How to lay pavers

These easy, no-fuss instructions make it easy for everyone to lay their own footpath or paving area at home. 

It’s time to lay some pavers but you’re not sure where to start? You’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re laying a footpath or paving a small entertaining area, the tips and video below will show you exactly what you need to do. So, let’s get into it.

What you need:

  • Road base
  • Easy Mix Paver Bedding & Screeding Sand
  • Easy Mix Paver Bond
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Spade
  • String line
  • Tape measure
  • Spirit level
  • Rubber mallet
  • Long straight edge
  • Firm bristle broom
  • Hose with mist attachment
  • Brick bolster
  • Tamping tool or compactor

Helpful Tips

  • Ensure you include a suitable fall in your paving area for drainage.
  • Adding a grid of string lines across the paving area can help with positioning pavers.
  • Use a bolster to lightly tap around the edges of smaller pavers or brick saw to trim larger pavers down to size.
  • Avoid walking on your pavers until the Easy Mix Paver Bond is dry and firm. 24 hours is sufficient provided there is no rain or moisture in that time.

Directions:

Use the paver areas as the basis of material requirements for the job.

Length x Width = square metres

Product coverage guide: 

Paver Bond Sand | 1 bag per 5-7m²

Paver Bedding Sand | 2 bags at 3cm depth per square metre

Prepare the area

Prepare the area by levelling out any uneven areas and spreading road base (10-15cm depth) evenly over the ground surface. Compact to ensure the area has no soft spots and is level.

Spread Paver Bedding & Screeding Sand

Spread the paver bedding sand over the road base to a depth of 3cm. Use a straight timber edge to level out the sand surface. It helps to work in a sawing motion.

Choose a laying pattern

Choose a laying pattern before commencing. Place a string line around the outer edge to help guide you.

Begin to lay pavers

Lay the pavers against the longest edge of the entire area. Lay whole pavers first, and come back and place cut down pavers along the edges last. Make sure you leave an even 3-5mm gap between each paver.

Broom Paver Bond Sand into gaps

Ensure pavers are completely dry before pouring Paver Bond sand over a small area of pavers.
Use a broom to thoroughly sweep the sand between the paver gaps.

Tamp Paver Bond sand into gaps

Run a vibrating compactor across the pavers to ensure the sand completely fills all the gaps and is level with the top.

In place of a compactor, place a board over several pavers at a time and hammer. Apply more sand if necessary.

Broom away excess sand and thoroughly wet paving

Broom away any sand from the surface of pavers. Apply a fine mist of water using a pump pack or hose on mist setting. Use enough water to fully seep into the joints but avoid applying excessive water or water pressure – as it will wash away the sand.

 

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How to lay pavers

These easy, no-fuss instructions make it easy for everyone to lay their own footpath or paving area at home.  It's…