbase for all residential. Walkways. Poured concrete is only necessary around new pools and driveways. The RCA is installed in “lifts” meaning we fill the area with 2-3” of base, compact it and then repeat until we reach the top of our forms. Once we have achieved a satisfied amount of subbase it is time to add fine sand. The sand will get spread over our RCA subbase, tamped and then screeded out to a smooth finish. Since the pavers are manufactured with a 1/16th of an inch error from the molds, the sand will allow us to get the top of the pavers to a leveled surface.
Setting Up to Lay Pavers
Final Stages to Paver Construction
What we do next is add a concrete edge to the perimeter of the walkway that is exposed. This concrete edge is a restraint and keeps the pavers from shifting out of place. The concrete is set about 1 inch below the top of the paver and then gets covered by topsoil. To fill in all the joints between the pavers we use sand.
This process is where we sweep the sand into the joints and after proper installation and adding water the sand will set to a hard finish. Ultimately locking out weeds and helping keep the pavers together.
You may say to yourself that you love the way the colors look when the patio is wet. There are sealers that can leave the pavers with that look.
Sealing your pavers will also seal the sand that is in between the joints, preventing it from coming out of the joints.