Who doesn’t want a leg up on the game when taking on projects around the house?
Cheaper in the Long Run and Easy to Maintain
With all the options available to construct add-on features to your house, pavers present the most cost effective solution in the long run. Unlike wood, pavers don’t require sealing to prevent staining on a yearly basis to fight the elements and hold up over time. Solid concrete poured for patios, crack and sustain other potential damages that would require extensive repair work. Pavers hold up in the elements, year after year, and if repairs are necessary, changing out the damaged pavers is far easier than trying to cut and re-pour concrete. Also, the wide variety of colors and shapes that pavers now come in add to their appeal.
Mark Utilities and Dig Deep
Prior to breaking ground on your outdoor paver project; make sure that all utility lines have been clearly marked. Cable, electrical, plumbing, irrigation, even invisible dog fences can create a substantial repair fee, easily avoided by calling your utility providers and having them mark the lines. Once ready to start breaking ground, make sure to dig deep to the root level of vegetation. For grass areas, six inches should be far enough down as to help prevent any future growth up through your newly constructed paver project.
Weeds can ruin the Hard Work
All your hours of hard work, building your dream paver addition, it can be quickly ruined by countless weeds and grass deciding to make the cracks between the pavers their home. Spend the money on good weed guard and roll that out before placing any pavers. Even spraying the area of your project first to kill the existing weeds would help. If not, you might find yourself spending the time weeding out all the little cracks instead of enjoying your new home addition.
A Good Base can Eliminate Future Problems
Before laying a single paver, the base you’re about to construct your project on may be the most important part. If the base isn’t packed, level, or smooth, it can really impede the construction. Also, if the project is built upon an unpacked base, over time the ground may settle more in certain areas due to the new weight upon it causing shifting and all sorts of structural problems with your pavers. Rent a wacker plate or a tamper to ensure the base you plan to build on is even, packed, and smooth to eliminate any potential problems that can arise.
Plan for Drainage
One last important aspect to pay great attention to, is how your patio or other projects will drain. If the patio is going to butt up against a house foundation, be sure there’s a slight slope away from the foundation. This slope will prevent excessive drainage to the foundation, as well as eliminate the potential for water to pool on your patio or project. Making sure water won’t pool is especially important for projects that experience winter due to freezing. It’s pretty simple to figure out a few degrees of slope for your project that will still maintain a level surface.
While paying attention to these minor but very important details can help ensure your hard work and time spent building an outdoor home addition isn’t wasted. The most efficient and probably best route though is to call in the professionals to remove all doubt and guesswork from your project. Let the professionals from Cricket Pavers do the job for you to ensure all measures are taken to give you the best possible home addition without the trouble.