Understanding Brick Paver Installation Methods
When it comes to brick paver installation, what's under the pavers is just as important as the paver itself. A proper brick paver installation will have the following components, with each having it own purpose within your interlocking brick paver system.
1. Brick Pavers
2. Bedding Sand- Bedding sand is usually 1"-2" thick, and acts as a "filter" to help prevent the base material residue from leeching up through the paver system. Leeching and upwelling of the base materials is a common issue when little or no bedding sand is used.
3. Compacted Base Material
4. Landscape Fabric
5. Compacted Soil
6. Paver Edge Restraint
7. Landscaping Spikes (if not a poured concrete edge restraint)
Should I Seal My New Brick Pavers?
Yes! And here's why, from the paver sealing pros at Paver Sealing Florida.
There's no doubt that seeing a brand new brick paver installation is impressive, but the truth is, you're looking at dirty pavers. New brick pavers should be professionallly cleaned, re-sanded, and sealed approximately 30 days after installation. This is to allow any efflorescence to escape from the brick, which is a perfectly normal process for cementous products. To help this process, it is recommended to wet the pavers down (soak them) to help stimulate release of the efflorescence.
During the 30-day waiting period before sealing your pavers, the homeowner should be careful to avoid stains of any kind. It's also essential for you to request the extra pavers left over from your project. Sealing a few extra pavers of each size is also a good idea for future repairs.